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A Lycett for Christmas

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-12-18 15:08:56

A delightful project has emerged from the National Library in Canberra and the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute of Aboriginal Studies. “True Light and Shade” takes the early 19th Century artworks of that infamous forger Joseph Lycett and sets them...» Read More


Art Adds to the Beauty of a Long Distance Walking Trail

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-09-22 17:51:06

Since reading the book, Wild: From Lost to Found Along the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, I, like many others, have been romancing the idea of a long-distance walk. And today the Larapinta Trail, a 223km walking trail along...» Read More



Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-09-14 15:46:33

Was Cyclone Tracy a freak accident of cosmology, an epic drama involving a vengeful wind, or just a pissed off tropical storm? The insinuated anthropological terminology given to destructive natural disasters such as Tracy has 'Her' with the best of them....» Read More


Djilpin Arts Arrives at Melbourne's Federation Square

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-05-22 13:16:08

Walk with Us: Djilpin Arts, the Northern Territory’s globally recognised Aboriginal Corporation located at the remote Beswick (Wugularr) community on the south-west border of Arnhem Land, brings a rich and ancient tapestry of indigenous culture to Federation Square in Melbourne...» Read More


Tali Gallery gives Sydney's International Grammar School Helping Hand

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-05-22 12:03:51

The co-educational secular school in Ultimo (Sydney), International Grammar School (IGS), is hosting an Indigenous art exhibition to benefit Sydney’s Indigenous community through the school’s Indigenous Scholarship Program. The event, being organised in partnership with Sydney's Tali Gallery, will also...» Read More


Monstrous figures in Arnhem Land

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-05-04 16:52:02

There's some impressive writing going on at The Conversation at present - and that's not only from the contributors, check out the feedback as well. The following is an excerpt from Christine Nicholls' latest, Monstrous figures in Arnhem Land, the...» Read More



Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-04-29 15:39:50

The Daly River community (Nauiyu), 240 kilometres south-west of Darwin, celebrates the 27th Merrepen Arts and Culture Festival from Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June, with a weekend of traditional and contemporary performance, colourful designs, fashion and fabrics, art...» Read More


Desert Song and the Pike Family

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-04-24 01:36:40

There are two very worthwhile exhibitions on in the West right now, and if you're not able to make it the good folks there have also reproduced these exhibitions online: Desert Song and the Pike Family. The first exhibition, Desert...» Read More



Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-04-15 02:15:38

I had arranged to meet Pat Corrigan – Art Collector and Patron, especially of Aboriginal art, at the Art Gallery of NSW at 5 o'clock for a glass of wine and a chat. He was already there when I arrived...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-04-08 12:47:32

Anyone reading the usually-reliable Nicolas Rothwell in The Australian newspaper a couple of weekends ago (The Review 22/23 March) in a major essay entitled 'Culture War', would have come away convinced that an exhibition designed to reveal the extent of...» Read More


Prodigy at Eighty - The Miracle of Emily

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-03-05 18:19:07

Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Diversity in the Desert. It has been said that her work “enabled the flowering of a whole new generation of Aboriginal artists”. My first experience of Emily was at Alice Springs airport about 20 years ago. Wandering...» Read More


The Shock of the Old

Posted by Frannie Hopkirk | 2014-02-17 14:01:25

Arabs believe that the soul can travel at the rate of a trotting camel. From that one can imagine that the souls of millennia of aboriginal nomads, roving the desert, restless, ever-moving, searching, working, contemplating their existence, drawing their Dreaming into...» Read More


The Marvellous Frannie Hopkirk joins the AAD

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-02-16 10:35:38

We are delighted to announce that Frannie Hopkirk has joined the Aboriginal Art Directory as a Feature Writer for our News. For those who don't know, Frannie is from one of Australia's most pre-eminent art families, the Whiteley's - she is...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2014-02-13 08:19:23

Adrian Newstead is probably uniquely qualified to write a history of that contentious business, the market for Australian Aboriginal art. He may once have planned to be an agricultural scientist, but then he mutated into a craft shop owner, Aboriginal...» Read More


Frannie Hopkirk

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2014-01-01 00:04:01

Frannie is from one of Australia's most pre-eminent art families, the Whiteley's - she is Brett Whiteley's sister, both having grown up amidst Australian art royalty. Frannie twice sat for William ('Weppy') Pidgeon, a family friend, before Brett's ascent, each portrait...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-12-22 19:50:44

