Issue 25:2 | June 2005 | Remote
Issue 25:2 | June 2005


The Larrakia Legacy of Billiamook
Larrakia people bore the brunt of colonial expansion in the Northern Territory when Darwin was settled by beraguds (white people) in 1869. Gary Lee writes of Billiamook, one of the first Larrakia to interact with the settlers and the first Aboriginal artist to have his work exhibited and recognised as art.
Under the Skin
The Aboriginal community of Balgo, situated on the cusp of the Tanami and Great Sandy Desert is a melting pot for contemporary Aboriginal art and culture. This article examines a group of white women artists and their various bodies of work which grew from their time spent at Balgo.
Just Really Out There
Steve Fox's job involves regular 1400km round trips from Uluru to some of the most remote communities in Australia. He reports on a typical four-day excursion in the Maruku troopcarrier.
Looking Forward Looking Back: in the East Kimberly
Marrying visual art, dance and inspirational rhetoric has been one of the hallmarks of the Jirrawun Artists Co-operation operating out of Kununarra. These traditional people have been at the forefront of contemporary political debates and Indigenous art practice. Cath Bowdler follows the story of Jirrawun Artists Co-operation from its inception in 1998 to the present day. A non-government funded body, Pro bono partnerships with the corporate and private sector.
Kuninjku Modernism
Kuninjku Modernism pays respect to the wellspring of the Indigenous art movement and the many artists of Western Arnhem Land, furthermore exploring the several countries or nations of this large civic nation.
Looking Elsewhere: Asia at the Top End
The top end has a distinctly Asian flavour not only because of its cultural heritage prior to 1880s but also because of the significant East Timorese connection. This article looks at the Northern Territorys strong and visionary commitment to cultural exchange with Indonesia and the increasing Asian character of Darwin's rapidly changing population.
Sitting Down with Indigenous Artists
Erica Izett explores the cultural convergence between Australias indigenous and non-indigenous people over the past few decades and the rewarding implications it is having on Australias artistic and cultural practice and awareness.
Bush Techies and Secret Data Business
Caroline Farmers position at 24HR Art, the Northern Territorys Centre for Contemporary Art required an involvement with projects specifically aimed to help indigenous artists acquire new media skills. What she found in the Territory however required her to think in an entirely new way. Farmer discusses some of her experiences with her new found traditionally and technologically aligned environment.
Art at the Frontier: Franck Gohier
Frank Gohier has distinguished himself as a resident Darwin artist whose work as a painter, sculptor, printmaker and teacher reflects a different perspective of the far northern - one based on lived experience. Addresses the impact of the indigenous community on his Anglo perspective art.
From Fregon to Srinigar and Back
Kaltjiti Arts is a community owned arts centre in Fregon. A cross-cultural project between two groups of community artists based in South Australia's remote and traditional Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and in Srinigar, the turbulent capital of Kashmir is based on the combining of these two isolated and very different cultures via their arts and traditions.
Neverland vs. Reality: How to Sustain an Art Practice in the Territory
Historically, people in the Territory have viewed southeners with suspicion, often characterising them as missionaries or carpetbaggers. Some emerging artists here are beginning to question these attitudes and are starting to take advantage of the financial and critical lifelines that the south has to offer. Bronwyn Wright and Tobias Richardson are two who have engaged energetically with southerners and achieved high levels of recognition.
Making the Gospel Their Own
Eastern Arrernte Catholics at Ltentye Apurte, the former Santa Teresa Catholic mission east of Alice Springs, are making the local church and liturgy a ground for telling their recent history and reflecting their ancient yet evolving traditions. A mural project was initiated by a local non-aboriginal woman Cait Wait in 2002 with the help of eight neophyte artists.
Women's Business by Remote
In the past two decades the face of Australian art practice has been changed immeasurably by a renewed focus on the culture of Indigenous people and the efflorence of Aboriginal art. This article looks at the work of three non-Indigenous artists who worked in places regarded as remote and developed art practices through engagement with Aboriginal people.
Paji Honeychild Yankarr
Paji Honeychild Yankarr 1914-2004
The Art of Fiona Hall
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane 19 March - 5 June 2005 Julie Ewington, Fiona Hall, Piper Press, 2005, RRP $88.
