The Significance of Aboriginal Art
A presentation by Colleen Wall
Thursday 1 April 2010, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts, South Brisbane
Members and concession $5; Non-members $10
In this presentation, Colleen Wall will give an overview of the significance of aboriginal art, presenting some key examples. She will also help us to launch our new logo – a stylized turtle – by talking about the significance of the turtle.
Colleen Wall is a Senior Dauwa Clan woman of the Ka’bai Nation from the Mt Bauple region south-west of Maryborough. She has worked in the area of Aboriginal art and culture both in her professional field as well as ‘country’ responsibilities and is knowledgeable in Aboriginal Law and cultural heritage. She works from a cultural law framework and profiles the importance of connection to land as this is the Law that governs all. Colleen has worked for the past 15 years in Arts Queensland as Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs.
Now the Arts and Cultural Director of Wanyiram Pty Ltd, a company owned by her immediate family, she is working in partnership with Consultant Groups in these fields as well as working on her traditional country photographing and documenting sites and profiling them in both literature and paintings. Wanyiram Pty Ltd also undertake commissions for cultural and arts projects in the area of Traditional connections and stories, climate change and documenting processes that show how Aboriginal people lived on this land for thousands of years.
Some of her major achievements in cultural works are:- the management of the writing and publication of two major histories for Arts Queensland – ‘Reality of a Dark History - from contact and conflict to cultural recognition’ and ‘Making Connections - A journey along Central Australian Aboriginal trading routes’ and ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mapping of South Brisbane Peninsular’ for Positive Solutions. Her latest project involves the mapping of ‘Aboriginal Pathways around Brisbane’ for Brisbane City Council. Wanyiram Pty Ltd is also working with the Macadamia Society and Trust in protecting macadamias or Bauple’s Nuts in the wild. The Bauple Nut, like the Bunya Nut is a sacred sustenance of the Kabi Nations.
Colleen is currently the Executive Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal and Advocacy Service.
Image: Yangarriny - Ancestors of the Yirratija moiety, National Gallery, Canberra