Wednesday May 3, 2017
First Floor, Union House
University of Melbourne
Melbourne , Victoria
Dave Childs & Sarah Howell
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Amber-Rose Aktnson, Melena Jane Aktnson, Paul Barnes, Billy Coulthurst, Sean Mc Dowell, Edwina Green, Jordie Halsall, Sam Harrison, Mark Hoffman, Naoise Halloran-Mackay, Jamira Hunter, Aurora Materia, Josh Muir, Hannah Nilsson, Tiriki Onus, Isabel Rumble, Madeline Simm, Bronte Stolz, Khi-Lee Thorpe, and others
Coordinated by Sam Harrison
I am a young Australian Indigenous artst and curator. Kamilaroi on my father’s side and English on my mother’s. Family, learning, identity, healing and protest are the central themes of my practce. I am the second of four brothers who have had little chance to meet. Thoughts of incarceraton, institutionalization and child detenon have always troubled me, especially in regards to my little brothers.
Group Conversatons; Australia’s Shame is the manifestaton of my own want to discuss these issues with as many people as possible around me, in light of the recent mainstream media spotlight on the ABC Four Corners episode “Australia’s Shame” and the subsequent politcal and social responses. Students throughout VCA and University of Melbourne, as well as artsts, performers and mentors have been invited to be part of this discussion.
The closing night is going to be a lively one, with food and drink, music, song, an artist’s talk and an interactive panel discussion.4:30pm Smoking Ceremony
5:00pm Arst’s Talk by Kate Daw
5:45pm Song by John Wayne Parsons
6:00pm Panel Discussion
Hope to see you there!