The 14th Annual Linden Postcard Show
Linden St Kilda Centre for Contempory Arts 5 February - 19 March 2005
Seeking Transcendence
Curator: John Stringer 10 February - 5 May 2005 Perth International Arts Festival
Trent Parke: Minutes to Midnight
Australian Centre for Photography 7 January - 20 February 2005
Proof: The Act Of Seeing With One's Own Eyes
Curator: Mike Stubbs Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne 9 December 2004 - 13 February 2005
Giant Steps and Transcriptions
Experimental Art Foundation 25 February - 2 April 2005 Greenaway Art Gallery 22 February - 1 March 2005 Adelaide Film Festival
Curator: Frank McBride Museum of Brisbane 18 February - 8 May 2005
Disappearing Act
Sherman Galleries, Sydney 10 February - 5 March 2005
Dolly Walker: The Custodian
Fremantle Arts Centre 12 March - 17 April 2005
Not Far From Here
Davenport Regional Gallery 28 January - 6 Marcg 2005 Bett Gallery, Hobart 9 March - 23 March 2005
A memorial for the dead: Commemorating 200 years of loss
In 1988 the artists of Ramingining, a remote Central Arnhem Land community, were responsible for perhaps the most-moving political statement made during Australia’s bicentenary year. Djon Mundine tells UK-based anthropologist Howard Morphy, how this extraordinary monument came to be made.
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Art Co-ordinator: No ordinary job
Howard Morphy interviews Djon Mundine at Ramingining in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
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An Artist's Project: Banduk Marika
Margie West talks to NE Arnhem Land artist Banduk Marika about artists working in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal community. She addresses traditional ceremonies today, the appropriate use of traditional designs, payment for work, copyright, and working to redress environmental damage to the beaches and lands by regenerating native trees and plants.
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East to West: Land in Papunya Tula Painting
Painting movement at Papunya 1971-75 one of the few positive offshoots of the Government's Assimilation Policy. Senior men began to paint on boards and made murals for the school, initially showing sacred secret material, later self-censored. Paintings use complex patterning and dotting to describe formation of land by Ancestors, natural features and travel.
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Aboriginal Arts in Australia 1990
Original dreaming. Aboriginal people believe that the spirit ancestors watch over us today to ensure the laws are kept and that punishment is inflicted if broken. Photograph of Yuendume women dancing.
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The people of Utopia have been making important visual images for thousands of years, on their bodies and ceremonial objects. In 1977 these images leapt onto lengths of silk via the batik technique and it was in this medium that the women of Utopia went on to establish a reputation for themselvs with their powerful images and distinctive style.
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Country in Mind
In the 1940s the name Albert Namatjira became a household word and the skill of this Arrernte artist brought the vivid colours and beauty of the central Australian landscape into the galleries and living rooms of Australia. He and other painters who lived around Hermannsburg mission and in Alice Springs came to be known as the Arrernte watercolour school.
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Abie Jangala
Looks at the works of Abie Jangala from Lajamanu and the country about 500 kilometres north west of Alice Springs.
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Milpatjunanyi: Recent Pitjantjatjara Women's Painting
The Pitjantjatjara share a common heritage with Anangu (Aboriginal people) throughout the vast Western desert. They use the same rich vocabulary of visual symbols that has now become well known through the work of the Papunya Tula artists.
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Two Artists from Yuendumu
Interview with Norah Nelson and Frank Bronson of Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu prior to their first solo exhibition 'Our Dreaming' at the Dreamtime Gallery Perth Western Australia 18 February - 10 March 1990 Perth Festival.
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Paddy Fordham Wainburranga
Paddy inherited his unique style of painting form his father and father before him. It is the old 'style'.
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Doris Gingingara
Article about the artist and her works from Western Australia.
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Isolation: Jimmy Pike and Patricia Lowe in the Great Sandy Desert
There can be few artists who live and work in such isolation as does Jimmy Pike. His isolation is not merely geographical, though our camp on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert is two and a half hours' drive in dry weather from Fitzroy Crossing and inaccessible in dry weather, but also social and artistic.
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Warlukurlangu Artists
Emerging from the heart of central Australia is the most exciting and dynamic development in modern Australian art. The materials are modern -acrylic on canvas. But the content is traditional - mythical and ritual.
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Jujurrpa is a Warlpri word meaning Dreaming and it is the Dreamtime stories that are depicted on the canvases of a group of Warlpri, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Anmatyerre women from the Alice Springs area.
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Keringke Arts
Looks at the Santa Teresa Community 80 kilometres south of Alice Spring and home of the Arrernte people where the Keringke Arts Centre was established in 1987.