With Aboriginal bark paintings there's the constant dilemma – how important is the aesthetic appeal of the work, and how important the story – and the status of the man telling it? The issue arises because there have been old barks...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-12-19 18:05:20

There was a time after the great Olympic Dreaming Festival of 1997 when I thought the case had been made for all Australian multi-arts festivals to incorporate a serious Indigenous element in their programming as a matter of course. Apart...» Read More


Paddy Japaljarri Stewart - 30/06/35 to 30/11/13

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-12-17 15:06:19

Sadly, we have lost one of the real pioneers of Desert Aboriginal art, Paddy Japaljarri Stewart. Once known as Cookie Stewart, he was a chef at Papunya and was involved as a relative of Clifford Possum and Tim Leura through...» Read More



Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-11-12 06:23:55

From 11-15 November 2013 a group of 11 emerging Indigenous art leaders throughout the Kimberley region of Western Australia will gather in Perth for the Emerging Leaders Program, a week-long professional development program which is a core component of the...» Read More


Trouble afoot for Mwerre Anthurre Alice Springs Arts Centre Studio?

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-10-18 17:49:25

According to a recent post on Facebook (in full under), Mwerre Anthurre, the arts centre arm of Bindi Inc. home of award winning and well known artists Kukula McDonald, Jane Mervin, Conroy Ginger, Lance James, Billy Kenda and long time...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-10-11 12:33:05

It sounds as though we're off into the rarified atmospherics of quantum physics here with an exhibition called String Theory. But Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA for short) curator Glenn Barkley is just toying with his audience in...» Read More



Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-08-09 17:46:12

The leaders of both of the main groupings of remote Aboriginal art centres have spoken out recently about the gulf between Indigenous and urban Australia. Philip Watkins, CEO of Desart, representing 45 Central Australian centres, rationalised that “High end galleries...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-07-26 18:59:47

After the marvels of the first two episodes, the ABC's 'First Footprints' makes slightly less impact in bringing Australia up to date through the last 6/7000 years. There are simply fewer firsts than there have already been noted: the First...» Read More


For the Sake of a Song

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-07-19 13:59:20

As part of this book review we have been given permission to include a couple of the recordings from the accompanying CDs. We think you will really love them. var YWPParams = {playlink:true,...» Read More


Vincent Serico

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-07-11 17:47:43

The current QAGoMA exhibition, 'My Country : I Still Call Australia Home' has alerted me to the work of the late Vincent Serico, whose painting, Carnarvon Collision (2006) reflects a naïve artist's take on ghastly events in the history of...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-07-11 17:10:57

No – not a spangly sing-along with Peter Allen, or an ad for Dubai-bound Qantas. But part of the provocative title - My Country : I Still Call Australia Home - of the largest ever show of contemporary Indigenous art...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-07-09 18:34:36

“It was a big rock that set off so many ripples,” was how Leila Gurruwiwi from Yirrkala in NE Arnhemland put it on Radio National this morning. She was talking about the great Bark Petition to the Australian Parliament in...» Read More


Ganagan (Deep Water) on Display

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-05-23 15:10:45

Being Launched on 6 June by the Hon Heidi Victoria MP (Minister for the Arts, Women's Affairs and Consumer Affairs) is an exhibition called Ganagan, a Taungurung word meaning 'deep water', being organised by the Koorie Heritage Trust. On show...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-03-27 16:00:10

In a marvellous piece of irony, the Kimberley Foundation, which was established by the likes of Elisabeth Murdoch and Allen and Maria Myers to assist the late Grahame Walsh continue his assiduous survey of Aboriginal rock art in The Kimberley,...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-03-20 20:17:35

It's one hundred years since Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was first heard on May 29, 1913, at Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Hailed by the Oxford Dictionary of Dance as “a seminal moment in Modernism,” the premiere shocked its audience,...» Read More


COL LAVERTY 26/5/37 to 09/02/13

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-02-13 15:11:18

A huge hole has opened up in the Indigenous art collecting world with the death of Dr Colin Laverty OAM at the age of 75. The gentle giant who, in 1978, was the first in the world to publish his...» Read More


