In October and November of 2015, we hosted as a resident artist Djambawa Marawili AM, a renowned painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceremonial leader of the Yolngu people in Australia. During the course of his residency, Marawili taught undergraduate printmaking students, discussed his art practice for the Environmental Sciences department at U.Va., and gave an overview of his people’s Sea Rights Claim at the Oceans Law and Policy Center at the U.Va. School of Law. He also publicly unveiled two hollow log sculptures as new additions to the permanent collection and sang with clapping sticks to more than 250 people.
The residency has been presented in partnership with the following sponsors: Australia Council for the Arts, the Embassy of Australia, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Maria T. Kluge, U.Va. McIntire Department of Art and U.Va. Oceans Law and Policy Center.
On September 8, 2015, six Indigenous Australian writers and two Indigenous American writers read from and discussed their work. After a brief introduction by Margo Smith AM and Karenne Wood (Monacan), each writer will spent seven minutes reading from a work of their choice, and then Karenne Wood led a discussion about Indigenous identity and writing, followed by Q & A and a reception with refreshments. Indigenous Australian writers Bruce Pascoe, Jared Thomas, Dub Leffler, Jeanine Leane, Ellen Van Neervan, and Cathy Craigie are members of the First Nations Australian Writers Network, an organization that acts as an advocacy and resources service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers. Indigenous American writers included award winning poets Karenne Wood of the Virginia Indian Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Deborah Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen), who teaches at Washington and Lee.
This program was presented in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the First Nations Australian Writers Network, and the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture.
The ARTinstead Festival was an opportunity for the Charlottesville community to explore their role in the ongoing local, national, and international dialogues about race. This special event will include drop-in art workshops, community dialogue, and a panel discussion with artists who address issues of race and identity in their work. Participating artists are Tony Albert (Girramay, Indigenous Australian), Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota, Native American), Frank Walker (African-American), and Madhavi Reddi (Indian-American). Together we celebrated, respected, and learned about diverse cultures and identities in observance of NAIDOC Week. This event was spearheaded by Education intern Holly Zajur (CLAS 2015).