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Tiwi Designs
Bathurst and Melville Islands lie of the north coast of Australia about 100 kms from Darwin. They are the home to the Tiwi. As a result of the isolation of Tiwi people their culture has developed independently from others on the mainland. This is reflected in their art which is very bold.
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Yolngu Women Artists
If the 70s is remembered as a period of nurture for Aboriginal art, the 1980s will certainly be remembered as the decade of its dramatic development...there has been an eflorescence of community based enterprises in the remote areas of Australia.
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Maningrida: Traditions Open to Change
Maningrida Art and Craft is synonymous with the best of contemporary traditional Aboriginal bark painting and sculpture, both major individual works and important collections.
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Kinship and the Dreaming
Looks at a family history project beginning with the Koonibba Mission in South Australia.
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Money, Corruption and Authenticity
Whatever capital city one may visit these days, there will usually be an art gallery exhibiting works from the latest Aboriginal art movement. The demand for Aboriginal painting has probably doubled every year over the past decade and nowhere is this more evident than in central Australia.
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To Clean a Rusty ANCAA
The Association of Northern and Central Australian Aboriginal Artists.
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FAIRA: Cultural Heritage Initiatives in Queensland
The Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action is an independent Aboriginal community based and controlled organisation located in Brisbane Queensland.
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Superstar or Generic
Should art centres cater more for the few 'Top Quality' artists that each has or should they support and encourage artistic activities by all who are interested?
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The Aboriginal Copyright Cases
At the 1988 Conference in Broome the author spoke of the growing unlawful use of Aboriginal art by T shirt companies and the fashion industry generally.
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Copyright and Issues of Appropriation
This is the text of the Copyright session given at the National Aboriginal Artists Forum Art Gallery of Western Australia February 1989.
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Aurukun and Comalco
This is a critical time in the history of the wider region of Cape York Peninsula.
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Review of the Review
In 1989, Jon Altman, Chris McGuigan and Peter Yu were asked by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs to look into the viability of the Aboriginal Arts and Crafts industry, to point to ways to improve its efficiency and effectiveness and to advise which government programs could give cost effective support to the industry and to recommend managing and marketing strategies.
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Pitchat and Beyond
Until recently, Pitjantjatjara communities had very limited acces to or influence from mainstream media, communications, technology and information systems. English is still a foreign language to most of the population and functional levels of literacy are very low.
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Poetry in Review
Aboriginal poet Ken Canning ( Burraga Gutya) looks at the nature of poetry. 3 poems of Burraga Gutya included in the issue.
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The Struggle Continues
In every area of the arts where Aborigines are participating there is an intense surge of creative vitality. Once could call it a renaissance period. When I began writing poetry, Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonucul) was the only recognised poet.
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Murris' Coming Out Show
Hello. My name is Marshall Bell. I live at Inala in Queensland. My father was from the famous Jiman Tribe of Hornet Hill massacre mob. My mother was from the Kamilaroi nation Gunedah/Kooma clans. I was born at the now defunct Charleville Aboriginal reserve in the desert of south west Queensland. Having been living off my art for the last 5 years in a suppressive Queensland environment, I think I know what it is like to be living in isolation.
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A Playwrights Story
"In January 1989, I attended the second national Black Playwrights conference. I arrived at this conference feeling very unsure and insecure with nine small scenes which I had hoped would turn in to a play."
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"I joined the Jabiru Cabaret in Cairns as one of the ten founding cast members in November 1988. The excitement for me as a performer, is to bridge the gap of understanding between various races, colours, cultures and countries. To witness the audience reaction to us as a group performing in three distinct areas makes us all feel very close to achieving the message of a minority through our art."
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ANTT Aboriginal National Theatre Trust Limited
The Aboriginal National Theatre Trust Limited arose out of Forums of Aboriginal Performing Artists, Playwrights and Technicians attending the first National Black Playwrights Conference held at the Australian National University in Canberra 1987.
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Aboriginal Theatre in Tasmania
"From the time that whites arrived in Tasmania and up until 1983 Aboriginal performing arts especially theatre arts, had become almost as extinct as whites would have people believe Tasmanian Aborigines were. Not so!"
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Aboriginal Music; Broome Style: Towards Bran Nue Dae
Broome, sleepy, dusty, sub-tropical country town on the north west of Western Australia, with a population of only 7,000 has at least 5 working bands including the well known bands Kuckles and Scrap Metal - a myriad of solo performers as well as traditional Aboriginal musicians.
