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Black Art Projects

August 2019

Robert Fielding will travel from Mimili, a small and vibrant community located on the APY lands in the remote North-West of South Australia, to Sydney for Sydney Contemporary where he will take part in an In Conversation at the Blackartprojects booth G07 to discuss how his artistic practice has become the vehicle for celebrating Anangu culture. Further details here

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Deadly Family Portraits: Electric Mimili is a documentary featuring Robert Fielding and son Zaachariaha telling their story about reconnecting to culture and identity in their home of Mimili, in the far north-west of South Australia. Available on Iview here

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Robert Fielding has been announced a finalist of The Banyule Award for Works on Paper, awarded biennially to an outstanding contemporary work on paper. Open to all Australian artists, the award is an acquisitive prize with the winning artwork entered into the Banyule Art Collection. The exhibition runs 28 August - 3 September 2019. Further details here

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Robert Fielding has been announced a finalist of the 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, with his work Echoes #1 (Tjalini). The exhibition runs 5 October - 17 November 2019 at the Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria. Further details here

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Kulinmaya! Keep listening, everybody! is the story of Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams life, beliefs and artistic journey, as he told it, in Pitjantjatjara and English. Mr Williams (1952-2019) was one of the founders and directors of Mimili Maku Arts, an Anangu owned and governed art centre in the remote community of Mimili on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. He was an exhibiting artist for over ten years, and finalist in a number of art prizes since 2016. He is best known for his iconic paintings incorporating scrawling writing on Australia Post mailbags, suspended from traditional kulata (spears). The book, published by Allen and Unwin, is available in bookstores nation-wide. Further details here

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Kaylene Whiskey has won the general painting award at the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) in Darwin with her work Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) Tjukurpa (Dreaming). The judges commented that ‘In this irreverent interpretation Whiskey invents and casts her own heroic women onto an imaginary stage within her community at Indulkana. By reclaiming televised pop culture idols she celebrates female empowerment and sisterhood by creating an exuberant drama and in a playful twist superimposes the scene onto a repurposed tourism road sign’. Further details here

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Commissioned by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Robbie Rowlands undertook a three-month residency from January to March 2019 in the Former Union Bank, which now stands proudly as the National Centre For Photography. Incremental Loss was the centre’s inaugural exhibition and the artist’s largest to date. For BIFB 2019, Rowlands will his present photographic records from the exhibition furthering photography’s relationship with sculpture. The exhibition runs 24 August - 20 October 2019 at the National Centre For Photography in Ballarat, Victoria. Further details here

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Nadia Hernández has been announced a finalist of The Churchie, a prize dedicated to supporting, encouraging and profiling the work of artists in the early stages of their careers, with her works Remezcla #2 and Remezcla #3. The official opening and prize announcement will take place on 13 September with the exhibition running through to 21 December at IMA, Brisbane. Further details here

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Anthony Lister’s exhibition Culture is Over, the 10 year anniversay of his No Win Sitch exhibition, was featured heavily across worldwide media sources. Read some of the articles at Concrete Playground here, Broadsheet here, Vogue here, and Sydney Morning Herald here.

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David Booth has completed a 130 metre work Living a Dreaming in the City for Tallawong Station, commissioned by Landcom for the launch of the new Sydney Metro. The mural will be on view through to December 2020. Further details here

Black Art Projects

July 2019

Kulinmaya! Keep listening, everybody! is the story of Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams life, beliefs and artistic journey, as he told it, in Pitjantjatjara and English. Mr Williams (1952-2019) was one of the founders and directors of Mimili Maku Arts, an Anangu owned and governed art centre in the remote community of Mimili on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. He was an exhibiting artist for over ten years, and finalist in a number of art prizes since 2016. He is best known for his iconic paintings incorporating scrawling writing on Australia Post mailbags, suspended from traditional kulata (spears).

Long before becoming an artist, Mr Williams was widely known across the APY Lands as a skilled orator, thinker and cultural leader. Creating Kulinmaya! Keep listening, everybody! was his longheld dream as it would be a vessel to disseminate his message far and wide. The book has become a thorough insight into the life of a cultural leader on the APY Lands. It combines contemporary and historical photographs with a range of Mr Williams’ artworks, and allows readers to engage more deeply with the meanings and stories behind his artwork, in particular as it relates to the long struggle for land rights on the APY Lands.

