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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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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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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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Landmark women: Elizabeth Truswell

Dr Elizabeth Truswell, visiting fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

Landmark Women, 15 August 2014

Geologist Dr Truswell has combined her love of botany and geology with the study of palynology (the study of fossil and living pollen grains and plant spores). Her interest in deep-sea drilling has helped to create art works which have been exhibited in Canberra.

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art, science

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Landmark women: Susie Beaver

Susie Beaver, owner, Beaver Galleries

Landmark Women, 18 July 2014

Susie Beaver has worked in the arts with various community organisations across the country. Susie and her husband Martin run Beaver Galleries, Canberra’s largest commercial gallery, tirelessly promoting contemporary Australian artists.

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