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Aboriginal Rock Festival
It's now early September 1989 and Aboriginal Rock Bands from the Northern Territory and interstate are travelling by any means possible to Darwin for the Sing Loud Play Strong 2nd Festival of Aboriginal Rock Music.
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Radio Redfern - The Koori Voice in Sydney
Located in an old terrace house in Cope Street Redfern, is the voice of the Aboriginal Community in Sydney. The terrace house is not unlike any other in the inner city. However with the Koori colours on one wall and the music of Koori bands blasting out from its speakers up on the balcony the house is fairly outstanding.
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Black Radio in Cairns
Explores Aboriginal radio in far north Queensland.
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Night Cries - A Rural Tragedy; A film by Tracey Moffatt
Two people suspended in a soundscape - a space punctuated by a stark and corrosive sound. The wail of a dingo, an owl, the grating beat of an iron lung, a gasp, a cry for breath and above all a cacophony of memory.
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Australia to the World
In the choice of Rover Thomas and Trevor Nickolls to echibit in the Australian Pavilion at the 1990 Venice Biennale, Australia will present a combination that challenges many conventional attitudes to Aboriginal art. Simultaneously the exhibition offers an appropriate platform to two important if highly idiosyncratic contemporary painters.
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Letter From Arnhem Land Where All the Real Art's Supposed To Be
"How many people still think that up north or in the centre is the only place for real Aboriginal art. You know when you work with it, selling it, buying it, you hear it all the time."
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The Bicentenary and Beyond: Recent Developments in Aboriginal Printmaking
The period of 1986 - 1989 has been epoch making for Aboriginal printmaking, not necessarily because of an improvement in the quality of the prints produced during that time but because Aboriginal prints in forums broadly motivated by the centenary has allowed them to receive the recognition they deserve.
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Balance Stories
Two alternative opinions on Australia's most obvious cultural exchange - Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal- was the original conception of Balance 1990 Views, Visions, Influences - a collaborative exhibition originally titled Balance 1988: Two views One Vision. Beginning by artists sitting and talking it became obvious that there were more than just two perspectives.
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Balance 1990
Exhibition review Balance 1990 held at Queensland Art Gallery and curated by Michael Eather and Marlene Hall, March 1990.
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Mecca for Printmakers
Looks at the Canberra School of Art Print Workshop has played a key role in encouraging Aboriginal artist to make prints.
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From Yuendumu to Paris
Explores a historic trip for six traditional artists from Australia for the exhibition 'Magicians of the Earth'. This global overview was created to "reveal the force of communication" and was true to its title.
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Lin Onus - Cultural Mechanic
Contemplating the work of Lin Onus the artist, the arts administrator and the panel beating mechanic.
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Mural at Port Lincoln: Kerry Giles and Melanie Howard
Kerry Giles and Melanie Howard talking to Felicity Wright about the mural in Port Lincoln South Australia.
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Article by the artist about her art practice.
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Peter Dabah
Dabah was the Aboriginal Artist in residence at the Flinders University 1989 - 1990.
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Robert Campbell Junior
The artist talks about his art practice.
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Milton Budge
Looks at the art practice of Milton Budge.
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Two Profiles from Cairns: Tatipai Barsa and Zane Saunders
Looks at the art practice of two artists from the Cairns College of TAFE and the Associate Diploma of Art.
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Les Griggs
Examines the paintings of Les Griggs.
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Judy Watson
Looks at the paintings of Judy Watson.
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Shane Pickett
Looks at the works of West Australian artist Shane Pickett.
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Looks at the art practice of Wanjidari.
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Ellen Jose
The artist writes about her art practice.
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Donna Leslie
Looks at the art practice of Donna Leslie.
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Gordon Bennett: Expressions of Constructed Identity
Gordon Bennett interviewed on the development of his work.
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Maree Clarke
Looks at the art practice of Maree Clarke.
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Power Institute Program on Aboriginal Art in Australian Society
The Power Institute at the University of Sydney ran a 10 week program devised by Susan Simons and Bronwyn Bancroft of panel discussions, presentations, films/videos and seminars exploring many of the issues of Aboriginal art in Australian society.
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Gayle Maddigan
Looks at the art practice of Victorian artist Gayle Maddigan.
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Narrangunnawali in Canberra
Narrangunnawali was an exhibition by Aboriginal artists from Canberra and the surrounding region mounted by the Canberra Contemporary Art Space 31 August - 23 September 1989.
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Sally Morgan Speaks
The artist speaks about her art practice.
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