AGNSW THE NATIONAL 2017: NEW AUSTRALIAN ART
In March 2017, the exhibition The National 2017: New Australian Art presented the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art across three institutions: Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). This was the first of a six-year initiative spanning three biennials in 2017, 2019 and 2021.
The Nelson Meers Foundation supported the AGNSW's team to specifically develop a single major website for the project to deliver content about the exhibitions, participating artists, their practice and their works in a fully responsive digital platform for mobile, desktop and in-gallery.
BUKU-LARRNGGAY MULKA ART CENTRE: DIGITAL LEARNING CENTRE
The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community controlled art centre of Northeast Arnhem Land, located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community on the north-eastern tip of the top end of the Northern Territory. Their mission is to sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land under the leadership of community members. The Mulka Project opened the door to its new digital learning centre on July 31st 2015. Within its first week the community elders renamed the Yirrkala Digital Learning Centre 'Yalu' which is dhuwal language for 'nest'. The Nelson Meers Foundation is a founding supporter of the Yalu, providing support for a Digital Learning Co-ordinator to manage the Digital Learning Centre and guide visitors through the Yolngu digital archive.
URBAN THEATRE PROJECTS: BLAK BOX - A 'TOURABLE' SPACE FOR FIRST NATIONS STORIES
Blak Box is stripped back storytelling - up-close and personal in a surround sound environment. Blak Box embraces the First Peoples concept of ‘deep listening’. In NSW, the word for deep listening is Ngara. In the Yorta Yorta language of the Murray River in Victoria it is Gulpa Ngawal. An Indigenous understanding of deep listening is based on stories, silences and the spaces that lie between.
Blak Box will play ‘home’ to commissioned works and stories by First Peoples artists as part of UTP’s B-Side program.