Aboriginal Art Centres – The good, the bad and the ugly

Acrylic painting workshop in spinifex near where the Warlayirti Art Centre now stands, 1981. Photo: Warwick Nieass.
Acrylic painting workshop in spinifex near where the Warlayirti Art Centre now stands, 1981. Photo: Warwick Nieass.

The Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture 2014: 16 September 2014
Aboriginal Art Centres -The good, the bad and the ugly

Presented by RMIT Gallery to launch the major exhibitionWarlayirti: The Art of Balgo (16 September – 8 November), this public lecture will explore Aboriginal Art Centres -The good, the bad and the ugly. It considers the role of curators and business in Aboriginal art.

The late Dr Ursula Hoff AO OBE was the Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1968–1973, a pioneering senior management role for a woman at that time. In her distinguished career, Dr Hoff made major contributions to academic scholarship, art curation and art education.

About the lecture
Art Centres are a key foundation stone of the Aboriginal Art market, particularly in remote area Australia. However, such art centres evoke mixed responses. Some suggest their multiple functions, social and cultural within their communities, interfere with the business of producing and selling art. Or is that the key to their success?

Title:           Aboriginal Art Centres -The good, the bad and the ugly
Speakers: Exhibition curator Dr Jacqueline Healy; Professor Ian McLean, academic and author; and Sister Alice                                   Dempsey, a key player in the establishment of Warlayirti Art Centre, who spent 30 years working with the community.
Date:          16 September, 2014
Time:          6.00 – 7.00 pm
Location:   RMIT Storey Hall
Building 16, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Bookings: Free event but bookings required.
Ph (03) 9925 1717

2 thoughts on “Aboriginal Art Centres – The good, the bad and the ugly

    1. The Bishop of Broome as advised his speech will be available in due course. A news story on the opening and speech highlights will be published online in the main RMIT University website next week and will be promoted on the Gallery blog.

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