String Theory is a travelling exhibition from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. It features a range of diverse works from across Australia from artists who use textile and other craft-based practices. We headed to the Caboolture Hub (a campus of the Moreton Bay Regional Art Gallery) to see the touring installation of the … Continue reading String Theory Indigenous art exhibition at Moreton Bay Regional Art Gallery
Last week I went along to the opening of Fiona Foley’s latest solo exhibition, Courage, at Redcliffe City Art Gallery. The exhibition is a retrospective of sorts, featuring works from a number of bodies of work from Fiona’s practice over the three decades.
Ack! Ack! Ack! You walk into the gallery space and your mind stumbles. Am I in the wrong gallery? Where are the portraits of Aboriginal men and women staunchly gazing from the wall? Where are the text works of clean minimal text? What is this MESS?
A recent trip to Sydney had us in search of Indigenous created public art. We found Bibles and Bullets by Fiona Foley. Fiona is a Brisbane-based artist who has work in all the major public collections around Australia and overseas. She was a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Art Collective. Fiona’s practice crosses disciplines, including … Continue reading Bibles and Bullets by Fiona Foley
Finally got my hands on a copy of Colour Theory. It screened on NITV | SBS earlier last month, but I missed the broadcast. The series is made up of eight 25 minute episodes featuring a contemporary Indigenous artist and is narrated and hosted by Richard Bell.
Have you seen the ArtBank 2020 series where prominent Australians look at artists from the ArtBank collection? Here is a video we wanted to draw your attention to. Wesley Enoch, deadly Stradbroke Island man, and Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, discusses his passion for the art of Aboriginal artist Gordon Bennett. His mix … Continue reading The Art of Gordon Bennett
Image of From Dreamtime 2 Machinetime (1979) by Trevor Nickolls at QAG|GOMA in Brisbane, 2013 This week Aboriginal artist Trevor Nickolls passed away. Most Australians are not aware of this work of Mr Nickolls, and the way he paved a path of possibility for those artists whose work we value and respect so much today. … Continue reading Trevor Nickolls – Dreamtime to Machinetime
I was contacted by the Powerhouse Museum about a project for Indigenous Literacy Day this year, where students from Glebe Public School visited the Yinalung Yenu: Women’s Journey Exhibition. Students looked at the important role that women play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life. Further they were instructed to write and illustrate a personal narrative about a … Continue reading Learning about the Other in Indigenous Studies
This teacher’s education resource was produced by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane to accompany the touring visual arts exhibition, cantchant by Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee. cantchant was also part of the Once Removed exhibition at the Venice Bienale in 2009. You can download a copy of the teacher’s education resource here.
Students will ask “why can’t we use Aboriginal images?” Particularly if they see the work of artists like Richard Bell, who is deliberate in his appropriation of “western” artists like Lichtenstein or Tillers. “If he’s apppropriating, why can’t we*? Well there are a couple of responses you can offer that may assist students to get … Continue reading Appropriating Aboriginal Art: To Be or Not To Be