Art teacher Suzi Lyon with Utju (Areyonga) artists Lorraine Donald and Joy Kunia.

Western Desert mob develop their own Da Vinci code

THE Mona Lisa has served as a point of reference for a series of self-portraits to be exhibited during the Desert Mob Aboriginal art festival in Alice Springs this year. Ten women from Utju (Areyonga), 220km west of Alice Springs, spent a week at Charles Darwin University recently, learning and practising the fine art of portrait painting as part of the Certificate II in Visual Arts. Lecturer Suzi Lyon said they were all highly accomplished artists, but keen to expand their skill set with other ideas. Ms Lyon said the artists looked at several portraits, but particularly liked the pose of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century masterpiece. But in contrast to Mona Lisa’s dark and plain attire, the Utju women wore bright colours and strong patterns for their self-portraits. Most added a personal touch, with a beanie, scarf or necklace, and in one case the artist is holding a cup of tea.

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Alexis Wright adds major prize to stellar career

Alexis Wright has won the Stella Prize for her book Tracker. Picture: Vincent L Long
Friday, 13 April 2018 9:54 am

WAANYI writer Alexis Wright has won the Stella Prize for Tracker, her book about Eastern Arrernte man Tracker Tilmouth. “I want to express my gratitude to my friend Tracker Tilmouth, a visionary leader in the Aboriginal world,” she said. “I thought very deeply about how to develop this book by using our own storytelling principle of consensus, to give everyone the opportunity to tell their part in the story. I worked on this book because I felt that Australia needed to hear what Tracker had to say. It is important. It involves the future of Aboriginal people and our culture.”

Mauboy got a lotta love for Eurovision

Jess Mauoby is sharing the love for Eurovision.
Friday, 9 March 2018 9:43 am

Jessica Mauboy has released the song she will sing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in May. “I love the Eurovision Song Contest. I have since I was a little girl watching it with the family in Darwin,” Mauboy told SBS. “Eurovision, to me, is people brought together through a real love of music and all the joy that music can bring. I can’t wait to perform this song live in Portugal and see it connect with a global audience at such a special time.” You can listen to #We Got Love and the official Eurovision video clip here:

Darling Harbour features portraits of Sweet Country

Natassia Gorey-Furber in Sweet Country.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 11:36 am

Darling Harbour in Sydney has been transformed by 16 large-scale photographic portraits taken on the set of Warwick Thornton’s film Sweet Country. The Sweet Country stills exhibition, featuring photographs by Tamara Dean, Michael Corridore, Mark Rogers and Warwick Baker, is run by Bunya Productions and Photoplay Films and supported by Screen Australia and aMBUSH Gallery. The exhibition is in Darling Harbour until March 10.

Mundine knocks out Browne, now wants Horn

Anthony Mundine, 42, defeated Tommy Browne in Sydney last night.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 9:25 am

AN ageless and dangerous Anthony Mundine wants any bout against Jeff Horn to be above the super welterweight limit. Mundine last night kept alive the possibility of a fight against World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion Horn with a vicious second-round knockout of former featherweight world title contender Tommy Browne in Sydney. Horn’s trainer and manager Glenn Rushton didn’t rule out fighting Mundine but stressed his charge’s focus was on a mooted April mandatory defence against unbeaten American superstar Terence Crawford.

Mundine wants crack at champion Horn

Anthony Mundine is fighting Tommy Browne in Sydney tonight.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 4:48 pm

JANUARY 17: Anthony Mundine wants one more year in boxing and a crack at World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion Horn before calling it quits. Mundine, who has won major titles in three weight divisions since switching from rugby league in 2000, tonight will be looking for his first win since November 2014, after losing successive fights for the first time in his career. Speaking ahead of his clash with Tommy Browne at the Star in Sydney, the 42-year-old says he is in the best shape since his first fight with arch-rival Danny Green in 2006.

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League

Sydney Sixers star Ashleigh Gardner.
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 3:50 pm

Two Aboriginal cricketers – D’Arcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner – hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of cricket’s Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls – including eight sixes and eight fours – as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

Bundjalung mural unveiled by artists in Nimbin

Artists Oral Roberts and Gilbert Laurie in front of the mural they painted along with Lewis Walker.
Friday, 12 January 2018 3:12 pm

Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts, Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker have unveiled their new mural in Nimbin, northern NSW. The artwork, in Peace Park, tells Bundjalung creation stories and displays important symbols and totems. Laurie said they started painting the mural in October. “It tells the story of our country,” he said. “How we connect with country and how it was made.”

Jessica Mauboy our entrant for Eurovision 2018

Jessica Mauboy
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 5:41 am

Aboriginal singer Jessica Mauboy is Australia’s entrant in the 2018 Eurovision contest, to be hosted by Portugal this May. The 28-year-old says culture will be her focus as she starts work on a song she hopes will sweep away the judges in what is the world’s biggest TV music competition. Mauboy was on stage at Eurovision 2014, but only as an interval act.

Rugby league festival to kick off 2018 season

Cherbourg Hornet players after the 2017 Interstate Challenge against the Redfern All Blacks at Newcastle. The Redfern All Blacks won the men’s match 34-12.
Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:19 am

THE second Festival of Indigenous Rugby League will kick off the 2018 rugby league season on February 10 with the NRL announcing a week-long celebration and matches at Sydney’s Redfern Oval. The 2018 festival will follow the inaugural 2017 Newcastle festival. Six teams will play as part of the festival, with emerging men’s and women’s Maori teams participating for the first time. The Indigenous All Stars elements will form part of the festival, including the Youth Summit and NRL Indigenous Players’ Cultural Camp.

Jillaroos take on Canada in women’s world cup

Caitlin Moran on her way to the try line in the World Cup match against a luckless England. Picture: NRLPhotos
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 2:01 pm

CAITLIN Moran and Nakia Davis-Welsh have been rotated out of the Jillaroos team to take on Canada this afternoon in the final pool game at the women’s Rugby League World Cup. Maddie Studdon will get a chance to impress in the No 7 jersey with Moran not named in coach Brad Donald’s 17 for the game at Endeavour Field, in Sydney’s south. Moran and Davis-Welsh are two of four Indigenous players in Australia’s World Cup squad – the others being Rebecca Young and Lavina O’Mealey. Moran all but locked down the halfback spot after starring in the Jillaroos’ 38-0 win over England.