Revealing concealed histories
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Revealing concealed histories

Judy Watson is a prolific and acclaimed Brisbane-based artist, who belongs to the Waanyi people of northwestern Queensland. Her work has often reflected on the histories of Aboriginal people that lie submerged in the landscape. Watson made found 10 inches under in response to viewing an Aboriginal shield at UQ Anthropology Museum.1 The shield was … Continue reading

Emerging curators’ intelligent take on Judy Watson’s artwork
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Emerging curators’ intelligent take on Judy Watson’s artwork

UQ Art Museum’s Isabella Baker and Emma McLean have curated a beautiful exhibition of selected etchings and paintings by prolific Brisbane artist, Judy Watson, who belongs to the Waanyi people of northwest Queensland. UQ Honours student and Art Museum Digital Media assistant Hilary Thurlow caught up with Isabella and Emma to find more about their … Continue reading

New to the Collection: ‘Listening to the River’
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New to the Collection: ‘Listening to the River’

  Nici Cumpston belongs to the Barkindji people of the Darling River in northwestern New South Wales. Cumpston’s Listening to the River 2005/2016 is part of her ‘Attesting’ series, which responds to the changing environment of the Murray-Darling Basin due to human intervention.1 In 2007, the Murray’s ecology was disturbed when the Federal Government cut … Continue reading

The spectacular Spinifex Womens Collaborative painting
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The spectacular Spinifex Womens Collaborative painting

Background In the 1950s, the Spinifex People or Pila Nguru were forced from their homes by a severe drought and the nuclear testing scheme that Britain embarked on at Maralinga in the remote west of South Australia, with approval from the Australian government. The Pila Nguru returned to their native lands in the 1980s to … Continue reading