About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

28 Jun 2011 – 15:00

Indigenous Art Now!

Start: 3 pm Admission free October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester Street LONDON, UK Tel. + 44 (0)20 7242 7367


On the 28th of June 2011 a panel discussion will be organised in London to coincide with the launch of Artlink Indigenous #1 Beauty and Terror, the first in a series of annual issues on developments in indigenous art in Australia. This launch is a collaboration of the Australian contemporary art magazine Artlink, the October Gallery and Framer Framed. It follows on a successful event around Artlink: Blak on blak that was held in the AAMUMuseum of contemporary Aboriginal art in May 2010.

Contemporary indigenous art in Australia is hugely varied and includes remote and regional area art, city-based art, projects which bridge these, and others that link into other countries. Indigenous artists are active in the global art market, referring in their work to a contemporary global art language. They strive to be judged on the intrinsic quality of their work and not on the colour of their skin. Simultaneously they identify themselves with their ethnic background for recognition of the subordinated position of their ethnic group and use their heritage in their work.

Artists like Fiona Foley, Vernon Ah Kee and Christian Thompson will talk about their work and these issues. Also joining are some of the contemporary artists from New Zealand who are exhibiting work in the show Current at the October Gallery from June 23rd.

The debate will be moderated by Daniel Browning and the panel will consist of guests from museums,academics and the art world.

At 6 pm the new magazine will be launched by Dr. Anthony Gardner, an Australian research fellow in art history, currently working at the Courtauld Institute of Art.


Daniel Browning: journalist, radio producer, guest editor Artlink Indigenous
Fiona Foley: artist
Vernon Ah Kee: artist
Christian Thompson: artist
James Ormsby: artist
Georges Petitjean: curator AAMU
Stephanie Radok: artist, writer, guest editor Artlink Indigenous
Dan Rycroft: lecturer in Arts and Cultures of Asia, University of East Anglia
Natasha McKinney: curator British Museum
Anthony Gardner: art historian

Contemporary Aboriginal art /


The View of Self - Blak on Blak
Blak on Blak - reading Australian blak art, myth and reality in perceptions of contemporary indigenous practice.


Vernon Ah Kee


Stephanie Radok

Artist, writer, editor

Natasha McKinney


Daniel Browning

Radio Presenter, Producer

Georges Petitjean


Fiona Foley

Artist, Curator

Christian Thompson


Daniel Rycroft

Art Historian

James Ormsby


Anthony Gardner

Art Historian