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Get the Back Story at these Two Free Floor Talks
The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, Swanston Street, Parkville, is currently showing a new Indigenous art exhibition. Running until Sunday 25th September, In the Saddle – On the Wall is an innovative art and storytelling project with artwork by leading artists from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, alongside digital presentations of their stories about life in the Kimberley cattle industry.
Cattle Muster by Alan Griffiths, whose son Chris will be giving a floor talk on 15th September
In partnership with ABC Open, In the Saddle – On the Wall was developed over a four-year period and showcases works by 13 Kimberley based artists: Manmara Daisy Andrews, Gordon Barunga, Mr Brumby, Alan Griffiths, Peggy Griffiths, Mabel Juli, Minnie Lumai, Mervyn Street, Patrick Mung Mung, Peter Newry, Shirley Purdie, Rammey Ramsey and Freddy Timms.
The exhibition's digital content presents deeply personal stories of the Aboriginal artists' lives that are complex, funny, and at times tragic and surprising. The artist interviews can be watched in tablet form alongside original paintings or as a larger projection. In artist Rammey Ramsey's interview, he sits near the horse yard on remote Bow River station country and recalls how he used to 'pull bullocks down single handed, just like an American cowboy'.
One of the works in the exhibition: Minnie Lumai's Yab Yab Gerni Ngim
The remote Kimberley region of northern Western Australia has been shaped by a thriving cattle industry built on the contribution, knowledge and commitment of generations of Aboriginal people. The digital stories chronicle a period in Australian history when Aboriginal people, who had contributed to the growth of an industry for almost 100 years were forced from their land and could only maintain their culture through memory, story-telling and art. Aboriginal populations were hunted down, forced to work, imprisoned, enslaved and massacred. Aboriginal people refer to this as the 'killing times', and following that period, an era of uneasy collaboration with colonisers began.
Two floor talks associated with the exhibition have been scheduled.
The first, scheduled for 12.30 - 1.00pm on Thursday 15th September, is a talk with Chris Griffiths, son of exhibiting artists Alan and Peggy Griffiths. He will explain how the In the Saddle – On the Wall project developed with the collaborative involvement of Kimberly art centres. Chris played a key role in developing the digital content for In the Saddle – On the Wall and was involved with making sure the true stories of the senior artists are told. For more information about this floor talk, click here.
The Grimwade Centre and the Warmun Art Centre in the East Kimberley have been working together since 2011 on what is now a formally recognised two-way educational partnership - Bangariny-warriny jarrag booroonboo-yoo ('two good ideas talking together').
In this talk, Professor Sloggett will explain the rich knowledge that students in the Grimwade Centre can now access as a result of this partnership, and why incorporating Indigenous-led teaching is critical to a University that aspires to be one of the best in the world.
The floor talks and entry to the In the Saddle - On the Wall exhibition are all free.
The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne is open Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5.00pm (closed Monday).