2017 Verge Festival Event // Indigenous Arts + Curatorial Panel Discussion, October 12, 1pm-2pm

Intersections between Learning & Practice Through the University: Indigenous Arts + Curatorial Panel Discussion
Thursday October 12, 1-2pm
Verge Festival, at Verge Gallery

The University has been an important site for Indigenous artistic and curatorial learning and practices, and this panel discussion takes inspiration from the late Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Michael Riley’s association with the Tin Sheds workshop space (which was located on what is now the current Verge Gallery) where he started his career by enrolling in a photography workshop there in 1982. He later became the photographic technician at the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), and in 1987 was one of 10 Sydney-based artists who established Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative which is now located in Leichhardt, not far from the University’s Main Campus.

Moderated by Mariko Smith, a Yuin academic and Wingara Mura Fellow at SCA, who completed a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, the panel – including Aboriginal staff members, practicing artists and PhD students – will discuss how academic research and the University as an institution has contributed to contemporary Indigenous artistic and curatorial learning and practices in Sydney and beyond.