Undisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial

Image: Maria Orsto Natural Earth Pigments on Canvas

unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial alludes to the spoken and unspoken, the known and the unknown, what can be revealed and what cannot in contemporary Indigenous art, life and culture.

unDisclosed explores artists’ motivations and inspirations and hints at the undercurrent of knowledge, stories and histories that artists reveal–or choose not to reveal–in their works.

unDisclosed showcases the work of twenty leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in Australian contemporary art. Selected for their commitment to excellence and daring to explore new fields of practice and artistic vision, these artists both inform and redefine contemporary Indigenous art as we presently know it

On till the 22nd of July at the National Gallery of Australia

Artists Call Out: Jezzine Barracks redevelopment project (Townsville)

Dear artists,

I work for the Jumbana Group, a design and strategy company. We have been contracted by the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust as Project Consultants to artistically represent both the Aboriginal history and the military history of the site. The Jezzine Barracks in Townsville is being redeveloped into a public art precinct.

We are looking for Queensland 2D artists, 3D artists and practitioners such as those working in glass, metal, wood and stone. Experience with large scale and exterior installations is not necessarily required, as partnerships may be formed later to build and install.

If you might be interested in being a part of this exciting project, please submit your CV/profile and brief examples (inc photos) of your previous work to info@jumbana.com.au. You do not need to come up with a proposal.  Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2012.

If you know of any other artists/sculptors/practitioners, please email them with this information or give me their contact details and I will get in touch with them. This will be a huge project, and it would be great to get as many Queensland artists/sculptors/practitioners involved as possible.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or email if you’d like any further information. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm regards,


Manuwangku,Under the Nuclear Cloud exhibition

“Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud” is a photographic exhibition presenting the community and country in the Northern Territory targeted to host a federal radioactive waste dump. The photos aim to break down the conception that these areas are ‘the middle of nowhere’ and thus suitable for dumping of hazardous materials. The exhibition is expected to travel to many cities and communities commencing from Sydney.
We are raising funds for production of the exhibition catalogue, which will be an important resource to send around Australia and the world to tell the story of the community struggling against imposition of the radioactive waste dump. We also aim to support Muckaty Traditional Owners to travel and speak at the opening of the exhibition in Sydney,being held at the Pine Street Gallery on January 17, 2012. Our funding goal is to raise minimum $5000 for the project and all contributions will be grateful appreciated. So please dig deep.

More information can be found at www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com

Hamburg Calling – A message from Climarte

University of Hamburg researchers have contacted CLIMARTE seeking details of Australian arts activities since 1996 relating to climate change (eg. exhibitions, performances, conferences, etc)… So CLIMARTE has started compiling a list for them, and for us, and we’d like your help! Please email us details of any activities you know. Ideally include event title, host institution, year, and web address if available. Even better, you or someone you know might like to volunteer to research this area for us.  CLIMARTE will publish the list on our website to assist in future research.
Please email mail@climarte.org.
Image – Ralf Schmerberg has constructed a thought provoking igloo made almost entirely of old refrigerators in the center of Hamburg.

Walk Indigenous Melbourne

This Wondrous Land

Guide Melbourne’s Golden Mile Heritage Trail guide

When Europeans first settled the Port Philip region it was occupied by five Aboriginal language groups, which together formed the Kulin Nation. Join City of Melbourne guides for this city walk and discover more about the heritage and sites of significance of indigenous Melbourne.

Hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria

Date: Saturday 22nd October. 10.30am – 12.30pm

Information & bookings
Ph +61 3 8662 1555
10am-5pm daily



Floods don’t discrimate. Saving the Warmun Community Art Collection

On the 13 March 2011 after weeks of heavy rain the rivers and tributaries in the east Kimberley overflowed, sending a deluge across the land forming a torrent of water throughout the region. Nestled tightly on Turkey Creek, the Warmun community was ravaged. The community was declared a natural disaster zone and nearly everyone was airlifted from their homes to Kununurra 200 km away. The Warmun Art Centre, which held the Community Art Collection, sustained considerable damage to its buildings, equipment and its artworks. At least half of the items in the Collectin were submerged in muddy flood waters and all sustained mould damage due to humid conditions over the following days. With generous probono support from all around, and in particular from Argyle Diamond Mine and CCMC, and from ANKAAA the collection was helicoptered to an air-conditioned building and into the safe hands of CCMC conservators.  Toll Holdings provided a truck to bring the artworks to Melbourne.

The Warmun Community Art Collection holds the earliest art produced in the Kimberley containing significant works by the first generation artists of the east Kimberley painting movement: Paddy Jaminji, Rover Thomas, Jack Britten, Henry Wambini, Hector Jandany, George Mung and Queenie McKenzie. For many years, elders would congregate under a bough shelter and use these items to teach. The children who were taught with these items are now adults and practicing artists themselves. They too, now believe their children need to be educated in the same way. The survival of these artworks is in jeopardy and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) at the University of Melbourne is helping with it preservation. However, support is needed for the Centre to complete work on the most important and most badly damaged works.

From 17 to 21 October community elders will visit Melbourne to advise on the conservation program for the collection. To ensure this collection is returned to its rightful place, your help is needed. A fundraising dinner will be held at University House at the University of Melbourne on 21 October 2011.  Community elders and conservators will talk about the importance of this collection and about the conservation program that will see its safe return to Warmun. Tickets to the dinner are available at $150 per ticket, including three courses and wine. For bookings or information on how you can help support the conservation of this important collection please contact Director of the CCMC, Associate Robyn Sloggett on 8344 6455 or email: rjslog@unimelb.edu.au.