6 episodes

Heart of Artness is a journey into the labyrinthine workings of Australia’s Aboriginal art world. We hear from artists and the non-Indigenous folk who interact with them to produce cutting-edge contemporary art. The first episode, The Conquistador, the Warlpiri and the Dog Whisperer, was produced for ABC Radio National's Earshot. You can listen to it here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/the-conquistador,-the-warlpiri-and-the-dog-whisperer/9617950
Heart of Artness is a University of Wollongong research project led by art historian Ian McLean, with oral historian Siobhan McHugh and Margo Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator at the National Museum of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Research Council. More information at www.artness.net.au

Heart of Artness Siobhan McHugh

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 7 Ratings

Heart of Artness is a journey into the labyrinthine workings of Australia’s Aboriginal art world. We hear from artists and the non-Indigenous folk who interact with them to produce cutting-edge contemporary art. The first episode, The Conquistador, the Warlpiri and the Dog Whisperer, was produced for ABC Radio National's Earshot. You can listen to it here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/the-conquistador,-the-warlpiri-and-the-dog-whisperer/9617950
Heart of Artness is a University of Wollongong research project led by art historian Ian McLean, with oral historian Siobhan McHugh and Margo Neale, Senior Indigenous Curator at the National Museum of Australia. It is funded by the Australian Research Council. More information at www.artness.net.au

    Ep6: Aboriginal Art: Is It A White Thing?

    Ep6: Aboriginal Art: Is It A White Thing?

    In 2003, Brisbane artist Richard Bell lambasted the white anthropologists, art historians, dealers and curators who presumed to judge Aboriginal art. Here he discusses Bell’s Theorem (Aboriginal Art: It’s A White Thing), racism and his rise from fringe-dweller to renowned contemporary artist, collected by London’s Tate Modern. His gallerist, Josh Milani, salutes Bell’s provocations: ‘The more he offends people, the more I put his prices up’.

    • 31 min
    Ep5: More of the Matrix

    Ep5: More of the Matrix

    When Judi Muller retired with a good pension, she decided to sell low budget Indigenous art as a personal act of reconciliation. Mark Chapman tailored his art supplies business to suit the desert conditions in which Indigenous artists work. Sydney contemporary artist Ruark Lewis is involved in a creative ‘conversation’ with Yolngu artist Barayuwa Munungurr.

    • 40 min
    Ep 4: Meet the Matrix

    Ep 4: Meet the Matrix

    The world of Aboriginal art is like a giant hive that attracts all kinds of people, who interact in diverse ways with the artists. In ‘Meet the Matrix’, we meet three committed collaborators: Dallas Gold, who runs RAFT gallery; Joseph Brady, multimedia digital artist and Jeremy Cloake, yidaki (didgeridoo) expert.

    • 36 min
    Ep 3: Art As Title Deeds

    Ep 3: Art As Title Deeds

    Since the 1960s, the Yolngu artists of Australia’s tropical north have wielded art and culture to win legal and political rights. They’ve been abetted in this quest by white people embedded in the community. Anthropologist Howard Morphy and art centre manager Will Stubbs reflect on these remarkable milestones.

    • 47 min
    Ep 2: Art With Heart, A Two Ways World

    Ep 2: Art With Heart, A Two Ways World

    Three Yolngu artists take us to the site of a massacre of their people in North East Arnhem Land in 1911 and beyond, to the powerful art and heart of Yolngu culture today. The thriving Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre is run by a former criminal lawyer who has learned to live in a 'two-ways world', where Western and Aboriginal views sit side by side.

    • 41 min
    Trailer

    Trailer

    Contemporary Aboriginal art is a powerful part of Aboriginal life and culture. But behind the artists lies a network of Western managers, dealers, critics, curators and collaborators. Heart of Artness features the voices of Aboriginal artists from remote and urbanAustralia and investigates their significant relationships with white folk.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

hamish sewell ,

Important listening and produced with a light touch

When it comes to venturing into the world of Aboriginal art, culture and commerce, experience, courage and humility will go a long way- to pull something like this off half well.

There’s simply so much for those of us with European forebears to learn, albeit experience. And this can be uncomfortable at times because we’re always, to varying degrees, outsiders. Where are our points of reference in a dialogue so often underpinned by ignorance, generational mistrust and division.

What was it I never fully learned? better to be silent and have people think you’re stupid than open our mouths and remove any doubt. Siobhan seems to recognise what’s at stake here. I’ve listened to two quite different episodes in this series and soon I will soon listen to the rest.
This is slow paced journey and while I’d be surprised if it breaks any podcast box office, there’s a beautiful tonal and temporal quality in this work- more akin to feature length RN works of the 90s. This work is outside the more pacier social history oeurve of radio producer McHugh and she’s done a great job. A lesser hand could have made quite a mess of this. A broader discussion around the role, let alone position, of Aboriginal art, is such an important one to have. In choosing to step off the well worn treadmill of sensational stories, podcast like this throws into relief the many unknowns and fosters deeper understanding and sensibility. And from this we all learn.

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