Artist Daniel Boyd.
Artist Daniel Boyd.

Boyd wins $80,000 Bulgari Art Award for Untitled 2014

APRIL 15: Kudjla/Gangalu man Daniel Boyd has won the $80,000 Bulgari Art Award for his work Untitled 2014. In Untitled 2014, Boyd, 31, presents an idyllic scene drawn from a found photograph of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, home to Boyd’s great, great paternal grandfather before he was brought to the sugarcane fields in Queensland as a slave. “My recent work is about the trajectory of information and how it passes back and forth over time and between cultures,” Boyd said. “Through the movement of information, details and facts associated with historical events and objects are lost. The paintings acknowledge this process and are a remembrance of that loss.” The Bulgari Art Award consists of a $50,000 painting acquisition for the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a residency in Italy valued at $30,000. The total award of $80,000 is one of the most valuable art awards in Australia. The award winner is selected by the Gallery’s Trustees, the director and the head curator of Australian art.

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Cybersafety program wins international award

Apr 14, deadly online
Monday, 14 April 2014 3:01 pm

AN online education program that encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers to be cybersafe has won an international award. Cybersmart’s Be Deadly Online  won a gold medal at the World Media Festival, the premier media festival in Europe, in Hamburg, Germany. Be Deadly Online tackles cyberbullying, sexting and digital footprint management, responding to Indigenous community leaders’ concerns. To access Be Deadly Online, visit www.cybersmart.gov.au/BeDeadlyOnline

Mundine knocked down five times by Clottey

Anthony Mundine.
Anthony Mundine.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014 5:47 pm

ANTHONY Mundine was knocked to the canvas five times as he was outclassed by Ghanaian Joshua Clottey in their fight at Newcastle. The African won in a unanimous points decision 116-108, 115-109, 117-108. It was Mundine’s sixth loss in 52 fights. Mundine was floored in the third round, twice in the sixth, and again in the eighth and 10th. Reports say the Mundine camp considered throwing in the towel at the end of the 10th, but he fought on bravely to finish the 12-round contest.

Homeground draws huge crowd to Opera House

Homeground
Sunday, 6 April 2014 2:12 pm

A HUGE and enthusiastic crowd headed to the Sydney Opera House last weekend for Homeground, a free festival celebrating First Nations music, dance and culture. The festival featured a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, from traditional to contemporary and included Pirra, featuring Jess Beck (pictured), NAISDA dancers, Eric Avery playing violin and chanting, the Stiff Gins, Move it Mob Style, Shellie Morris and Casey Donovan.

Three NT Aboriginal MPs resign from CLP

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.
Friday, 4 April 2014 3:53 pm

THE Northern Territory Government is in a state of disarray, following the resignation of three Aboriginal MPs from the Country Liberal Party (CLP). Namatjira MP Alison Anderson, Arnhem MP Larisa Lee and Arafura MP Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu ended weeks of speculation after slipping their resignation letters under the door of the CLP headquarters in Darwin on Friday.

Deadly Funny show at comedy festival

Ready to laugh: Sean Choolburra and Kevin Kropinyeri are doing a double act at the Melbourne Comedy Festival this weekend.
Ready to laugh: Sean Choolburra and Kevin Kropinyeri are doing a double act at the Melbourne Comedy Festival this weekend.
Thursday, 3 April 2014 4:16 pm

THE search for Australia’s funniest Blackfella comes to Melbourne Town Hall this weekend with the Deadly Funny national final and Showcase, as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The night will be hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri, with performances from special feature acts Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood and Andrew Saunders. Deadly Funny begins at 3pm, Saturday, April 5, at Melbourne Town Hall. For tickets go to www.comedyfestival.com.au

Sanderson-Milera in running at nationals

Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera after the South Australian surf life saving titles. Picture by Peter Argent
Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera after the South Australian surf life saving titles. Picture by Peter Argent
Wednesday, 2 April 2014 2:31 pm

TJIMARRI Sanderson-Milera’s big summer will continue this week when he competes in the Australian surf life saving titles at Scarborough, Western Australia. The young South Australian came away from the recent SA titles with three gold medals in the beach sprint, flags and beach relay. After the Australian titles in Perth, Sanderson-Milera then will focus on Australia’s richest sprint race, the Stawell Gift, to be run during Easter.

Homeground festival at Sydney Opera House

Homeground’s Boomerang concert will present music and dance from Scotland, New Zealand and Australia at the Sydney Opera House this weekend, April 5-6.
Homeground’s Boomerang concert will present music and dance from Scotland, New Zealand and Australia at the Sydney Opera House this weekend, April 5-6.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014 12:06 pm

BUILDING on 13 years of the Message Sticks Festival, the Sydney Opera House will host Homeground, a celebration of First Peoples’ music, dance and culture, as a free outdoor event over the weekend of April 5-6. Indigenous acts including Archie Roach, Steve Pigram, Stiff Gins, Shellie Morris, Casey Donovan, Street Warriors, Dubmarine and Marcus Corowa will join a mix of international performers.

Federal Court launches Reconciliation Action Plan

Tom Calma.
Tom Calma.
Monday, 31 March 2014 5:37 pm

RECONCILIATION Australia co-chair Tom Calma spoke about the harm racism causes at the launch of the Reconciliation Action Plan at the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney to an audience that included Federal Attorney General George Brandis. Last week Senator Brandis released draft changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, that have been criticised by Indigenous, legal, health and human rights organisations. Dr Calma asked the government to provide the community with “some protection” from the deliberate and vicious defaming of his people.

AIATSIS celebrates 50 years of Indigenous studies

Senator Nova Peris addresses the AIATSIS 50th anniversary celebration.
Senator Nova Peris addresses the AIATSIS 50th anniversary celebration.
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:15 pm

THE 2014 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) national Indigenous studies conference in Canberra wound up last Friday, March 28. The conference explored how far Indigenous studies has come in Australia in the past 50 years. It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legislated establishment of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now AIATSIS). The official launch of the 50th anniversary featured an ancient and sacred Lorrkkon ceremony from the Northern Territory.

ILC calls for changes to Land Account

Back, Ian Trust, Graham Atkinson, Pat Dodson, Kirstie Parker, Neil Westbury, Aiden Ridgeway, David Ross, Tom Calma, front, Dawn Casey, Lowitja O'Donoghue and Olga Havnen.
Back, Ian Trust, Graham Atkinson, Pat Dodson, Kirstie Parker, Neil Westbury, Aiden Ridgeway, David Ross, Tom Calma, front, Dawn Casey, Lowitja O'Donoghue and Olga Havnen.
Thursday, 27 March 2014 4:06 pm

THE Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) has recommended that the Federal Government implement changes to strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account. Revenue from the Land Account, which currently has a fixed capital base, provides guaranteed funding to the ILC to acquire and manage land for Indigenous Australians for a range of social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits.