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Word pictures: cultural stories by William Barak

Carol Cooper, Senior Curatorial Fellow, National Museum of Australia

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

Carol discusses the life and cultural stories of artist William Barak and tries to match the words of Barak to his drawing to recognise his storytelling intent.

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Panga: a Paakantye draughtsman on the Paroo in the 1870s

Dr David Hansen, Senior Researcher, Sotheby's Australia

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

David talks about the collections of pastoralist Frederic Bonney, including the remarkable drawings of Panga, whose work is a valuable record of life on the Paroo River from an Indigenous stationhand with traditional knowledge.

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art, ceremony, culture, indigenous, spirituality

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Spearing fish, turtle and swan

Andrew Sayers, AM, author of Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

Andrew revisits how the book came into being and discusses some new questions in relation to artist Tommy McRae.

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Following the line: establishing south-east artists practice

Jonathan Jones, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and independent curator

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

Jonathan discusses his research to define a wider Koori artistic movement and outlines the striking similarities better the work of artists in the nineteenth century such as Tommy McRae and contemporary artists such as Roy Kennedy.

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‘Without the aid of a master’: the Dawn of Art drawings and their artists

Dr Philip Jones, Senior Curator, Department of Anthropology, South Australian Museum

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

Philip provides some background to the development of Andrew Sayers’ book and outlines new developments since the book’s publication, focusing on the Dawn of Art drawings and their artists.

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Remembering Barak

Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin nation in Victoria

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

As the great-great-niece of William Barak, Aunty Joy is in a unique position to talk about his life and continue his journey through the drawings in Andrew Sayers’ book.

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Between the lines

Dr Melinda Hinkson, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

Warlpiri Drawings curator Melinda Hinkson discusses the portrait sketches in Andrew Sayers’ book and explains how they signify moments of intimacy and cross-cultural relationships.

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Introduction and Welcome to Country

Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia and Aunty Susan Barry, Ngunnawal elder

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration, 30 September 2014

A Welcome to Country by Aunty Susan and introduction by Mat, who invites people to reflect on the Aboriginal artists and their work that inspired Andrew’s book Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century.

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Landmark women: Alex Sloan

Alex Sloan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Landmark Women, 26 September 2014

Popular 666 ABC radio host Alex Sloan reflects on growing up in the country, her work at the national broadcaster and her life in the Canberra region.

media, politics

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Spirited: behind the scenes

Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Spirited lecture series, 18 September 2014

Senior curator Martha Sear shared behind the scenes about the two years’ work in the making of the National Museum exhibition Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story.

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history, horse, leisure, sport

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