Recorded in Mr Williams’ first language, Pitjantjatjara, the project was as much about recording his life story, as it was about maintenance of language. For Mr Williams it was paramount that young children on the APY Lands should continue to learn Pitjantjatjara at school. With his book, he is making an essential contribution to this celebration of language: No other book of this extent has been written entirely in Pitjantjatjara.

Out of a first edition of 5000, over 1500 copies have already been distributed to schools across the country via Australian Standing Orders (a school book club). Mr Williams’ widow and ex-school teacher Tuppy Goodwin will be supporting schools across the APY to incorporate the book in their lessons, and teachers notes are available online.

In October, a launch event will be held at the APY Gallery in Adelaide (19/10/2019, 2-4pm, 9 Light Sq), at which a limited artist edition of Kulinmaya! Keep listening, everybody! will be presented amongst friends and family from the APY Lands. The book and the contained artworks stand as Mr Williams’ epic legacy, keeping his voice and ambitions alive beyond his passing.

“I want my book to be in schools and read by politicians and young people everywhere, so that they can learn about Tjukurpa Law, and realise how crucially important Tjukurpa is to Anangu Aboriginal people. Our Tjukurpa Law is all-encompassing. It was always intended to be eternal, but we know it is at risk. This is why I am documenting it now. I want to raise people’s counciousness. I want us to be acknowledged by the wider society and the government. I am hoping to start a movement of new awareness.”

(Kunmanara Mumu Mike Williams, 2018)

Black Art Projects

MAY 2019

Littlewhitehead’s solo exhibition Annexed Future is on show at Nir Altman, Munich running through to 22 June, 2019. Continuing their study of abandoned space and starting from the phenomenon of deadmalls, they present a handmade landscape exploring absence, structural fracture, angst and stolen iconography. Further details here. Installation view: Littlewhitehead, Annexed Future, Nir Altman, May 2019. Image by Dirk Tacke Fotografie.

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David Booth’s commissioned work for Landcom’s new Sydney Metro Public Art Activation Project spans 130 metres at the brand new Tallawong rail Station. The mural will be on view through to December 2020. Further details here

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David Booth and Carla McRae have been awarded the City of Adelaide’s City Library commission, a mural that will intrigue and entice visitors to Francis Street and engage city residents to experience the City Library by exploring the opportunities offered in the space. The work will be on display from 22 June 2019.

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Robbie Rowlands has been awarded the Riddiford Arboretum Sculpture Symposium which received $200,000 in funding through Create NSW. Rowlands previously served as an Artist In Residence in Broken Hill, and worked closely with the West Darling Machine Preservation Society to re-curate and reinterpret their display using projection, sound, and sculpture. His work on the Symposium will involve interpreting the significance of Australia's first green belt, and the ground-breaking work of Albert Morris, the Barrier Field Naturalists' Club and the Zinc Corporation to green Broken Hill. Further details here

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Sarah Duyshart celebrates the completion of her studies in the 2019 RCA Graduate Exhibition at the Royal College of the Arts (Kensington Campus), London, with a major work that extends beyond the confines of the building. The exhibition opens 27 June and runs through to 8 July 2019. Further details here

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Two of Robert Fielding’s images from the Graveyards in Between series have been included in aMBUSH Gallery’s new space at Kambri, the Australian National University’s $260 million redevelopment. The inaugural exhibition While You Were Sleeping features Fielding alongside other First Nations artists from across Australia including David Cragg, Noni Cragg, Blak Douglas, Elizabeth Close, Julie Dowling, Warraba Weatherall, Otis Carey, Benita Clements, Michael Cook, Damien Shen, Shane 'Mankitya' Kookaburra, and Wayne Quilliam. While You Were Sleeping is open to the public from 10am-6pm weekdays and 11am-5pm on weekends until 23 June 2019. Further details here



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Nadia Hernández has been selected as a finalist of the 2019 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award with her work The curtain of the night falls, an army of lights interlace the city. The exhibition opens on 1 June 2019 and runs through to 11 August at Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria. Further details here

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Nadia Hernández has been announced a finalist of the 10th annual 2019 John Fries Award. The $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognises the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. Curated by Miriam Kelly, the finalist exhibition There is Friction in the Spaces Between runs 21 June - 27 July, 2019. Further details here

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The works of Kaylene Whiskey and Kunmanara Williams are currently own show in The National 2019: New Australian Art which presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art in March 2019. Further details here

Black Art Projects

April 2019

Vale Kunmanara Williams

Known for repurposing Australian Post mailbags as political artworks, Kunmanara Williams leaves an incredible legacy as a Land Rights activist, Aboriginal elder, pastor and celebrated artist.

