The Kluge-Ruhe Collection has released a film about artist Nici Cumpston (Barkindji), who undertook a residency sponsored by Australia Council in March-April, 2014. Coloring the Landscape shows Nici hand coloring works on paper and talking about her body of work having-been-there in the Kluge-Ruhe gallery. The 8-minute film also depicts Cumpston leading a hand coloring workshop for students at the University of Virginia.
Coloring the Landscape was made by Chris Farina of Rosalia Films, who also made Stars over the Sea, about David Bosun’s residency, and the award-winning documentary, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements.
Last week, Cumpston won the Telstra Work on Paper Award at the 31st National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, Northern Territory. She has been named a finalist for the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize sponsored by Monash Gallery of Art.
Cumpston is associate curator of Australian art at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the inaugural artistic director of Tarnanthi, an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander visual arts festival that will be held in Adelaide in October 2015.