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December 1972: Billy Miargu, with his daughter Linda on his arm, and his wife Daphnie Baljur. In the background, the newly painted kangaroo. Photograph by George Chaloupka, now in Parks Australia's Archive at Bowali.

‘Our dad’s painting is hiding, in secret place’: how Aboriginal rock art can live on even when gone

How does rock art matter? New research finds it can act as a kind of intergenerational media –even when no longer visible to the eye.
Nardi Simpson plays the square piano, similar to one that arrived on the First Fleet. Jamie Kidston

Four Indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest music together

Four Indigenous composers were asked to create works for a square piano from a painful period in our nation's history. They did so in creative, honest and powerful ways.
Gordon Bennett Australia 1955-2014 Home Decor (Algebra) Ocean 1998 Synthetic polymer paint on linen / Two parts: 182 x 182cm (each); 182.5 x 365cm (overall) © The Estate of Gordon Bennett. Gift of The Hon. Paul Guest OAM QC under the Cultural Gifts Program 2018. Collection: Bendigo Art Gallery

‘One of the most important Australian artists of the late 20th century’: Gordon Bennett’s Unfinished Business

A major survey of Gordon Bennett's work showcases a dizzying blend of styles and themes.
Vincent Namatjira, Western Arrernte people, Northern Territory, born 1983, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Close Contact, 2018, Indulkana, South Australia, synthetic polymer paint on plywood; Gift of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation for the Ramsay Art Prize 2019. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, photo: Grant Hancock

Terra nullius interruptus: Captain James Cook and absent presence in First Nations art

For too long, Cook was a promise recollected in pigment, bronze and stone. Contemporary First Nations artists are challenging this imagery.
The Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute offers a new way of considering the shape of First Nations museums in Australia. Cox Architecture/QYAC

Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

As musuems are forced to face their colonial past, could a radically re-imagined museum become a place for genuine exchange, reconciliation and restitution?
From Country to Culture: Artist: Lisa Waup. Designer: Verner. Collection: Journeys. Dylan Buckee

How Indigenous fashion designers are taking control and challenging the notion of the heroic, lone genius

Indigenous fashion design today is being shaped by First Nations people at every level.
Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions of Australia. CameliaTWU/Flickr

Indigenous art centres that sustain remote communities are at risk. The VET sector can help

Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions. But there are staff and management issues, which can be solved by better VET programs.

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