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Two of the men who inspired the fire workshop, Cape York Elders Dr Musgrave and Dr George.

Fire workshop sparks interest in sharing techniques

THE National Indigenous Fire Workshop opened at Bundanon in southern NSW last night (July 12). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have gathered to share fire knowledge about traditional ways of looking after country. The workshop began in 2008 on Cape York Peninsula. This is the first time it’s been held outside that region. Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation director Oliver Costello, a Bundjalung man, said there are plans to develop a seasonal burn calendar. “People learn from other mobs about how they burn their country and we facilitate the process,” he said. The workshop is being hosted by Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks and Bundanon Trust and runs until July 15.

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Ray Ken is one of the 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists exhibiting in Defying Empire at the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Artists defy empire with spectacular exhibition

Friday, 6 July 2018 11:35 am

IDENTITY, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the Stolen Generations are being explored in a survey of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the University of Queensland Art Museum, from July 28. Touring from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial brings together 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the nation. The exhibition features artworks of various media, from painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, to video, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork. The exhibition runs until November 11. Entry is free.

Evonne Goolagong.

Goolagong honoured with highest award in tennis

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 4:44 pm

EVONNE Goolagong Cawley’s extraordinary career and advocacy has been honoured by the International Tennis Federation. The ITF has announced it will bestow its greatest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, on the Australian champion at a gala event next month. Goolagong, a Wiradjuri woman, won the French Open and Wimbledon in 1971 while still a teenager, going on to become the world No.1 and total seven grand slam crowns. The award also honours the post-career work of the individual. Since moving back from the United States in 1991, Goolagong has worked with Tennis Australia to increase female and Indigenous participation in the sport.

Dja Dja Wurrung traditional owners and artists Rebecca Phillips and Aunty Marilyne Nicholls.

Dja Dja Wurrung stories brought to life on mill

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 4:22 pm

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday night the historic Anderson’s Mill at Smeaton, about an hour south of Bendigo, will come to life with stories of Dja Dja Wurrung clans, from central Victoria. It is history under represented and often misinterpreted. The new 20 minute projection work Now You See It, created by Djaara cultural advisors and artists, Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and Rebecca Phillips with lead artist Jim Coad from Video Architecture, also features a soundscape created by musician and composer James Henry, and stories of the mill.

Tarlina Tipunwuti and world No 18 tennis player Ash Barty in the Arts Centre in Nguiu on Bathurst Island. Picture: Glenn Campbell

Barty named Indigenous tennis ambassador

Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:06 am

WORLD tennis No 18 Ashleigh Barty has been named Tennis Australia’s national Indigenous tennis ambassador in a move to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to tennis. Barty was welcomed to the Northern Territory and given a tour of the new Darwin International Tennis Centre at Marrara, which will host the National Indigenous Tennis Carnival in September. As part of her trip to the Top End, Barty flew to the remote Wurrumiyanga community on Bathurst Island and conducted a tennis clinic at the local Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic School.

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

Western Desert mob develop own Da Vinci code

Friday, 20 April 2018 10:18 am

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 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. Ms Lyon said the artists looked at several portraits, but particularly liked the pose of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century masterpiece.

Alexis Wright has won the Stella Prize for her book Tracker. Picture: Vincent L Long

Alexis Wright adds major prize to stellar career

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.”