Hermannsburg watercolourist, Mervyn Rubuntja's Open Studio

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-02-06 13:40:47

Watercolour landscape artist Mervyn Rubuntja will be travelling to Sydney from Alice Springs for a weekend of events in Sydney in February, which include a painting session at a local gallery and a panel discussion at the State Library of...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2013-01-30 17:43:33

In the torrent of art books with an Indigenous flavour that were published last year, one stands out for the sheer exuberance of its art – and the quality of its reproduction : Power + Colour/New Painting from the Corrigan...» Read More


First Aboriginal and TSI Playwriting Festival in Sydney for 20 Years

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2013-01-18 13:14:40

The first Aboriginal playwriting festival in Sydney for over two decades. Yellamundie: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival is a landmark writing event which will take place over two weeks from 27 January 2013. The Festival brings together...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-12-19 11:26:59

by Jennifer Isaacs, published by the wonderful Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University at $120 It's been an amazing year for Aboriginal art books – never known a better. If only I'd had time to read them all rather than just dip...» Read More


Unique Indigenous story teller awarded

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-11-26 12:13:57

Indigenous writer, poet and story teller Herb Wharton has been awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature; a $50,000 award that recognises the achievements of eminent writers who have made outstanding and lifelong contributions to Australian literature....» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-11-23 16:31:48

Unspoken in this ironical borrowing of the Queensland State tourism slogan is a quite different conclusion – DEAD THE NEXT. For this new play at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney is another telling of the sad story of the death of Mulrunji...» Read More


Bundyi Festival

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-11-13 12:47:25

AlburyCity is hosting the Bundyi: Come Share With Us Festival, 21 – 25 November, celebrating Aboriginal culture. It is a great opportunity to meet and talk with local Aboriginal people. Highlights of the event include: Bundyi Evening Gathering QEII comes alive with...» Read More


Afternoon Tea with Ms Koori Love

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-10-31 11:08:16

Marrickville Council’s Resident Artist in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studio at Addison Road Centre (ARC) is Ms Koori Love. Ms Koori Love is the cheeky Koori Mail columnist who writes about love, relationships and Aboriginal communities for the Koori...» Read More


Film Noir and Pulp Fiction Bad Girls and.. Larissa Behrendt?

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-10-20 11:32:24

Opening today at the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney is Wicked Women, described as a playful, subversive and wickedly sexy exhibition of new works by prize-winning artist Rosemary Valadon. Inspired by the 'bad-girl' persona from the vibrant early to...» Read More


Djirirra Wunungmurra Wins People’s Choice Award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-10-17 18:45:39

Arnhem Land artist Djirirra Wunungmurra has been voted the People’s Choice Award winner as part of this year’s 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The 44-year-old artist received 118 votes of the 1544 votes cast for her...» Read More


People On Country

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-10-16 17:58:52

Do you remember the ending to that great Indigenous film, Samson & Delilah? The damaged couple set up home in the middle of nowhere – a remote outstation where they could live off the country and recover their moral and...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-09-28 16:52:17

There are obsessives – and then there's Mike Donaldson. The 67 year old geologist has already produced a mighty book of images from the Burrup Peninsular area, alerting the world to its remote beauty and the threat from industrial developments...» Read More


Bubbay: A Christmas Adventure

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-08-22 16:16:17

October 2012 book release, children's picture book Bubbay lives in the outback spending his days protecting a herd of goats from dingoes. He sleeps in his swag under the stars and the only person he visits is Mrs Timms for chicken’s...» Read More


The 29th NATSIAAs

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-08-10 15:45:11

“It's a really interesting year, I think – characterised by strong women. Where have artists like Cornelia Tipuamantumeri, Barbara Moore and Rhonda Sharpe suddenly come from? Pow!!” Very new Curator of Indigenous Art at the Museum & Art Gallery of the...» Read More


The adventure story of two young brothers encountering a native bee

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-07-31 10:25:07

Written by Nola Turner-Jensen and Illustrated by Dub Leffler, The Sugarbag is an adventure story of Jimmy and Max, two young brothers, who are on their way to visit their grandfather. Walking through the bush, they encounter an Australian native...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-07-20 19:12:05

