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Brisbane: Mowanjum art on show

Gordon Barunga and other Mowanjum artists have work on display at QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 Aboriginal Comments Off

Scientists head north to date rock art

How old are the oldest Wanjina cave paintings?

Gwion Gwion rock paintings, Oomarri (images courtesy Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri; photographs by Richard Downs)

Gwion Gwion rock paintings, Oomarri (images courtesy Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri; photographs by Richard Downs)

How much older are the Gwion-Gwions, the stick figures that artists stopped painting many hundreds of years before they painted the first Wanjinas?

Archaeologists will be applying a raft of scientific dating methods to paintings at Theda and  Doongan stations to try and settle the matter.

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Aboriginal Comments Off

Mowanjum: Wanjina documentary in production

Donny Woolagoodja's Wanjina at Sydney Olympic games opening pageant 2000

Donny Woolagoodja's Wanjina at Sydney Olympic games opening pageant 2000

Mowanjum Art Centre director Donny Woolagoodja is featured in a documentary film being made.

Film maker Tim Mummery, who started making the film in 2002, is seeking funds to complete it.

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Katoomba: Man damages ‘Wanjina’ art

Wanjina vandalisedNSW gallery owner Vesna Tenodi says police have caught a man damaging controversial art outside her property.

The art work has attracted considerable hostility from local Aborigines and Mowanjum Art Centre, and is subject to a NSW court order to remove it.

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Monday, August 15th, 2011 Aboriginal 92 Comments

Opinion: Arts Law Centre on NSW Wanjina sculpture controversy

Gallery owner Vesna Tenodi with the offending stone sculpture encased in a pine crate with protest messages

Gallery owner Vesna Tenodi with the offending stone sculpture encased in a pine crate with protest messages

A group set up to protect artists’ legal rights disputes a statement by NSW gallery owner Vesna Tenodi.

The Arts Law Centre, which represents Mowanjum Arts Centre, described a Wanjina carving displayed by Ms Tenodi as “a public expression of racial, cultural and religious intolerance”.

You can read the group’s statement here:

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 Aboriginal, Derby 248 Comments

Katoomba: ‘Wanjina’ sculpture attacked

Gallery owner Vesna Tenodi with the offending stone sculpture encased in a pine crate with protest messages

Gallery owner Vesna Tenodi with the offending stone sculpture encased in a pine crate with protest messages

A controversial stone sculpture has been vandalised, says NSW gallery owner Vesna Tenodi.

She said witnesses saw a man painting the engraved limestone block late on Sunday. more »

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Katoomba: ‘Wanjina’ gallery fence graffitied

VandalsGraffitiPhotoThe NSW gallery forced to remove a ‘Wanjina’ sculpture from its yard has had its front fence graffitied.

“They are tragic people and they cannot change,” said gallery owner Vesna Tenodi, who was ordered by her local council and the NSW courts to remove the artwork because it offended Aboriginal people.

“Vesna, you are a fraud and a liar,” reads the graffiti, just in front of the offending sculpture which was encased in a pine box painted with protest messages.

Gallery owner Vesna Tenodi with the offending stone sculpture encased in a pine crate with protest messages

Gallery owner Vesna Tenodi with the offending stone sculpture encased in a pine crate with protest messages

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Katoomba: Gallery to remove ‘Wanjina’ sculpture

Wanjina s4PICT0125A New South Wales gallery owner is removing a large Wanjina sculpture from her yard, following council pressure.

Vesna Tenodi has had the offending sculpture encased in a pine box with protest messages against what she described as “censorship”.

The council refused planning permission for the artwork, following sustained pressure from local Aboriginal people and artists at Mowanjum.

You can read her media release here:

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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 Aboriginal, Derby 129 Comments
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