One of the most spectacular artworks in The National 2019: New Australian Art, unveiled this weekend at the Museum of contemporary Art Australia (MCA), is an expansive six-meter painting on Australian Post Mail Bags stretched on traditional spears, by the late Kunmanara Williams (1952-2019).
For many, it was sad news to learn of Mr Williams passing just two weeks prior to the exhibition. He was just 56.

Anna Wattler, Manager of Mimili Maku Arts where Mr Williams worked, wrote in a formal statement: ‘Despite the fact he spent much of the past twelve months in hospital, he continued to fervently work towards his biggest projects to date. Mr Williams realised his largest and most political artwork, reflecting his resolute desire to be heard. This desire equally manifested in Kulinmaya!, a book project that continued to grow with his ambitions and deep knowledge. Mr Williams had much to say, and we better all listen up.

‘Sadly, he will not be witness to the unveiling of his work as part of The National at the MCA, or the launch of his book Kulinmaya! later this year. However, his powerful voice and legacy remain for us to heed.’

The 240-page bilingual book will be published by Allen & Unwin and is scheduled for release in August.

Excerpt from Gina Fairley’s article published on Artshub on 4 April 2019. Read the full article here.

Image: Kunmanara Williams, Kamantaku Tjukurpa wiya. (The Government doesn’t have Tjukurpa.), 2018. Installation view, The National 2019: New Australian Art, MCA, 2019. Image courtesy the artist and Mimili Maku Arts © the artist. Photograph: Jacquie Manning

Black Art Projects

March 2019

David Booth’s work will be projected across the facade of Parliament House as part of the Enlighten Festival in Canberra, opening Friday 1 through to Sunday 17 March. Further details here

. Image by Bec Selleck.


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David Booth’s forthcoming exhibition Tasmanian Time Traveller will be installed in Macquarie Point’s newly built Long.House creative hub designed by Core Collective Architects. The exhibition will available for viewing from 22 - 25 March 2019.



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Nadia Hernández has been announced a finalist of the 10th annual 2019 John Fries Award. The $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognises the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. Further details here

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Curated by Halinka Orszulok, the exhibition Uncertain Territory at Artbank Sydney features the collaborative work of Mumu Mike Williams and Sammy Dodd alongside Uri Auerbach, Tina Havelock Stevens, Alana Hunt, Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Raquel Ormella and Halinka herself. Further details here

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Kaylene Whiskey and Mumu Mike Williams are participating artists in the forthcoming survey exhibition The National 2019: New Australian Art which presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art in March 2019. Further details here

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Broadsheet has featured Robbie Rowland’s current exhibition Incremental Loss at the National Centre for Photography, produced on residency with the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The exhibitions runs to 20 March 2019. Further details here. Read Broadsheet’s article here

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Robbie Rowlands' commissioned work Middle Row is on display in the Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North, Melbourne.  



Black Art Projects

January 2019

Robert Fielding's work is currently the subject of a solo exhibition in Europe's first gallery dedicated to Indigenous Australia art, Fondation Opale, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Further details here

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Robbie Rowlands' commissioned work Middle Row is on display in the Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North, Melbourne.

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Documentation of Robbie Rowlands' 2018 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery residency and Nearness exhibition can be found here

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Robbie Rowlands has been commissioned to undertake a site intervention as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale's 2019 program which will launch in February 2019.

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Mumu Mike Williams, Kunmanara Martin and Sammy Dodd's collaborative work for the exhibition Weapons for The Soldier is on show at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery until 3 February 2019. Further details here

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Nadia Hernández will undertake a residency at Bundanon Trust in February, where she will develop a new body of work to be exhibited in Melbourne in April. 
Installation view: Nadia Hernández, Este es mi ejército (This is my army), Firstdraft, April 2018.) Image by Zan Wimberley.


Black Art Projects

November 2018

Mumu Mike Williams, Kunmanara Martin and Sammy Dodd have been included in the groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the APY Lands that bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and Country. The exhibition runs 11 November 2018 - 3 February 2019 at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery. Further details here

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Ash Keating has been announced a finalist of the 2018 Korea-Australia Arts Fund (KAAF) Prize. The exhibition runs 30 November 2018 - 25 January 2019. Further details here

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Mumu Mike Williams has been included in Support Structure, an exhibition that assembles the work of artists who paint in a sculptural way. Exhibiting alongside Emma Coulter, Jake Walker, Kate Tucker Louise Blyton and Sam Martin, the exhibition runs 15 November - 22 December 2018 at La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo, Victoria.

