The Body Electric

The National Gallery of Australia’s Know My Name project is a campaign to redress gender imbalance by celebrating the significant contributions of Australian women-identifying artists through a series of programs and exhibitions; ‘The Body Electric’ included.

The show features works by artists Lynda Benglis, Polly Borland, Pat Brassington, Sophie Calle, Jo Ann Callis, Charis (and George Schwarz), Cheryl Donegan, Christine Godden, Nan Goldin, Petrina Hicks, Mayumi Hosokura, Claire Lambe, Pixy Liao, Anne McDonald, Annette Messager, Tracey Moffatt, Momo Okabe, Lillian O’Neil, Fiona Pardington, Carolee Schneemann, Collier Schorr, Cindy Sherman, Annie Sprinkle, Lyndal Walker and Franchesca Woodman. Collectively, they touch on themes of sex, pleasure and desire, and love and loss as an animating part of the human experience.

Petrina Hicks, Venus from the series ‘The Shadows’, 2013, backlit transparent archival film (lightbox). Courtesy the artist, Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin and National Gallery of Australia, Australian Capital Territory

National Gallery of Australia
Late June 2020 to 26 January 2021 
Australian Capital Territory

ARTISTS HONOURED – Aboriginal Art Directory News

Muuki Taylor OAM, from Mimili Maku in WA

Jeremy Eccles | 09.06.20

Author: Jeremy Eccles
News source: Research

The Queens Birthday Honours may have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons – too many politicians going “over and beyond” in backstabbing and power-grabbing, for instance – but it’s been a bonza year for remote First Nations artists – especially those from South Australia. That suggests to me that the SA government which greeted last year’s Tarnanthi Festival so enthusiastically may well have played a part in nominating some of its greatest classical artists – along with the curator at the Art Gallery of SA – Nici Cumpston – who’s done her bit to bring them to national prominence.

Here’s the list of Medallists
Peter Mungkuri (SA) – For service to Indigenous visual art, and to the community. From the Indulkana Community on APY Lands he is a respected elder and a stockman in his younger years. He played a key role in the development of APY Land Rights Act. He is a director at Iwantja Arts and a winner of the inaugural Hadley’s Prize for landscape painting in 2017, also the Telstra NATSIAA General Painting Award in 2018.

Vincent Namatjira (SA) – For service to Indigenous visual art, and to the community. From the remote Indulkana APY Lands, Namatjira was the winner of the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize. He was also an organiser of the important ‘Weapons for the Soldier’ exhibition at Hazelhurst Gallery in 2018, encouraging fellow young Anangu to fight for their culture. Namatjira’s great grandfather, Albert Namatjira met the Queen and received the Coronation Medal.

Tjunkaya Tapaya (SA) – For service to Indigenous visual art, and to the community. Tjunkaya grew up at the Ernabella Mission, which became the earliest Aboriginal art centre in 1948, where she made significant batik works and later tjanpi sculptural work and ceramics. Recently she has concentrated on walka painting. She is also a prolific writer in Pitjantjatjara.

The late Mr Mumu Mike Williams (SA) – For service to Indigenous visual art, and to the community. Mr Williams was a founding member of Mimili Maku Arts Centre and the APY Arts Centre Collective. His politically-toned artwork is featured in the 2020 Biennale of Sydney. After his passing last year, his passionately penned book, ‘Kulinmaya! Listen Up Everybody’ was published.

Nyurpaya Kaika Burton (SA) – For service to Indigenous visual art, and to the community. Mrs Burton is an Anangu artist, especially with Tjanpi Desert Weavers. She has been a Director for NPY Women’s Council, and has also a long standing Director of Tjala Arts in remote Amata. Nyurpaya is currently writing her memoirs in her first language Pitjantjatjara.

Muuki Taylor (WA) for services to the Indigenous communities of the Western Desert. Muuki is a very senior and knowledgeable Martu man and is often called upon as an authority by other artists. He works as a senior cultural advisor for local Martu ranger group, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, providing invaluable cultural advice and guidance. Muuki paints Kulyakartu country and the country all around Wirnpa, a major ceremonial meeting place in the north.

And then there are the facilitators:
Nicole Jane Cumpston (SA) – For service to the museums and galleries sector, and to Indigenous art. Cumpston is the Art Gallery of SA’s Indigenous Curator and Tarnanthi Artistic Director – the biennial festival that she founded. Nici, a Barkindji woman, is also a fine photographer of her Country and its much-threatened river, with a work in this year’s NATSIAAs final.

Sarah Louise Brown (Alice Springs NT) An AM for significant service to community health, to remote area nursing, and to the Indigenous community. Sarah runs the Purple House organisation – aka the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, which maintains dialysis operations in remote communities as far away as Groote Eyelandt, and operates the Purple Truck for those communities without a permanent clinic. She also paints herself – currently on show at the Paul Johnstone Gallery in Darwin.

And, last but definitely not least, Professor Marcia Lynne Langton AM (VIC) is promoted to AO for her distinguished service to tertiary education and her activism in the Indigenous cause, especially promoting the Uluru Statement. In the arts, her significance lies with her role in developing the governance of the Jirrawun art collective in the East Kimberley, bringing her connections at Rio Tinto to that brief but brilliant party.

