Aboriginal timeline: Arts

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2013

  1. 6 June

    The Musée du Quai Branly (MQB) in Paris unveils the largest Australian Aboriginal public artwork in the world on its roof, a detail of Lena Nyadbi’s painting Dayiwul Lirlmim (Scales of the Barramundi). The permanent artwork is only viewable from atop the Eiffel Tower.

  2. 19 July

    Australia Post honours 5 “eminent” Aboriginal people in a stamp issue: Shirley Smith AM, Neville Bonner AO, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Eddie “Koiki” Mabo and Charles Perkins AO.

  3. August

    Tiwi Islander Rob Collins wins the role of the kind-hearted leader Mufasa in the Disney musical The Lion King.

2014

  1. Actress Rosalie Kunoth-Monks is named the NT Australian of the Year for 2015. She played the lead role in the film Jedda in 1953 at age 17.

  2. 26 January

    The late Dr Yunupingu from Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi posthumously receives the Companion of the Order of Australia, one of Australia’s highest honours. The award recognises the highest degree of service to humanity.

  3. April

    Sydney artist Daniel Boyd becomes the first Aboriginal man to win the Bulgari Art Award, one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary art prizes, for his work Untitled 2014.

  4. 11 April

    The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) is held in Sydney, showcasing Aboriginal fashion, textiles and accessories from across Australia.

  5. 28 April

    Jack Charles becomes the first Aboriginal person to win a lifetime achievement award at the Victorian Green Room Awards for the show Jack Charles v the Crown.

  6. 9 May

    Aboriginal singer Jessica Mauboy performs as a guest singer at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, becoming the first guest singer from a non-European Union country.

2015

  1. 23 February

    Yaegl woman Pauline Clague wins the 2015 Stanley Hawes Award for her extensive work in championing and producing the works of Australia’s emerging and Aboriginal filmmakers. Pauline was the Aboriginal training officer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2009 to 2013, developing more than 35 courses around Australia and training 650 Aboriginal people.

2016

  1. 1 August

    A new law in Victoria allows Koorie people to protect and control the use of their culture and heritage by nominating for protection particular elements, e.g. traditional songs, stories, dance and art with significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge.

  2. 3 October

    Jessica Mauboy becomes the first Aboriginal lead actor in a drama series of a commercial network, starring as Billie Carter in The Secret Daughter by Channel Seven.

  3. November

    Rodney Kelly, a descendant of Cooman and leader of a delegation to secure the return of the historic ‘Gweagal shield’ from the British Museum, discovers a similar shield at the Ethnological Museum of Berlin. Both finds are significant and date from 1770 when the HMS Endeavour arrived at Botany Bay.

2017

  1. NITV launches Australia’s first ever Aboriginal animated children’s series, Little J & Big Cuz.

  2. March

    Hip-hop duo A.B Original (Yorta Yorta man Briggs and Ngarrindjeri man Trials) win the Australian Music Prize (the biggest prize for an album in Australia) with Reclaim Australia.

  3. 13 May

    Tracey Moffatt (Bedevil) represents Australia at the 57th Venice Biennale (13 May – 26 November), making her the first Aboriginal artist to present a solo exhibition at the event.

  4. 24 May

    Front side of the coin.
    The front side of the 50-cent coin shows Eddie Mabo's face, the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal flags and a 1967 referendum campaign poster.

    The Royal Australian Mint issues a special 50-cent coin, "Pride & Passion", to mark the 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. Artist and grand-daughter of Eddie Mabo, Boneta-Marie Mabo, helped with the design of the coin. Only 1.4 million coins are minted.

  5. October

    Josie Baker wins the title of Miss First Nation Ultimate Queen at the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national drag competition in Darwin.

2018

  1. 22 February

    Ganalbingi man and artist Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr, from the remote community of Gapuwiyak in the Northern Territory, wins the inaugural Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award.

  2. 21 April

    Gurrumul’s final album Djarimirri (Child Of The Rainbow) becomes the first number one Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) album in an Aboriginal language, only a week after its release on 13 April. In August at the 2018 National Indigenous Music Awards it wins Album of the Year, Song of the Year for the title track, and Gurrumul is posthumously named Artist of the Year.

Harvard citation

Korff, J 2019, Aboriginal timeline: Arts, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australian-aboriginal-history-timeline/arts?page=3>, retrieved 24 October 2019

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