Imants Tillers: one world many visions
Michael Riley: sights unseen

 National Gallery of Australia
Saturday 23 September 2006 9 am – 5 pm

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On Saturday 23 September the National Gallery of Australia will present an engaging one-day symposium bringing together artists, curators, art critics, film-makers, writers and architects to discuss diverse aspects of the art of Michael Riley and Imants Tillers.

The morning program addresses the art of Imants Tillers. Speakers will engage with different aspects of his art and his philosophical approach from the 1970s to the present. The morning will conclude with the screening of The Water Diary, 2005, a film written and directed by Jane Campion, which was shot at Nimmitabel, near Cooma, a region which has been the source of inspiration for many of Tillers’ later works.

Academy Award winning film maker Jane Campion will attend the symposium to introduce her film one of eight short films developed to dramatise the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

The work of Michael Riley will be addressed during the afternoon session with speakers providing an insight into the artist’s personal life and art practice as well as international and national perspectives — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — on imagery and film-making. The afternoon will conclude with the screening of Empire (1997) directed by Michael Riley. Michael Riley (1960-2004) was one of the most important contemporary Indigenous visual artists of the past two decades. His emotive film and video work challenges non-Indigenous perceptions of Indigenous experience, particularly of the most disenfranchised communities in the south-eastern region of Australia.

Tickets: adult $60; members/concession $50; students $30 (includes all sessions, exhibition entry, morning and afternoon tea) Bookings essential: 02 6240 6504

Symposium Speakers include:
Andrew Andersons PTW Architects
Cathy Craigie consultant, arts administrator, author
Brenda L Croft Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia
Destiny Deacon artist, film-maker, writer
Mary Eagle freelance curator and art historian, Julie Ewington, writer, curator and broadcaster
Alasdair Foster Director, Australian Centre for Photography
John Harding playwright, author, actor
Deborah Hart Senior Curator, Australian Painting and Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia
Robert McFarlane photographer and writer
Ian North Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, University of South Australia
Nikos Papastergiardis writer, art critic, lecturer
Hetti Perkins Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Avril Quaill Principle Project Officer, Queensland Indigenous Art and Marketing Export Agency
Lisa Reihana film-maker and artist
Imants Tillers artist
Nick Waterlow OAM, Director of the Ivan Dougherty Gallery
Bernadette Yhi Riley researcher, writer

For further information please contact
Caroline Cero, Marketing & Communications
phone +61 2 6240 6431