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John R. Neeson presents his Venue Referential Project Cloister Mirror as part of the Open Spaces Festival. The annual celebration of multi-disciplinary arts, diverse cultures, collaboration and place is held at the Abbotsford Convent from 17 - 18 November. You can download a copy of the program, including event and exhibition times and locations at the Abbotsford Convent website here

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Robbie Rowlands’ cut and reconfigured steel locker work Downturned cuts is currently exhibited in the 2018 Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change at the Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne. The exhibition runs until 25 November 2018. Further details here

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Robbie Rowlands’ Nearness is a three day exhibition at the Machinery Preservation Society as part of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery residency program. It officially opens 2 November from 6pm and continues through Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 4pm.

Black Art Projects

August 2018

Photographs from Robert Fielding's Graveyards in Between series have been included alongside works by Gunybi Ganambarr, Daniele Hromek, Lorraine Connelly Northey, Archie Moore and Megan Cope in the exhibition Foundation, curated by Emily McDaniel for Fairfield City Gallery and Museum, Sydney. The exhibition runs until 17 November 2018. Further details here

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Robbie Rowlands has been announced a finalist for the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award. The exhibition runs 13 October - 25 November 2018.

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Robbie Rowlands has been announced a finalist for the 2018 Incinerator Art Award. The exhibition runs 5 September - 19 October 2018.

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David Booth is amongst a selection of artists who have created works that reflect upon on the 30th anniversary of the Parliament House building for the exhibition Façade which runs 17 August – 21 October at Parliament House, Canberra.

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Ash Keating's video North Park Proposition has been acquired by the Nillumbik Shire Council.

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Robert Fielding's Graveyards in Between series has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Black Art Projects

MAY 2018

Congratulations to Kaylene Whiskey who has been announced the winner of the 2018 Sir John Sulman Prize with her work Kaylene TV. The painting will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 12 May - 9 September 2018.

This is my painting about two strong kungkas (women). Cher is singing a song on the microphone; she is having a great time because her boots have silver spurs and are really tall above her knees. Dolly Parton is wearing the pink overalls with pockets. Dolly has been skateboarding at the shops. She must have bought that Christmas present for Cher because they are good friends, they like to sing together! Kaylene TV is playing some good songs like Rage, and there is a big mingkulpa (local native tobacco) plant growing underneath the good boomerangs. - Kaylene Whiskey, 2018

Black Art Projects

April 2018

Robert Fielding, Mumu Mike Williams and Kaylene Whiskey have been announced as finalists for the 2018 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). The exhibition runs 11 August - 25 November 2018. Further details here

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Robert Fielding and Kaylene Whiskey have been included in the exhibition ‘A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness’ at ACCA. Curated by Hannah Presley, the exhibition will celebrate the significance of family, community and humour in contemporary Aboriginal life and feature new commissions by artists from south-east Australia and beyond and runs 7 July - 16 September, 2018.

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Ash Keating has been announced a finalist for the 2018 Alice Prize. The exhibition runs April 28 - 17 June 2018. Further details here

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Ash Keating has been announced a finalist for the 2018 St Kevins Art Prize. The exhibition runs 26 May - 28 May 2018. Further details here

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Ash Keating has been announced a finalist for the 2018 Nillumbik Art Prize. The exhibition runs 31 May - 22 July 2018. Further details here

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Sarah Hendy has been announced a finalist for the 2018 Fleurieu Art Prize. The exhibition runs 16 June - 22 July 2018. Further details here

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Mumu Mike Williams, Puna Yanima and Robert Fielding have been announced finalists of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper award. The exhibition runs 20 July – 9 September 2018.

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Shaun O’Connor has been included in Abstraction Twenty Eighteen, a collaborative exhibition between Five Walls Projects, Justin Art House Museum, Stephen McLaughlin Gallery, Langford 120 and Factory 49. O’Connor’s work will be exhibited at Five Walls Projects until 12 May 2018. Further details here

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Robbie Rowlands is set to undertake a site based residency project in New South Wales. Commissioned by the City of Broken Hill, Rowlands will be exploring potential site and community based outcomes to be exhibited in the later half of the year.