Modern Australia has an odd relationship with Federation. Perhaps we’re all too busy getting over our New Year’s Eve hangovers to think about it, or perhaps, because Australian nationhood was “voted for”, rather than “fought over”, we just take it for granted. Either way, the 1st of January doesn’t really figure much in our imaginations … Continue reading Australian Federation
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
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