Symposium: Following the line
In association with Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors
In association with the exhibition Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors, curated by Jonathan Jones, this symposium will celebrate the Aboriginal culture of south-east Australia and the visual practices of Koori men’s work, and reflect on ways that ideas, images and practices have been translated through generations.
Speakers will consider one particular strand of Koori artistic practice – the region’s unique and continuing use of the line by male artists, demonstrating a cultural continuum that highlights the importance and relevance of Koori artists whose work has been previously misunderstood.
The exhibition connects living artists to their artistic heritage and lineage, helping to define and establish a regional artistic movement within the south-east of Australia and contribute to the wider cultural revival movements currently occurring throughout the southeast.
11am Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones is a Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and curator based in Sydney. He has worked at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art programs, and is currently a freelance curator and researcher working on a number of community projects. Jones will be discussing the exhibition concept, its development and some of the research themes that have emerged.
11.30am Michael McDaniel
Professor Michael McDaniel is a recognised Wiradjuri leader working in education. McDaniel holds various positions on boards including the Bangarra Dance Theatre board and the Museum of Contemporary Art Indigenous Advisory Committee. McDaniel has been instrumental in the revival of possum-skin cloak making in New South Wales and one of his cloaks is held in the National Gallery of Australia collection. He will present on the process and cultural concepts behind the revival of the badhang, or possum-skin cloak, as part of the wider south-east revival.
12pm Rodney Carter
Rodney Carter is from the Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta people of central and northern Victoria. Carter has spent many years in the museum and cultural sector, including working at Museum Victoria, and has been leading the discussion on understanding cultural material. Carter serves on a number of boards, including the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, and is currently CEO of the Dja Dja Wurrung Group. Carter will discuss the ongoing importance and development of cultural practices in the south-east.
12.30pm Panel discussion: Jonathan Jones, Dr Stan Grant Snr, Rodney Carter, Michael McDaniel
Speakers will be joined by Dr Stan Grant Snr AM for a reflection on the topics discussed. Dr Grant is a senior Wiradjuri elder and member of the Wiradjuri Council of Elders. Uncle Stan has been crucial to the revival of the Wiradjuri language and has been widely acknowledged for instating Wiradjuri language in schools and universities and across government departments. In 2014 he was awarded his honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree.
2pm Talks in the exhibition, Yiribana Gallery
Speakers include Professor Joy Murphy Wandin AO, Roy Kennedy, Reko Rennie and Steaphan Paton.
Image: Reko Rennie No sleep till Dreamtime 2014 (detail) © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects