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	Image: Blak Douglas

NAIDOC 2020: Always was,  Always  will be

Blak Douglas and Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts in conversation with Yumi Stynes

In this NAIDOC Week edition of Art After Hours Online, artist Blak Douglas and Aboriginal rights activist Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts speak with Yumi Stynes to discuss ideas of sovereignty and the ways they celebrate and amplify First Nations voices through their work and creative practice. This has been an extraordinary year for each of them, with Vanessa leading thousands of Sydneysiders in protest against Indigenous deaths in custody and in support of the global Black Lives Matter movement, and Blak Douglas becoming a finalist in this year’s Archibald Prize for the fourth time, with his striking portrait of Dujuan Hoosan, star of the documentary In my blood it runs.

This event will be live captioned.

Blak Douglas was born Adam Douglas Hill in Blacktown, Western Sydney, to a Dhungatti Aboriginal father and an Irish-Australian mother. Trained in illustration and photography, he is a self-taught painter and his works are held in national and international collections. A classically trained Yidaki player, he has performed around the world, accompanying the likes of Albert David, Christine Anu and Jessica Mauboy, and at major events including The Deadlys, the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony and the welcome event for Nelson Mandela. This is his fourth year as a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts is a proud Bundjalung woman, activist, writer and storyteller. At the age of 11, she was forcibly removed from her family and community and placed in out-of-home care. Her personal experience motivated her to study law and social work due to the injustices and disproportionate impact of the law on her community. In 2019, the Australian Human Rights Commission awarded Vanessa the Young People’s Human Rights Medal. Vanessa recently completed her honours thesis, which discusses policies of oppression and the implications of trauma (intergenerational trauma) for First Nations people.

Yumi Stynes is a writer, broadcaster and music and art fan. Her fourth and fifth books will be out in 2021 and she’s keeping busy on the KiiS network with her national afternoon radio show, 'The 3pm Pickup’. Her most recent book, 'Welcome to Your Period’ won an ABIA Award for Book of the Year for Young People and has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Spanish and German, among other languages. In her spare time, Yumi goes to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and goes running. Sometimes she runs to the Gallery!

This event is open captioned.

Image: Blak Douglas

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 7.30pm (AEDT)


Online event
The event will be streamed via our Facebook channel and Youtube channel

Duration 30 minutes

Related program: NAIDOC Week 2020

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