Artists talk: Tom Nicholson, Julie Freeman and Jonathan Jones
A discussion on 'Cartoons for Joseph Selleny'
Join Tom Nicholson, Jonathan Jones and Julie Freeman in a discussion of Tom Nicholson’s Cartoons for Joseph Selleny and its relationship to Australia’s early colonial history, the changing state of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations and the objects that tell these stories.
For two months in 1858 the Austrian imperial frigate Novara was docked in Sydney Harbour as part of a scientific expedition. Cartoons for Joseph Selleny recalls the interactions and exchanges that took place between the ship’s resident artist Joseph Selleny and the people of the Illawarra.
This talk continues the discussion of these exchanges, shedding light on this part of Australia’s colonial past and its place in our cultural memory. It is also a response to the artist book that accompanies the exhibition, which features a series of letters written by Nicholson to undisclosed recipients. The letters hint at conversations and record his research into the Novara’s history. Two of the recipients of these letters are Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri artist Jonathan Jones and Gorawarl/Jerrawongarlo artist Julie Freeman, who both played significant roles in shaping Nicholson’s project.
Image: Tom Nicholson Cartoons for Joseph Selleny 2012-14 (detail). Photograph: Christian Capurro. Image courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane