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Black Art Projects

May 2022

We are pleased to announce that Mayatjara, Robert Fielding’s series of 24 photographs of Elders of the APY community has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. This is a significant moment for the artist, for the gallery, and for future generations. For their annual appeal, Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the NPG noted, “This year, the National Portrait Gallery invites you to contribute to the best of contemporary photographic portraiture. We are committed to the acquisition of works such as this compelling group of significant portraits by photographer Robert Fielding. The series captures Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Traditional Owners and custodians, respected and significant leaders, advocates and artists within the communities of the APY Lands. Their representation in the national portrait collection contributes to the Gallery’s aim of establishing itself as a space for promoting understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and ongoing cultures and their centrality to our shared national culture and identity. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring these works into the collection, and we look forward to presenting the entire series of 24 beautifully realised photographic portraits.” Further details here.

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Robert Fielding’s Miil-miilpa series is currently on display in the 2022 National Photography Prize at Murray Art Museum Albury. “This series of photographs has been created as a collaboration with manta, at one with country, in the landscape and informed by natural influence. Using a UV-sensitive chemical process I have exposed snapshots of the sacred land within its very sands. We all need to recognise: this land is sacred. Manta (earth) is sacred. It holds our ancestors, and will hold us one day. Manta miil-miilpa. These images mirror the living essence that is inside of us all.” The exhibition runs to 5 June 2022. Further details here.

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Robert Fielding’s Holden On (2021–22) is presented on a pontoon on Lake Burley Griffin for the duration of the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony at the National Gallery of Australia. The artificial lake was created in 1963 through the damming of the Molonglo River, which resulted in the flooding and destruction of an important ceremonial ground near the current National Museum of Australia. The strategic positioning of his artwork comments on the annexing of Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country to create Kamberri/Canberra, the seat of colonial political power in this country. For Fielding, the work speaks to the endurance and evolution of First Nations people. The exhibition runs to 31 July 2022. Further details here.

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Robert Fielding’s In your hands (2016) is now on display as part of Queer: Stories from the NGV Collection, an exhibition of work that spans historical eras and diverse media including painting, drawing, photography, decorative arts, fashion, video, sculpture, and design and explores queerness as an expression of sexuality and gender, a political movement, a sensibility, and as an attitude that defies fixed definition. The exhibition runs to 28 August. Further details here.

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David Booth celebrated the opening of his exhibition Set Adrift on Garden Bliss at St Heliers Gallery at the Abbotsford Convent this past weekend. Thank you to all those who joined us for the afternoon. The exhibition runs through to 19 June and the catalogue can be accessed via our website here.
 
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Mia Boe’s painting Friction with Nature (2022) has been acquired by Artbank. As part of their Salon Sessions in mid May, guests of Artbank Melbourne heard from Boe and Nabilah Nordin in conversation with Amelia Winata.

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Mia Boe is currently exhibiting in Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane, a presentation of more than 100 historical and contemporary depictions of the Brisbane region from Museum of Brisbane Collection. The exhibition runs to 31 July at Museum of Brisbane. Further details here.

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Mia Boe is currently exhibiting in While You Were Sleeping Volume 2, a showcase of contemporary First Nations artists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including street art, fine art, photography, illustration, digital, sculpture, film and more. The exhibition runs to 31 July at Ambush Gallery, Canberra. Further details here.

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Having presented his latest body of work Titans across two gallery spaces through April and May, Tristan Chant presented new tapestry and collage works in the group show WAREHOUSE from 19-21 May. Housed in an old warehouse adjacent to the Authority Creative studios the exhibition brought together four bodies of work by the artists which exemplify their love for materiality, process and experimentation. Documentation of Chant’s work can be found here.


Image: Robert Fielding, Western Arrernte and Yankunytjatjara peoples, Holden On, 2021-22, installation view, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony, image courtesy and © the artist

Black Art Projects

March 2022

David Booth’s Harri High Pants was created as the lead artwork for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The smiling icon reached a global audience across banners, posters, signage, festival guides and all digital platforms for the 2022 program. Susan Provan, Festival Director, said of the artwork, “David’s confident and robustly happy character embodies the spirit of the Festival and shines a spotlight on the community of artists who bring our program to life every year.” Harri High Pants will return for the 2023 program. Further details here.

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Amala Groom undertook her Paramatta Artists’ Studios (PAS) Open digital residency in November 2021 and presented the work she developed during this time, Myths & Legends, at the 2022 Melbourne Art Fair as both performance and exhibition. Groom spent time researching and developing a new body of work that challenges and reframes the misconceptions around First Peoples ontologies, methodologies and epistemologies as being 'fantasy' over 'reality', with Indigenous worldviews commonly deemed in western society as being of 'myth' and of 'legend'. Groom worked with dramaturg Madeline Collie during her residency to make 'the wall text human' through scripting a work that implicates the audience by finding a performance device that removes the hierarchy of 'performance lecturer' and 'knowledge holder' and the audience as people who also have 'knowledge'. Documentation of Amala Groom’s performance Myths & Legends can be found here.

Black Art Projects

December 2021

To all of the artists, collaborators, collectors, curators and institutions who have supported Blackartprojects throughout 2021, we thank you and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

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Mia Boe has been announced a recipient of the 2021 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Boe will undertake a two week residency at Shark Island Institute, New South Wales, in 2022.

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Mia Boe has been announced a recipient of the 2022 Gertrude Studio Program, which supports innovative artists at key moments in the development of their practices by way of a two year studio.

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Robert Fielding was announced the winner of the 59th Fisher’s Ghost Award with his work Tjukurpa. On the painting Fielding notes “Tjukurpa is and always will be the life source for Anangu, for my people, and though it takes different names and forms in different places it is the one thing that unites First Nations people across this country.” Further details here

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Tristan Chant’s Table with Skull and Flowers is currently on display as part of the 2021 Gosford Art Prize. The exhibition runs to 9 January 2022 at Gosford Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Further details here

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Jeremy Blincoe is currently showing as part of Craft’s summer group exhibition Shaped. The exhibition runs to 22 January 2022. Further details here

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Robert Fielding’s Miil-miilpa is currently showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale program. The exhibition presents two bodies of new photographic work, continuing Fielding’s work connected to the significance of Elders in his community, their stories and their understandings. The exhibition runs to January 23 2022 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria. Further details here

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Amala Groom and Mia Boe are currently showing as part of the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Awards. The exhibition runs to 30 January 2022 at the Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Further details here


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Kate Stevens Gaza no.6 is currently on display as part of the 2021 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. The exhibition runs to 13 February 2022 at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. Further details here

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Mia Boe is currently exhibiting in on the bank on the brink, comprising a body of significant drawings from nineteenth-century, Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae and new works by First Nations artists Mia Boe and Phil Murray. The exhibition runs to 22 February 2022 at MAMA, Albury, NSW. Further details here


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Blackartprojects returns in February 2022 at Melbourne Art Fair, showcasing the work of Mia Boe and Amala Groom.

Black Art Projects

October 2021

Robert Fielding’s Miil-miilpa is currently showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale program. The exhibition presents two bodies of new photographic work, continuing Fielding’s work connected to the significance of Elders in his community, their stories and their understandings. The exhibition runs to January 23 2022 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria. Further details here
 
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Robert Fielding’s screen print Manta miil-miilpa is currently on show as part of the 2021 Geelong Acquisitive Art Award. The exhibition concludes October 17 2021 at Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria. Further details here

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Tristan Chant, Robert Fielding and Kate Stevens have been announced finalists of the 2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award. The exhibition runs 30 October - 10 December 2021 at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Further details here

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Tristan Chant has been announced a finalist of the 2021 Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Award with his work Lobster with fruit bowl (pictured). The exhibition runs 5 November - 10 December 2021 at the Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery, Sydney. Further details here

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Tristan Chant has been announced a finalist of the 2021 Gosford Art Prize with his work Table with Skull and Flowers. The exhibition runs 30 October - 9 January 2022 at Gosford Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Further details here

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Kate Stevens has been announced a finalist of the 2021 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize with her work Gaza no.6. The exhibition runs which 20 November 2021 - 13 February 2022 at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. Further details here

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Mia Boe has been announced a finalist of the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Awards, a new art prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The exhibition runs 4 December 2021 - 30 January 2022 at the Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Further details here

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David Booth has been commissioned by Sydney Contemporary to create this years graphic for Explore Sydney Contemporary. Following the cancellation of the 2021 iteration of Sydney Contemporary due to national Covid restrictions, the fair shifts its focus to an online platform, where we will showcase new works by Ellie Chalmers-Robinson, Tristan Chant, Robert Fielding, Nicholas Ives, Madeleine Preston and Kate Stevens. Visit Explore Sydney Contemporary online from 11-21 November 2021. Further information here

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Presented by Glenfiddich, LIVE is an onsite/offsite performance art and sound program for Melbourne Art Fair 2022. The inaugural program celebrates trailblazers and will feature performances by Amala Groom alongside Scotty So and Angela Goh. Melbourne Art Fair runs 17-20 February 2022. Blackartprojects will present a new body of work by Groom and Mia Boe for the fair. First release tickets are now on sale. Visit Melbourne Art Fair here

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Two works from Robert Fielding’s Holding series, a body of work that looks at the many stories that objects carry - stories of their maker, their origin, their social role, their cultural role - have been acquired by Deakin University.

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Robbie Rowlands’ sculpture Slow Order for the Ballarat Railway Commission has been installed in its permanent location, adjacent to the historic Goods Shed in the newly redeveloped site. The work will be open to the public in the coming months.  

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Littlewhitehead’s Dimensions Meet was recently exhibited as part of Pigeon Park, curated by Joe Dennis, Christopher Steas and Stefano Bardsley at 33 Manor Place, London. Images of the exhibition can be found via Instagram here

Installation view of Dimensions Meet by Littlewhitehead for Pigeon Park, London.

Black Art Projects

June 2021

Mia Boe is included in Elemental, an exhibition that brings together six First Nations artists each working with the base elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth as inspiration, material, process and subject. Curated by Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri artist Jenna Lee, Boe’s mural sits aside the work of Cassie Leatham, Edwina Green, Iluka Sax-Williams, Lisa Waup and Moorina Bonini with a botanical installation by Shahn Stewart of Alchemy Orange. The exhibition runs 19 June - 17 July, 2021 at Craft Victoria, Melbourne. Further details here

Image courtesy of Craft Victoria. Photo: Henry Trumble

Black Art Projects

May 2021

Robert Fielding and Tom O’Hern have been announced finalists of the 2021 Hadley’s Art Prize, an acquisitive Australian landscape prize presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a long history with art starting with art-loving landlords in the late 1800s. The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is about contributing to the art community, promoting cultural tourism in Tasmania, bringing art back to the historic walls of Hadley’s Orient Hotel though a landscape prize like Howard Hadley won in 1895, and celebrating the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Further details here

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Jeremy Blincoe is currently exhibiting as part of Not Fair, an independent art fair showcasing artists who often do not fit the commercial mould and are overlooked and under-recognised. Currently temporarily closed to the public during Melbourne’s lockdown, you can still experience the fair online here.

Portrait of Robert Fielding by Meg Hansen Photography for Mimili Maku Arts

Black Art Projects

April 2021

Tom O’hern has been announced one of twenty-four finalists for the Ramsay Art Prize 2021, a $100,000 acquisitive prize for contemporary Australian artists under the age of forty. Works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 22 May to 22 August 2021. Further details here

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James Geurts is currently showing in the TarraWarra Biennial 2021 from 27 March - 11 July 2021, at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Featuring twenty-five artists from across the country ‘Slow Moving Waters’, curated by Nina Miall, responds to two related cues: the idea of slowness, and the gentle, measured flow of the nearby Birrarung (Yarra River). The exhibition’s title comes from the translation of the local Woiwurrung word ‘tarrawarra’, after which the Museum, and its surrounding area of Wurundjeri Country in the Yarra Valley are named. The exhibition develops from the idea that between the acceleration of our current age and the impossibility of stopping altogether is a temporal space of possibility and resistance: slowing down. Through works which unfold conceptually, spatially, materially and temporally over the course of the exhibition, it seeks to heighten our awareness to the overlooked subtleties of the present. Further details here

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Nadia Hernández has been included in an exhibition at Artbank’s Melbourne gallery space. Curated by Sabrina Baker and Anja Loughhead as part of the Artbank Emerging Curator program, 'The Work of Art' brings together a selection of works from the Artbank collection that interrogate our relationship to art and traditional notions of labour. The exhibition holds a mirror to the perceived value of arts practice in contemporary Australian society and fiercely champions its sustained and celebrated place within it. Artists include Darcey Bella Arnold, Pat Brassington, Oscar Capezio, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Lottie Consalvo, Renee Cosgrave, Julie Gough, Nadia Hernandez, Michael Lindeman, Claudine Marzik, Janine McAullay Bott, James Nguyen, Maria Josette Orsto, Kiron Robinson and Paul Wood. The exhibition runs 15 April - 21 May 2021. Further details here

Black Art Projects

March 2021

Robbie Rowlands has been awarded the Ballarat Railway Station Public Art commission for his work Slow Order which utilises heritage rail track salvaged from the site. The title ‘Slow Order’ is a railway term traditionally used as a requirement to lower the set speed limit of a section of rail due to maintenance. Rowlands’ work considers the significance the rail track held through its time in service and will stand as a signifier to the many industries and the community it has supported.

Working with project manager Pellicano and Lovell Chen, this work will be a significant outcome for the heritage interpretation of the historic Goods Shed site and is part of the broader Ballarat Station Precinct Development. The development represents a significant Victorian Government Investment of $28.3 million thanks to the Regional Infrastructure Fund. Robbie’s work is slated for installation in mid 2021.

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Amala Groom and Saha Jones have been announced finalists in the 2021 Footscray Art Prize with their collaborative work ‘this is a sign’.

THIS: It is irrefutable that climate change is a direct result of the devastating onslaught and ensuing impacts of colonisation. The world IS changing. This is A call for us to change with it. See the SIGN - sea of change.

Black Art Projects

February 2021

Documentation of Robbie Rowlands’ 90x45 exhibition at the old Bernie Cook Timber site in Preston in 2020 is now live via its own dedicated website Finding the Edge. It features exhibition images (still and moving), field recordings, an ‘in conversation’ between Robbie and James Hewison, and an essay by David Cross.