Exhibition talk: Unfinished business
Hear from the exhibition curator
Opening in time for this year’s NAIDOC Week, with its theme ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’, the exhibition Unfinished business: artists land rights treaty delves into the Gallery’s archive to reveal an artist-led, Sydney-based movement supporting land rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the early 1980s. Eve Chaloupka, who recently commenced in the role of archivist, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections at the Gallery, will present a short talk on her findings.
Eve Chaloupka was born in Larrakia country, Darwin to a Ballardong (Nyoongar) mother and a Bohemian (Czech) father, and spent much of her early years travelling in Western Arnhem Land and Kakadu with Bininj custodians and her father, a pioneer in documenting Aboriginal rock art. Over the past 30 years Eve has worked in the cultural heritage sector, including at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Parks Australia – Kakadu, National Archives Australia, Berndt Museum UWA, Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Museum.
Image: Jeff Samuels Brolga in flight (detail) from 'Poster for Apmira Artists for Aboriginal Land Rights 1981 exhibition of works for sale by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists’, National Art Archive, Art Gallery of New South Wales. Artwork © Jeff Samuels