Thursday 26 August will see the rrala manta manta forum held at Launceston’s Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Please see below for details schedule and speakers:
- 9:30 am: Welcome to Country/ Introductions
- Patsy Cameron: (TAS) Tasmanian Aboriginal artist (traditional weaver) and researcher. Patsy will explain the importance of development and protection and of cultural practice and heritage (30min talk plus 10 min Q&A)
- Robyn Ayers: Executive Director of Arts Law Centre of Australia. Robyn will introduce an Intellectual Property Toolkit developed by Arts Law Centre of Australia (30min talk plus 10 min Q&A)
- Alexandra Gillespie (NSW, Aus): Communications manager of Craft Australia. “Rightway, the future of Indigenous craft and design” online forum. Alex will explain the development and use of this online forum and its benefit for all Aboriginal artists to develop an online community and their own personal web presence. An especially useful tool for artists practicing in remote areas. (30min talk plus 10 min Q&A)
- Donna Campbell: (NZ) a Maori textile and fibre artist whose contemporary designs incorporate traditional motifs and techniques. Donna will talk about the growth of traditional practice in her area of expertise and her use of contemporary practice to promote traditional re-skilling within her community. (45min talk plus 10 min Q&A)
- Maile Andrade: (USA) Indigenous Hawai’ian textile and fibre artist. Details TBC (45min talk plus 10 min Q&A)
- 3:30 Forum end.
Forum Chairperson Greg Lehman,: Writer and educator
Greg is a well-known participant amongst the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. He generously gives his time to many indigenous boards and committees and has been an integral member of the rrala manta manta team.
Patsy Cameron– Tasmanian textile artist and researcher
Patsy is a respected Tasmanian Aboriginal elder and artist She has a long-time association with the University of Tasmania and was fundamental in the establishment of Riawanna (Centre of Aboriginal Studies) at the University. She has consistently worked to increase opportunities and achievements for Aboriginal people and actively endeavours to pass on her significant knowledge of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and to other Aboriginal people,
Patsy will discuss the process and protection of ancestral and cultural education and the significance of this protection for the long-term repatriation and development of Aboriginal tradition..
Robyn Ayers- Executive Director of Arts Law Centre of Australia. Robyn will introduce an IP Toolkit developed by Arts Law Centre of Australia and explain issues concerning personal and community intellectual copyright for indigenous artists
Alexandra Gillespie– Communications Manager, Craft Australia
Alexandra Gillespie is the Communications Manager at Craft Australia. Alex has worked on a number of projects with Indigenous artists as a designer and educator including screen and interactive design for the Ningenneh Tunapary permanent exhibition at Tasmanian Museum and Gallery.
Alex will direct participants through “Rightway, the future of Indigenous craft and design” online forum. She will explain the development and use of this online forum and its benefit for all Aboriginal artists to develop an online community and their own personal web presence. A useful tool for artists practicing in remote areas.
Keynote speaker: Donna Campbell– Textile artist, New Zealand
Donna is a leading Maori textile designer renowned for her wearable art designs.
The title of Donna’s presentation is ‘mana wahine’, (strength and resilience drawn from the Maori world view.). Woven into this presentation are issues around the customary practice and contemporary practice continuum and discussion on how we maintain integrity with customary materials, techniques and process while at the same time creating new dialogues within the work and the practice.
Keynote Speaker: Maile Andrade- Textile artist, Hawai’i, USA
Maile Andrade is a multi-media artist and has a Masters of Fine Art degree in Ceramics/Fibre from the University of Hawai’i – Månoa. She presently is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair at Kamakakukalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i-Månoa developing and teaching in a Native Hawaiian Creative Expression Program. She has exhibited her works locally, nationally and internationally. Presentation details TBC