Senator Aden Ridgeway
Free Evening Lecture to coincide with the National
Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition
Seeing the Centre: The art of Albert Namatjira 1902-1959
6pm Friday 22 November
Followed by exhibition viewing until 8pm
James O. Fairfax Theatre and Project Gallery
Senator Aden Ridgeway will examine important insights and stimulate renewed debate on copyright and intellectual property issues for the arts, particularly in context of the life and work of Albert Namatjira. Senator Ridgeway's political and personal experiences of Indigenous issues, and his passionate interest in the arts, will be reflected in his lecture.
Aden Ridgeway, Australian Democrats Senator for NSW, was born in Macksville in northern NSW and is from the Gumbayngirr people of that area. He was educated at St John's College, Woodlawn, in Lismore. He was a member of both Indigenous Native Title negotiating teams following the Mabo and Wik decisions and was a member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation for its last two years.
Senator Ridgeway was Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats from April 2001 to October 2002 - the nation's first Indigenous politician to hold a Federal political leadership position. His current portfolio areas are Arts and Sport; Consumer Affairs; Forestry; Indigenous Affairs; Industry, Small Business and Tourism; and Trade and Overseas Development.
National Gallery of Australia Travelling Exhibition
Sponsored by Marsh
Albert Namatjira is one of Australia's best known artists and his landscape paintings have become iconic images synonymous with the Australian outback. His paintings are expressions of his personal relationship with central Australia, particularly the Western Aranda (Arrernte) country to which he was spiritually bound.
His images show a powerful and potent land created in the Dreaming, transcending the influence of European settlement. The exhibition and its catalogue seek to redress previous misconceptions about the art and life of Namatjira.
Roger Butler, the coordinating curator responsible for this exhibition, and Alison French, researcher and author of the exhibition catalogue, have obtained some of Namatjira's finest watercolours from both public and private collections for this exhibition.