Almost three years ago, I reported here about the strange and wonderful arrival of the Art Gallery of NSW's iconic Pukumani Poles in its so-called Colonial Courts – perfectly placed in chronological terms, but utterly challenging beside the best efforts...» Read More


Waiting at the Gate - abandonment to Aboriginal Artist of the Year Nomination

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-07-18 13:04:03

At the age of five, after years of abuse, and just months after the death of her father, Robyn was sent on a ‘holiday’ and was never returned to her family. She waited at the gate for her mother to...» Read More


Prof Larissa Behrendt releases Dummies Book

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-07-10 15:31:45

YOU probably knew that indigenous art was ''more than rocks and dots'', as academic Larissa Behrendt explains in her new book, Indigenous Australia for Dummies. But were you aware that the largest indigenous populations in Australia are urban? That indigenous Australians...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-07-04 00:17:03

Sadly, the cat never escaped! Last Saturday's promising discussions at the Sydney Opera House - Aboriginal Art: it’s a white thing and Write the truth, or shut up – turned out to be damp squibs in terms of achieving any...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-06-28 14:14:02

This weekend in Sydney, two free discussions about Aboriginal art are likely to set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons. Both are at the Opera House on Saturday and involve leading Blak players in the art game. Session One, particularly,...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-06-15 12:59:46

A welcome change at the Sydney Film Festival was a special program of Indigenous films – Australian and international. This appears to be a move out of the Opera House by Rachel Perkins's Blackfella Films, where their Message Sticks film...» Read More


Aboriginal Art Auction Signals a Shift Towards Minimalism and Tradition

Posted by Nicholas Forrest | 2012-05-10 16:33:12

The market for Aboriginal art has had a tough time of late as the cautious buying activities of collectors and investors allude to a market in a state of suspended animation that is struggling to establish a new identity in...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-05-02 13:41:28

Both of the country's major Indigenous art fairs have announced their plans for 2012 – and give every impression of being stronger than ever. While the Cairns Fair (CIAF – 16 to 19 August) has always had the potent backing...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-04-27 18:37:14

At a generally unhappy auction of Aboriginal art on 4th April at the house of Deutscher + Hackett, the National Museum of Australia swooped on two 19th Century drawings by the Kwatkwat artist, Tommy McRae. For $79,300 – a record...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-04-24 11:50:28

Red is the hottest colour in the visual arts at the moment. The British play 'Red' about Mark Rothko's extraordinary series of red paintings for a hotel in New York is getting productions in Melbourne (now) and Sydney (in...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-04-22 16:52:26

The ABC Radio National's Books and Arts program raised some curly issues on Friday regarding the export of Aboriginal art by international collectors. Taking part was the feisty John Wilkerson, a belated entry into the American pantheon of collectors -...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-03-16 13:57:58

"The Mulleavy sisters stand out from the New York Fashion Week crowd with an imaginative Fall line full of Outback influences", pronounced The Daily Beast blog on February 14 this year. "The two sisters behind the Rodarte label are rare...» Read More


Women with Clever Hands

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-03-16 11:37:18

The two year tour of fibre work from the small, almost unknown Arnhemland community of Gapuwiyak is continuing with its opening in Sydney, at the Object Gallery later this month. Originating from Wagga Wagga Art Gallery under the aegis of...» Read More


Ernabella Craft Pioneer Dies

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-03-11 11:54:50

In her 1968 book, The People in Between, about her life at Ernabella Mission station, Winifred Hilliard wrote, ''To the north there are bad people, and to the south there are bad people, but in between are the Pitjantjatjara people''....» Read More


29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-02-16 15:00:04

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists can be in the chance to win $40,000 cash by simply submitting their artwork. The Telstra Art Award, Australia's longest running art award dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, is...» Read More


Art centres and communities (transcript)

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2012-02-13 16:19:53

Transcript of a radio interview 13 - 19 February 2012 (Newslines Radio) PRESENTER: Hi, I’m Nathan Ramsay and you’re listening to Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. Today we’re taking a...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-01-30 14:44:11

The 40th anniversary last week of the accidental Aboriginal Embassy on the lawns of Old Parliament House in Canberra was as good an opportunity as any to learn how it came about even before the messy events that accompanied it....» Read More


