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Date & time
8th of April 2016 at 1:00pm
Fremantle Town Hall 8 William Street Fremantle WA 6160
The annual Revealed Symposium is an important forum for the contemporary Aboriginal art sector, with key stakeholders coming together to discuss the major issues affecting the industry.
This year renowned Brisbane-based artist Michael Cook will deliver the keynote address. Considered one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Aboriginal artists, he will discuss his photomedia practice and recent exhibitions including Art Basel Hong Kong 2016.
The Symposium will also feature a lively panel debate entitled How Do You Sell? Making and Marketing Indigenous Art, discussing strategies to overcome the challenges of selling art from remote regional locations.
1pm Welcome to Country from Matthew McGuire
Introduction: Duncan Ord (WA), Director General, Dept of Culture and the Arts
Duncan Ord worked in the arts industry for more than 30 years before joining the public service in 2003, where most recently he was Deputy Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He is a former Dean of Performing Arts at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and was instrumental in founding Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company, where he was involved in the premiere seasons of Bran Nue Dae and Jack Davis’ No Sugar. He has had a long association with the Aboriginal community throughout his career.
1:15pm Keynote Address: photographer Michael Cook (QLD)
Michael Cook is from Queensland’s Bidjara people. Adopted as a baby by a non-Indigenous family, he was later encouraged to find his Aboriginal birth mother and to explore his Indigenous heritage. Originally a successful commercial fashion photographer, Cook’s expertise in digital image-making and post-production techniques lends an ethereal quality to his re-visioning of Australian history.
2pm Dr Mathew Trinca (ACT) Co-labour Not Consultation: The Making of the Encounters Project
Encounters features rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum, collected from 1770 onwards. This unique exhibition reveals the voices, emotions and stories connected to these powerful objects, including a significant presence of Nyoongar histories.
2:30pm Afternoon tea
3pm Panel Discussion: How Do You Sell? Making and Marketing Indigenous Art
How are Indigenous artists, art centres and gallery owners managing?
Is it about art, business, or much more?
Is everyone behaving fairly and ethically?
What about the quality of work?
Should buyers be more savvy?
The following panellists reveal their thoughts
Sandra Hill (WA), Nyoongar artist
Sandra Hill is a stolen generations Nyoongar artist, now living in Perth. Hill produces intensely personal works exploring identity, loss and the long history of assimilation in Australia and its consequences for her, her family and Aboriginal people.
Sarah Court (SA), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Sarah Court was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in April 2008 and is a former senior lawyer and Director with the Australian Government Solicitor. She has extensive experience in Commonwealth legal work, including restrictive trade practices, consumer protection and law enforcement litigation. Court oversees the ACCC’s enforcement and litigation program and is the Chair of the Commission’s Enforcement Committee.
Helen Carroll (WA), Curator, Wesfarmers Collection
Wesfarmers has one of the most significant corporate art collections in the country. Prior to joining Wesfarmers in 1999, Helen Carroll held the position of Public Programmes Coordinator and Curator of Australian Art at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA. Carroll currently oversees Wesfarmers’ extensive commitment to supporting the performing and visual arts sector in WA and nationally.
Julienne Penny (WA), Director, Tunbridge Galleries
Julienne Penny is the Director and owner of Tunbridge Gallery, previously located in Margaret River and now based in Subiaco, Perth, which specialises in contemporary Aboriginal art. Penny was a lawyer for 30 years, a Family Court judge for ten years and is still a practicing mediator.
Ian Plunkett (WA), Co-Director, Japingka Gallery
Ian Plunkett helped establish the Aboriginal design-based company Desert Designs in Europe, and was involved in marketing Aboriginal art in London and Europe from 1989. Plunkett has been Co-Director of Japingka Gallery since 1995. He was a founding member of The Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association, and has an ongoing commitment to promoting not only the unique Indigenous fine art of Australian Aboriginal artists, but also the exceptional culture that is an integral part of the art. He is also a board member of the Indigenous Art Code.
Mervyn Street (WA), Senior Artist; Director and Previous Chairman, Mangkaja Arts and Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre; Senior Cultural Leader, Gooniyandi Language Group
Mervyn Street is a Gooniyandi man. Gooniyandi is one of the two river groups from the country around Fitzroy Crossing. He was born at Louisa Downs Station and speaks fluent Gooniyandi as well as English. Street grew up on the stations and station life is a regular subject in his artworks. He is an accomplished author, illustrator, carver and painter. Street is an important leader for art and culture in Muludja, Yiyili and Pull Out Springs communities, actively promoting the importance of retaining culture and the many benefits for Indigenous communities to continue living in their remote homelands. He is a former Chairman of Mangkaja and Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC).
Billy Chestnut, Jirrinkin and Dungow, 2016, atelier acrylic paint on canvas, 90 x 90cm
Fremantle Arts Centre is operated by the City of Fremantle