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Special programs presented in conjunction with the Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future exhibition in Canberra. Download audio and transcripts from events linked to Warlpiri

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Warlpiri Drawings public lecture: Dr Melinda Hinkson

15 October 2014

Drawing Life: Warlpiri lines on a changing world

This public lecture was presented as a curatorial backstory to the Warlpiri Drawings exhibition.

Anthropologist and curator Melinda Hinkson reflected on the process of introducing an important collection of crayon drawings, six decades after they were made, to the descendants of their makers; and asked in what ways might the activity of drawing be understood as a vital space for cross-cultural interaction?

View a film of this lecture on the Australian National University website

Download the audio and read the transcript of the Drawing Life lecture

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration

30 September 2014

A symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century by Andrew Sayers AM.

Many good books are published about Australian art, but few change the way we see and understand it. When Andrew Sayers’ Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century appeared in September 1994, it did just that. This symposium explored the impact of Andrew’s book, and deepened and extended our understanding of its field. It included a presentation by Warlpiri Drawings curator Melinda Hinkson.

Introduction and Welcome to Country
Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia and Aunty Susan Barry, Ngunnawal elder

Download  Introduction and Welcome to Country audio/transcript 

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

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Word pictures: cultural stories by William Barak
Carol Cooper, Senior Curatorial Fellow, National Museum of Australia

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Panga: a Paakantye draughtsman on the Paroo in the 1870s
Dr David Hansen, Senior Researcher, Sotheby's Australia
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Spearing fish, turtle and swan
Andrew Sayers, AM
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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
Download Dawn of Art audio/transcript
Between the lines
Dr Melinda Hinkson, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University
Download Between the lines audio/transcript
Following the line: establishing south-east artists practice
Jonathan Jones, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and independent curator
Download Following the line audio/transcript

Warlpiri Drawings curator talk

21 August 2014
Museum Friends program

Friends were invited to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Walpiri Drawings exhibition by curator Melinda Hinkson, followed by refreshments in the Friends Lounge.

Warlpiri Art Market Day at AIATSIS

14 August and 15 August
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
(next to the National Museum on Acton Peninsula)

This was a rare opportunity to buy original Aboriginal artworks and support remote communities from the Northern Territory.

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