Lavertys in The Netherlands

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-01-20 11:31:38

The Lavertys - Colin and Liz - are legends in their own lifetimes. For they've not only built the largest Aboriginal art collection in this country – others overseas, such as the late John Kluge's, now at the University of...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2012-01-12 08:56:07

It's Lindy Hume's third and last Sydney Festival, and, finally she's got up a major indigenous contribution. There was a time after Rhoda Roberts' 1997 Dreaming Festival for the Olympics, backed up by the pair of Adelaide Festivals from Peter...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-12-06 15:05:02

The amount of money collected by the Resale Royalty scheme that came into force in Australia in June last year is on the point of reaching half a million dollars. $300,000 of that will have gone to indigenous artists. To be...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-12-01 12:06:42

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN – WITH MONEY! I am writing to excite you with talk about the significance of the art works and colour of the truck. It is 11 years since Pintupi people painted pictures and raised one million...» Read More


Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2012: Newsflash - extended entry deadline

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-10-28 14:00:44

The Indigenous Arts Awards have decided to offer artists a few extra days to complete online forms. The deadline to register for the online form is still Friday, 28 October 2012. However, once you have registered you now have until 5pm...» Read More


Guided Visits – Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of NSW – 28-29 Sep 2011

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-09-16 16:06:11

IDAIA – International Development for Australian Indigenous Art – is delighted to organise a series a guided visits of the new Aboriginal art exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. The opportunity to better appreciate the...» Read More


Mick Gooda joins the conversation

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-09-05 23:20:30

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda will share his views on Indigenous governance and representation, and the provision of services to the community following the closure of ATSIC. Presented in association with Off the Walls: Art...» Read More


Mick Gooda joins the conversation

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-09-05 23:18:42

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda will share his views on Indigenous governance and representation, and the provision of services to the community following the closure of ATSIC. Presented in association with Off the Walls: Art...» Read More


CIAF 2011

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-08-23 10:55:26

The third edition of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, enjoyed by about 15,000 people in the balmy setting of Cairns in the Spring revealed the constant state of evolution that is Queensland's indigenous art scene. Prime amongst the developments was the...» Read More


DAAF 2011 is on!

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-08-05 18:46:09

Despite the closure of Top End Arts, the organisation that managed the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair for a couple of years, it's back on again in 2011, running 12-14 August. Vibrant new artworks from more than 40 Aboriginal owned art centres...» Read More


Indigenous Photographer named in Great Moments in BlackHistory

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-07-27 12:01:58

GREAT MOMENTS IN BLAKISTORY 27 July 2011 - Wayne Quilliam CELEBRATING BLAK HISTORY MONTH 27 July 2011 Wayne Quilliam Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam, a Palawa man from Tasmania, is one of Australia¹s leading photographers. He has more than 1000 publications in books and magazines worldwide and...» Read More


'LAND, SEA & SKY' - In and Out of the Torres Strait

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-07-06 16:18:48

By coincidence rather than by design, both the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gab Titui Cultural Centre opened exhibitions last week called 'Land, Sea and Sky'. The title could be describing anywhere – but is particularly appropriate for those little...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-06-27 10:31:57

Is a silver anniversary any more important than a 20th or a 17th? I ask because the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT), the Darwin home of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award has belatedly...» Read More


Introduction to Aboriginal Art, Talk in French - Tuesday 28 June @ Institut Catholique de Paris

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-06-16 16:30:35

IDAIA is delighted to present an introductory talk in French focused on understanding the uniqueness of Aboriginal art. It will explore its origins, issues at stake for its survival, various contemporary forms, and its development. Aboriginal art is known internationally...» Read More


Guided visit - Aboriginal art @ Musee du quai Branly, Paris

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-06-16 16:26:06

IDAIA is delighted to announce that Solenne Ducos-Lamotte, specialist in Aboriginal art, founder and director of IDAIA will be conducting a visit of the superb Aboriginal art collection of the Musee du quai Branly in Paris. A fantastic occasion for...» Read More


Platform conversations: Constitutional recognition - so what?