This surprisingly positive result for the Aboriginal art world surely shows the effectiveness of State governments in promoting their artists – what, no NT or Queensland honours? – and also the absence of bias in the Governor-General’s Honours Office. For a recent ANU study has found that a shocking seventy-five per cent of Australians hold an implicit bias against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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Vincent Namatjira OAM in his self-portrait as a soldier at Hazelhurst Gallery

Sarah Brown AM of the heroic Purple House organisation with a grateful client


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Heartily glad to be back for art – The West Australian

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Camera IconHarvey Art Society members Tania Jackson and Beryl Flemming paint birds for the Myalup Birdwatching fundraiser. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

The Harvey Art Gallery will open its doors tomorrow, after closing for several months due to COVID-19.

Harvey Art Society members Tania Jackson and Beryl Flemming said they were delighted to be able to open after the long wait.

The gallery features the work of local artists and also has paintings from around the State. There is a gallery with art for sale and a souvenir shop with handmade gifts.

Cr Jackson said the group was also in the process of organising its 2021 art prize.

“We are looking at putting a committee together to run the next art exhibition,” Cr Jackson said.

“We are always welcoming new members to join our group.

“It is great for anyone looking to network or socialise and we run a lot of exhibitions.”

Cr Jackson said the members of the art society had been busy painting birds for the Myalup Bird Watching fundraiser.

“We often make art for charities and fundraisers and try and help local groups.”

However, she said some of the artists had struggled to find the motivation to complete artworks during the isolation period.

“It is nice to be back together and to have the creativity flowing again.”

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CQU Creates Art Awards go online – Bundaberg Now – Bundaberg Now

CQUniversity Art Collection Manager Sue Smith at the 2019 CQUCreates Art Awards Exhibition.

COVID-19 restrictions may have forced CQUniversity’s premier annual art prize, CQU Creates to go online, but the virtual nature of the 2020 competition has the potential to attract even more artists than previous years.

The competition is open to 2D and 3D artists who are current or past students and staff of CQUniversity and its antecedents, including the former CQ TAFE.

CQUni Art Collection Manager Sue Smith said although the 7th annual CQU Creates 2020 Online Art Awards would be virtual there were many incentives for artists to enter the competition.

“There won’t be a physical exhibition and it won’t be able to tour, but my feeling is that it will be very enticing for artists,” she said.

“It will be easier for them to enter and it won’t cost them anything. All they will have to do is complete the entry form online and upload a high-quality image of their art.

“This opens the competition up to artists all over Australia and the entries are already coming in – we’ve received 10 so far, which is a good sign.”

She said an online flip-book of the submitted artworks would be produced and hosted on the CQUni website.

 “There will also be an online opening event instead of an exhibition – a live event where the Vice-Chancellor Prof Nick Klomp will speak, as well as other guests. Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Director, Cameron Curd will be the judge for the 2020 competition,” she said.

“Of course, it would be more ideal to have a physical exhibition where the works can be seen, but with the situation we’re in, it’s the next best option and it really will open it up to more artists.”

Entries for the CQU Creates 2020 Online Art Awards are now open and will close 17 July. The online exhibition and announcement of winners will be held on 4 September.

For more information on how to enter visit the website.

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Australian fashion doyen Peter Weiss dies – Inside Retail

Philanthropist Peter Weiss in a recent video about his support of the Sydney Opera House. (Screenshot from video on

Clothing entrepreneur, arts philanthropist and Order of Australia recipient Peter Weiss has died.

It’s believed he died on Sunday, aged 84.

Born in Austria’s capital Vienna, Weiss came to Australia at the age of three. He took a keen interest in music from an early age, learning the cello and regularly attending performances of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

However, he gave up his musical studies at the age of 22 when he started work in the clothing business, later forming his own company.

Weiss also gained a reputation for sponsoring music and the arts, served on several boards and committees including the Australian Chamber Orchestra board, and was well-known for his support of charity events including Fashion for AIDS.

The National Portrait Gallery notes he made very significant donations to the Sydney Opera House, was among the first members of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation, and was made a life governor of the gallery in 2009.

In 1996 he was awarded an Australia Medal for service to the arts and in 2013 was awarded an Order of Australia for distinguished services to the arts, particularly orchestral music.

AWPR director Adam Worling, who worked for  Weiss’s company for about seven years and knew him for more than 30 years, said being in his orbit was a “remarkable experience”.

“I always walked away from meetings with Peter and I just felt like I could do just about anything,” Worling told AAP on Monday.

“It’s going to take a while to sink in.”

Weiss was “one of those amazing giants of the early days of the Australian fashion industry,” Worling said.

“But it was the Australian fashion industry that gave him the positioning and the wealth that allowed him in the second stage of his life to be so actively involved in the arts.”

In February, the University of Sydney announced Weiss had committed $4 million to support research into preventing and treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he was diagnosed with in 2012, followed by a lung cancer diagnosis in 2018.

“Peter Weiss’s life has been characterised by his generous philanthropic support for the arts and music, bringing delight to countless people,” the university’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said at the time.

“While this donation to the university has a medical focus, at its heart it also promises to improve and enhance the quality of life of thousands of people.”

Worling said Weiss would be remembered for his generosity.

“His legacy will be … his generosity of time, his generosity of spirit and his generosity of philanthropic donations,” Worling said.

“There’s so many people that have been touched by Peter.”