Indigenous Alumni contribute to Jonathan Jones barrangal dyara (skin and bones) Kaldor Project
- When 17 Sep - 17 Sep 2016
The 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project opens this weekend with Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones' barrangal dyara (skin and bones) at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. This follows an extraordinary series of lead-up events over recent months such as the Spot Fire Symposia, which have engaged communities and promoted shared discovery of the research around the project hosted at the State Library, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Australian Museum.
A graduate of UNSW Art & Design, Jones’ project is enriched by a deep and sustained program of engagement with Indigenous language, performances, studio demonstrations, talks, tours and public programs. As part of the Opening Weekend events, a forum discussion with a number of UNSW’s leading Indigenous alumni will take place.
This event is an opportunity to hear from remarkable Aboriginal artists, curators and arts workers, and to celebrate their diverse and distinguished practices across the visual arts and design.
The panel features alumni and current students from UNSW Art & Design including Dr Peter Yanada McKenzie (Eora/Anaiwan), Keith Munro (Kamilaroi/Gomeroi/Gamilaroi/Gamilaraay), Shari Lett (Aboriginal/Irish/English), Lucy Simpson (Yuwaalaraay) and Wesley Shaw (Yuin).
Join us to listen, ask questions and learn about the experiences and careers of Indigenous artists, designers, educators, researchers and innovators.
Alumni Panel members include:
Dr Peter Yanada McKenzie is a Eora/Anaiwan man of the historic La Perouse Aboriginal community in Sydney. He has had diverse experience as a practising artist, musician, project manager, university lecturer, researcher and Aboriginal committee member in several organisations. In 1985, he worked as Aboriginal Liaison Officer/Exhibitions Developer at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, and in 1987 as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer/Project Coordinator with the New South Wales branch of Museums Australia. Peter took on the role of Project Officer/Aboriginal Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 1990, and curated an international Aboriginal art presentation (representing the Australian Government during the French Bicentenary celebrations) at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris for the major exhibition Magiciens de la Terre in 1989. Dr McKenzie completed an MFA in 1994 from UNSW.
Keith Munro is Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a descendent of the Kamilaroi (Gomeroi/ Gamilaroi/Gamilaraay) people of north-western New South Wales and south-western Queensland. His curatorial projects include Ripple Effect: Boomalli Founding Members (2012), Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, and for the MCA Being Tiwi, (2015–2016, co-curated with Senior Curator, Natasha Bullock), the internationally touring Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land (2008–2010), Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek AO (2010) and They are Meditating: Bark Paintings from the MCA’s Arnott’s Collection in 2008. Keith completed his BFA in 1998 and an MArt in 2003.
Shari Lett is a Sydney-based arts worker of Aboriginal, Irish and English descent, who completed a Bachelor of Art Theory at UNSW in 2014 with distinction. Shari is currently the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archivist of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Studio Manager for artist Ben Quilty. Shari has worked on projects with the Sydney Opera House, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and volunteers her time in Nura Warra Umer, the Aboriginal Art room at Goulburn Correctional Facility.
Lucy Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay woman (northwest New South Wales) currently living in Sydney. She is the founder of design studio Gaawaa Miyay. Through her contemporary work in design Lucy uses visual narratives to connect, share and celebrate aspects of language story, country and contemporary Aboriginal culture. Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2010 from UNSW Art & Design where she is also currently Adjunct Associate Lecturer and designer in residence. Named an honouree of Australian design by the Australian Design Centre in 2015, she is passionate about all aspects of Aboriginal design – past, present and future.
Wesley Shaw is a Yuin from Wreck Bay on the South Coast of New South Wales. He graduated from the UNSW Art & Design with a Bachelor of Art Education in 2013 and currently works full time as a Visual Arts Teacher at Warrawong High School. He has recently been involved in the development of educational resources for With Secrecy and Despatch at Campbelltown Arts Centre. He has also been involved in various UNSW Art & Design forums and symposiums and hopes to complete a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership in the near future.
This project connects directly with many Aboriginal communities throughout the south-east of Australia, collaborating to reframe our history. The artwork takes its name, barrangal dyara, meaning ‘skin and bones’ from the local Sydney Gadigal language, on whose country the project will take place, with approval from the community. Members of Aboriginal communities are respectfully advised that this exhibition recalls the loss of cultural objects from across the south-east of Australia.