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-06-13 22:58:41

Join the inaugural Platform Conversations at the National Museum of Australia event with Mal Brough, Alison Page and Garth Nettheim to debate whether recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution will make a meaningful difference to...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-05-25 19:58:12

There are probably no other collectors in Australia who could get away with naming an exhibition 'Laverty 2' and expect instant recognition by viewers. But then Colin and Liz Laverty have the advantage of having had such a big impact...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-04-29 17:28:56

A wonderful suite of paintings by Oenpelli's Alex Nganjimirra has emerged five years after his death just in time to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Painted between 2002 and 2004, the son of Bobby Nganjimirra simply imagined the English 'Queen lady”...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-04-01 17:02:02

The longer one spends with this book, the more intense and varied the experience. A hazy impression from exhibitions past that Tommy Yannima Watson painted everything red – with surprising patches of oppositional colour...a ring of white, splashes of blue,...» Read More


A guided visit of the Aboriginal Art exhibition at the AGNSW with Solenne Ducos-Lamotte, IDAIA's Director, Specialist in Aboriginal Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2011-02-25 12:27:22

An evening tour of the art+soul exhibition Wednesday 16 March A guided visit of the Aboriginal Art exhibition at the AGNSW with Solenne Ducos-Lamotte, specialist in Aboriginal Art and IDAIA's Director, an organisation dedicated to the international development of a quality and...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-02-01 17:26:59

On the morning of Saturday 29 January, at the age of 63, Aboriginal artist Ian Abdulla passed away at the Berri Hospital, South Australia after a brief battle with cancer. His family was by his side. Born under a gum tree...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2011-01-31 12:18:53

One of the largest collections of Indigenous art ever assembled is being shown at galleries throughout Winnipeg in Canada. There are around 60 pieces of art included in Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, created by 34 diverse artists. "Since...» Read More


Dunkeld Open Gardens and Galleries, Nerissa Major's At Studio

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-12-07 11:40:23

Activities now available at Nerissa Major's Art Studio. Koori Art and Craft Workshop $5 pp (inc. materials) Come and create your own piece of Koori Artwork. Experience a traditional "Welcome to Country" Greeting $50 (up to 4...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-11-24 11:53:07

The Art Gallery of SA has organised its second big exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Desert, showing until the end of January and accompanied by a big catalogue. It's a very generous and gentle introduction to the art that...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-11-11 14:22:20

How to tackle this intimately informed, radically revisionist but ultimately frustrating tale of the art movement that did more than anything to change Australia's views about its indigenous people and bring their culture closer to the cities of the south? For...» Read More


Gallery puts final touches to indigenous wing

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-26 23:21:31

After several years and millions of dollars $100 million to be precise the monumental building works in the National Gallery precinct are finally complete, with a grand new entrance to prove it. But with the official opening not until next week,...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-10-20 16:40:07

In a statement from Short Street Gallery in Broome, which represented the Yulparija artists of Bidyadanga, Emily Rohr has said: "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to the formidable, Weaver Jack, who passed away on 6th October 2010....» Read More


2009 NAIDOC Artist of the Year Wayne Quilliam nominated for International Award

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-08 06:52:30

One of Australia’s leading Indigenous photographers has been nominated as a Master of Photography by National Geographic. The 2009 NAIDOC Artist of the Year Wayne Quilliam said “To be considered for such an award is an honour and I...» Read More



Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-07 12:16:46

Bigger than Ben Hur (which is soon to be at a football stadium near you)! Hetti Perkins, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, turns out to be a gentle, girlish guide...» Read More


The Healing Power of Indigenous Art

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-06 02:55:21

What a long weekend of Indigenous art! While I haven't seen the new Indigenous galleries in Canberra, I did dive wholeheartedly into art + soul at the Art Gallery of New South Wales One of the joys of living at...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-10-03 19:28:19

Prototype, precedent, templet, archetype, scantling, reads my Roget's Thesaurus – which I think gives you the drift of my thinking regarding the importance of recent events in Canberra. No – not on the Hill, where Tony Abbott seems determined not...» Read More


New Searchable Online Database for Australian Art Competitions

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-10-03 17:29:01

Artrillium House has now released it's "The Art Directory" in the form of a searchable online database which is available to subscribers. 1400 art competitions are listed with all relevant information such as entry date, prize monies, when, where and...» Read More


