15 MAY 2021

What a journey, what an insight into Australia’s rich cultural heritage!

Helen Robinson was our virtual guide, drawing on her knowledge and passion for Indigenous works of Art in the National Gallery of Victoria.  Helen chose ten works of art to illustrate the history and diversity of Indigenous artists. The artists, men and women, were drawn from diverse parts of Australia, different tribal groups using different techniques and materials – so much more than most of us realise.

What the artists had in common was their connection to the land, weather, their spiritual traditions, song lines and their totems. The art may appear purely abstract to many non-Indigenous eyes, but Helen took time to elaborate and interpret and show that in fact Indigenous art is one of telling the stories of land, spirts, and identity.  Indigenous art is now hung in major international galleries in Paris, notably the Musée du quai Branly, in New York and in private collections.

A member of the audience wrote “Great seminar.  Such an informed and passionate presenter, so well-constructed and very appropriately and competently hosted by Linda Condon”

With thanks to Pam Caven for this report

To watch the recording of the seminar, click HERE.

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