Maurice O'Riordan

Maurice O'Riordan works at the Northern Editions at Charles Darwin University


The Gouldian finch and the "Save Lee Point" campaign

I have never seen a Gouldian finch “in the wild”, but over the past two years I have become familiar with its image on signage in Darwin streets and byways along with the words Save Lee Point. This typically shy, mostly silent and endangered bird is the brilliant icon of a grassroots movement to protect one of Darwin’s last remaining woodland corridors.


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Sitting & connecting: Goulburn Art Class 2-0-1-1
Goulburn Class 2-0-1-1 was an exhibition curated by Djon Mundine at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery of work made by prisoners at the local Correction Centre in response to ten one day workshops in the prison by seven Aboriginal artists whose work was also in the show. Writer and editor Maurice O'Riordan reviews the exhibition and more importantly the processes it involved.
Indigenous: Indignation
Nyilpirr Spider Snell Raft, 3 - 20 December 2003 Fitzroy Fusion, Mangkaja artists Raft II, Darwin 6 - 20 December 2003
Adelaide and Beyond
Charting Co-existence
Mapping Our Countries was an exhibition at the short-lived Djamu Gallery in Sydney, curated by artist Judy Watson and archaeologist Dr Paul Ta'on. They collected objects and works of art to illustrate how they relate to the idea of mapping land or sea. Mapping is done for a huge variety of reasons, for exploiting resources, for proving theories, for simply finding one's way.
Reconciliation: Indigenous art for the 21st Century
Where Eagles Hover
Any discussion of the sacred and spiritual in Australian art must surely defer to the art of Aboriginal people for theirs is the art and culture which speaks most directly and profoundly about the connection of human spirituality to the Australian landscape.
Art & the Spirit
Cementa Country Arts SA NAVA Unley Museum