Curator unveils a triple treat

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-30 23:28:54

Hetti Perkins has put her heart and soul into an exhibition, television series and book about indigenous art, writes Steve Meacham. Like her famous father, the elegantly trouser-suited Hetti Perkins bites her nails and loves soccer. Unlike her famous father -...» Read More


Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice Opening Night

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-27 22:43:04

Friday 8 October 7.30-10.30pm Tickets $25 per person Join the official opening celebrations to enjoy an evening of exceptional art and delicious bites, with fine wine, beer and soft drinks available from the cash bar. Limited numbers available, please book early to avoid...» Read More


Cultural trail-blazer guided by heritage

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-25 23:02:51

Catherine Keenan meets the indigenous curator helping put the final touches to the NGA's new galleries. The woman overseeing the opening of the largest permanent collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world is surprisingly calm. As senior curator...» Read More


Politics of the Secret

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-21 20:12:55

Rumors that Vivien Johnson was writing a history of painting at Papunya have been reaching my ears for a long time now. When the publication of Johnson’s Lives of the Papunya Tula Painters was announced in 2008 by IAD...» Read More


Discover Dunkeld, Nerissa Major's Art Studio

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-09-20 18:58:17

A display of Unique Local Affordable Aboriginal Artworks, Giftware and Jewelry For Sale. Listen to Some Local Koori Stories $3 per Person or $6 per family See Unusual Aboriginal Stone Tools and how they're used $2 per person...» Read More


Breakfast with Hetti Perkins. Part two – life, work, art and more

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-29 22:08:37

This is the second part of a chat I had with Hetti Perkins over breakfast at The Roma Bar during the Darwin Festival. Here Hetti talks about her recent work on a new 3 part series called art + soul to...» Read More


No keeping place for Sydney Aboriginal art collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-29 22:07:56

Yet another eviction deadline has passed but Aboriginal artist Gordon Syron and his wife Elaine are still desperately seeking a home for their collection of Aboriginal art, the Keeping Place, one of the largest collections in the country. Currently housed in...» Read More


Resale Royalty and the Collector

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-14 14:29:03

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is holding an exhibition with a focus to provide information on the ramifications of the recently introduced Resale Royalty. Featuring works by both living and deceased artist and works outside the Resale Royalty. As part of...» Read More


Our Mob 2010

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-09 19:28:39

Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to present the fifth annual Our Mob exhibition, on display in the Artspace Gallery as well as theatre foyers from July 31 – September 5, 2010. Held during the 2010 SALA (South Australian Living Artists)...» Read More


Hands-on demonstration and debate: The future of museum multimedia

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-08-02 16:56:55

Meet the creators of the impressive 8-metre multimedia display in the Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition . See behind the scenes, discuss the interpretation strengths and debate whether multimedia is the way of the future for museums. Supported...» Read More


Library hosts indigenous art show

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-14 23:23:26

IPSWICH'S indigenous artists have chosen a high-traffic area to give their work maximum exposure over the next four weeks. The Ipswich library on South Street attracts a constant stream of local folk of all ages and cultures, so an exhibition around...» Read More


Lin Onus @ Counihan Gallery

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-11 22:57:14

Lin Onus: Meaning of Life at the Counihan Gallery is an exhibition of prints by Lin Onus. The exhibition also traces Lin Onus’s development, his “apprenticeship” in the Northern Territories, to when he had truly found his voice as an...» Read More


Aboriginal Art the Theme of "Hot Rock Dreaming", the New Thriller from Writer Martin Roth

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-07 16:38:46

Alice Springs and the world of Aboriginal art form the background to “Hot Rock Dreaming”, the second novel from Martin Roth starring private detective Johnny Ravine. Australia’s most famous Aboriginal painter is dead - supposedly killed when a heavy object tumbled...» Read More


The Balgo is in Beijing for exhibition

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 2010-07-03 21:55:16

The Contemporary Australian art from the Balgo Hills Western Australia is on display at Beijing's National Art Museum of China, as part of the first event for the Year of Australian Culture in China. The Balgo exhibition is a...» Read More



Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 2010-06-27 19:42:10

“Now, almost forty years after its genesis, the epicentre and dynamic thrust of the Western Desert art movement has dramatically shifted from Papunya, Kintore and Kiwirrkura to Ngaanyatjarra and APY art centres. The untrammelled painting of senior men and women...» Read More


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