DATES & VENUES
Opening Day Photos
University Art Gallery
Opening Day Photos
History Forum Day
Forum Day Photos
The Proof Readings
SYDNEY: Museums Australia Conference & Dinner
MOREE: Moree Plains Gallery
Opening Day Photos
South Australian Museum
University of Virginia, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
GOSFORD: Regional Art Gallery
Press release 1
Press release 2
Opening night photos
Opening night speech
In Conversation photos
LIST OF WORKS
Portraits from The Movement 1978 2003
The Proof Readings
Proof is a testament to one artists sustained engagement
with issues central to contemporary Australian culture.
~ Catherine De Lorenzo, Photographic Proof, Art Monthly
#166 Dec 2003 - Feb 2004
Saturday March 27th 2004, 2pm
Dennis McDermott, Martin
Thomas, Martin Harrison, Kim
Saturday May 1st 2004, 2pm
Anita Heiss, Barry
Hill, Romaine Moreton, Robert
The Proof Readings are a unique opportunity to hear from
Indigenous and non-Indigenous poets and writers whose work crosses over between
cultures, between land and memory, between contemporary engagement and historical
imagination. Each reading brings together the best of new writing from poets and
writers whose work is in dialogue with a deep understanding of Australian identity,
place and inheritance. Director of the National Portrait Gallery Andrew Sayers
spoke of Juno Gemes remarkable photographic documentation of three decades
of Indigenous protest as a major achievement in Australian photography which is
clearly and unambiguously an engaged body of portraiture. Co-ordinated
by poet and critic Martin Harrison, The Proof Readings are a response to
the continuing presence of that unambiguous engagement in contemporary poetry.
About the Readers
Dennis McDermott is a poet, psychologist and academic. He currently teaches Indigenous
Health to medical students at the University of New South Wales. Although he grew
up in Tamworth NSW, like many Aboriginal Australians his mob is from here and
there, Sydney and Donegal. He has alternated pouring beers and driving cabs with
work in radio, as a therapist and as an educator in Sydney, Brisbane and the bush.
His poetry has appeared in Southerly, the Sydney Morning Herald
and Poetry International. A first collection, Dorothys Skin,
was published by Five Islands Press in 2003.
Martin Thomas studied history at the University of Sydney and cultural studies
at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he is now an ARC postdoctoral fellow.
He has worked as a writer, editor, and a radio producer. He has also been an historian
for the National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales. Martin lives in
Katoomba and is the author of The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains,
a study of myths and narratives that have shaped the cultural landscape of the
area. In 2000 he won the NSW Premiers Audio/Visual History Award for his work
on the Aboriginal sound recordist Jimmie Barker. The Artificial Horizon
was recently short-listed in the Festival Awards for Literature.
Martin Harrisons most recent poetry collection, Summer (Paper Bark
Press 2002) won the Wesley Michel Wright Award. A collection of literary and critical
essays, Who Wants to Create Australia? and Other Essays is about to appear
from Halstead. He is the editor of a significant Australian and New Zealand section
in the Fall 2003 edition of the California-based poetry magazine, Poetry International.
He has worked as an ABC broadcaster and radio producer and he regularly writes
performance works for sound and radio. Currently at work on a new poetry collection,
he was awarded an Established Writers Fellowship from the Australia in 2002. He
teaches writing and poetry at the University of Technology.
Kim Mahood is a visual artist and writer whose first book, Craft for a Dry
Lake, won the NSW Premiers Award for non-fiction and the Age
Book of the Year. Her work as both an artist and a writer draws on her relationship,
past and present, to the Tanami desert country and its people. She is currently
working on a novel.
Anita Heiss (Wiradjuri nation) is an author, poet, historian and social commentator.
Her books include a poetry collection Token Kooris (1998), an historical
novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 and the satire Sacred
Cows. Her most recent book is Dhuuluu Yala: Talk Straight Publishing
Aboriginal Writing. She is currently writer in residence at Macquarie University.
Poet, fiction writer and biographer Barry Hill is the author of three poetry collections,
Raft, Ghosting William Buckley and most recently The Inland Sea
(Salt 2002). His most recent publication is the multi-award winning biography
of Central Australian anthropologist and translator, T.G.H. Strehlow, Broken
Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession. Barry is also poetry editor
of The Australian newspaper and an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Centre,
University of Melbourne. The Song Company will be performing his libretto, based
on the Song of Songs with music by Andrew Schulz, at the Opera House on May 8th.
Romaine Moreton is an Indigenous performance poet, film maker and writer. Originally
from Stradbroke Island, her family settled in the country town of Bodalla, New
South Wales, when she was a child. She says of her work: The things I have
to say and how I say them are a direct response to the environment in which I
have grown up and continue to live in. To create works that do not deal with the
morbid and mortal effects of racism for one, and the beauty of Indigenous culture
for another, would be for me personally, to produce works that are farcical.
A new collection of her poetry, Post Me To The Prime Minister, will be
launched at the Sydney Writers Festival this year.
Robert Adamson is one of Australias best known poets, poetry editor and
publisher. Text have just published Inside Out, Adamsons autobiography.
In May 2004 Reading the River, Selected Poems by Robert Adamson is published
by Bloodaxe UK. Adamson has won the National Book Council award for poetry and
the NSW and Victorian Premiers Prize. In 1994 Robert Adamson was awarded
the Christopher Brennan Prize for lifetime achievement and service to Australian
from The Movement 1978 2003
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
Building E11A, Macquarie University, Sydney
Exhibition opening hours: 10 March 10 May 2004
MondayThursday 10am-5pm or by arrangement
Extended opening hours: Saturday 10am-4pm
13 & 27 March, 10 & 24 April 1 & 8 May