Literary and Performing Arts

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What the critics are saying about groundbreaking drama ‘True Colours’

06/07/22 NITV: A brand new series that’s being described as “authentic and powerful” and “Australian noir at its best”, True Colours is an Australian-made murder mystery like no other.

Aurukun portrait wins national photo prize

02/07/22 SBS: Aurukun man Eric Yunkaporta was about to step onto the ceremonial dance grounds at a festival in remote far north Queensland, when photographer Wayne Quilliam asked if he could take a quick photo. The picture of Mr Yunkaporta in his ceremonial headgear and body paint, titled Silent Strength 2021, has now won the $50,000 national photographic portrait prize.

Mutton bird on the menu? Palawa Kipli serves up traditional feast at Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival

30/06/22 National Indigenous Times: Tasmanian Aboriginal food was on the menu at the recent Dark Mofo Festival in Nipaluna (Hobart), with Palawa Kipli offering a variety of traditional Lutruwita (Tasmanian) cuisine.

Indigenous sisters’ dreams come true with Myrrdah label launch, Vogue feature, and Fashion Week plans

10/05/22 ABC: Being on the cover of Vogue magazine has always been the dream for Kalkadoon sisters Dale Bruce, Cheryl Perez, Glenda McCulloch and Jaunita Doyle.

The Borroloola artist behind the bold 2022 NAIDOC poster

05/05/22 SBS NITV: Capturing the essence of ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’ the Gudanji/Wakaja woman’s artwork pulls powerful messages into focus.

Filmmaker Nathan Colquhoun captures sailor James Morrill’s fight for Indigenous rights

03/05/22 ABC: A true story from the 1800s fascinated filmmaker Nathan Colquhoun so much he instantly knew it had to become a movie. British sailor James Morrill and some of his colleagues were saved by Birri Gubba people after they were shipwrecked off the north coast of Queensland.

Noongar elders and artists in Northam keep local language alive through song

03/05/22: ABC: The initiative was launched by the Community Arts Network in 2017, working with Noongar artists, elders, and their families to help revive the ancient language. Students begin by learning vowels and pronunciation, before reciting chants and performing singalongs in Noongar.

Jessica Mauboy returns home to Darwin to support remote community artists

29/04/22 ABC: Mauboy is supporting remote artists sharing work in the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Jessica Mauboy grew up in the outer Darwin suburb of Wulagi and she’s proud to tell that to anyone who will listen.

First Nations poet Evelyn Araluen wins the 2022 Stella Prize with a ‘wild ride’ skewering colonial mythologies

28/04/22 The Conversation: A breathtaking collection of poetry and short prose which arrests key icons of mainstream Australian culture and turns them inside out, with malice aforethought. Araluen’s brilliance sizzles when she goes on the attack against the kitsch and the cuddly: against Australia’s fantasy of its own racial and environmental innocence.

Wayne Quilliam: Photographing the diversity of Aboriginal Australia

21/04/22 BBC: Aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam has been travelling across Australia for 30 years, documenting its hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.

Darwin author Leonie Norrington’s book series The Barrumbi Kids to become TV show

03/04/22 ABC: Northern Territory author Leonie Norrington has some simple advice for budding writers: look to your own life and share it. “Use your own experience, your own landscape, your own people to feed your work,” she said. “That’s the essential part of you and the essential part of where you come from.”

National Indigenous Art Triennial at National Gallery of Australia centres the ongoing process of ceremony in Aboriginal art

26/03/22 ABC: When curator Hetti Perkins talks about ‘ceremony’ she invokes the image of an iceberg: the public part we experience is the tip, floating above the water — but below that surface there are stories with immense depth and breadth known only to our ancestors and senior people.

A First Nations and African Australian cultural scene is building in Shepparton

24/03/22 ABC: At one of the festival’s panels, a group of young artists gathered to discuss experiences and ideas around how to build diverse music communities. It is testament to the sort of emerging conversations that are happening in Shepparton right now.

The new Indigenous emojis coming to your smartphone screen

26/02/22 National Indigenous Times: Australia’s first set of Indigenous emojis is teaching language and culture while also bringing greater representation into texts and social media.

Snapchat adds four Indigenous languages to users’ lens platform

22/02/22 National Indigenous Times: The social media company partnered with First Languages Australia to bring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dialects to users screens through the app’s language learning lenses.

VIDEO: Bangarra and Sydney Theatre Company join forces for Stephen Page’s swan song

19/02/22 ABC: For more than thirty years the Bangarra Dance Theatre has told ancient stories through a contemporary lens, and its latest work is its largest offering yet.

Parents and carers are writing lullabies to help Indigenous children connect to Country

08/01/22 SBS: Daeya Stier is on stage singing a very special lullaby to the two-and-a-half-year-old boy she says “fell into my lap” when he was three weeks old.

Stolen Generations survivor and daughter find healing through art business

06/01/22 ABC: Gumbaynggirr woman Melissa Greenwood and her mum, Lauren Jarrett, know what it is like to go through hard times. They hail from the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti and Bundjalung tribes of the New South Wales’ east coast, where Ms Jarrett is a survivor of the Stolen Generations.

The Outback Artists hoping to show their creations with the world

28/12/21 SBS: Molly Lennon is one of a new generation of artists dreaming of a day when art rather than opals draws tourists to the South Australian outback town of Coober Pedy, 800 kilometres north of Adelaide.

David Gulpilil could be remembered as a man doomed between two worlds — or as a man who brought us joy, life, and art

05/12/21 ABC: The film director Rolf de Heer, reflecting on his friend and collaborator, David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu, said the actor struggled between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worlds.

First Nations excellence recognised at prestigious 2021 Australian Fashion Laureate

01/12/21 NITV: Indigenous designers have been recognised at the 2021 Australian Fashion Laureate, which honours exceptional talent in the fashion industry. Meriam Mir woman Grace Lillian Lee was celebrated for her work as founder of First Nations Fashion and Design with the inaugural Carla Zampatti Award for Excellence in Leadership.

The stories behind these stunning images by First Nations photographers

19/11/21 SBS: Taking place at Paddington Reservoir Gardens, the 15-piece exhibition is the culmination of a five-month-long eponymous program between six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their three mentors.

Will Black Lives Matter bring lasting change to Australia’s publishing industry?

13/09/21 SBS: While pakana man Adam Thompson only began writing a few years ago, it’s been an extraordinary journey so far. In 2016-17, he was the recipient of writing awards from the Tamar Valley Writers Festival and the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival.

Dr Fiona Foley takes top literary prize for truth-telling about QLD history

12/09/21 NITV: Dr Foley’s book ‘Biting the Clouds’ is a historical account on the sale of opium and the displacement of the Badtjala people.

Why these First Nations men are writing letters to their sons

02/09/21 SBS: Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia Country in Darwin. The author describes himself as “a father of five and a deep thinker”. “I’m always thinking about human behaviour and how humans react to certain circumstances and events,” he says.

The little Northern Territory island producing nationally acclaimed Indigenous artists

24/07/21 SBS: Pedro Wonaeamirri has been an artist for 30 years and says his natural surroundings inspire his art.

Award-winning actress Sandy Greenwood shares her passion for telling First Nations stories

10/07/2021 ABC: A Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung, Dunghutti woman, Greenwood is experiencing a career-high at age 40 and helping young Indigenous actors find their way.

Patty Mills named Australia’s first Indigenous flag bearer for Tokyo Olympics, alongside Cate Campbell

07/07/21 SBS: Mills will become Australia’s first Indigenous athlete to carry the flag at an Olympic opening ceremony.