More than 200 First Nations artists and cultural thought leaders will gather in Adelaide as South Australia welcomes Purrumpa: A Gathering of First Nations Art and Culture in Kaurna Yerta from October 31 to November 4.
Meaning ‘to shoot’, Court of Australia Purrumpheld at the Adelaide Convention Centre, is a historic conference, marking 50 years of the Council’s investment in and commitment to developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.
Arts Minister Andrea Michaels said the main program features more than 25 South Australian artists and leaders, including keynote sessions and workshops featuring: Uncle Moogy Sumner, Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Dr Ali Baker and Dan Riley.
Work by young and emerging First Nations artists from South Australia will also be featured in collaboration with Carclew.
Many important talks will be held at Purrump it will show the intentions of the newly released Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy for South Australia.
The program will include a focus on the role and representation of the Ministry of First Nations arts and culture through “Uluru’s Speech from the Heart”, “Voice Agreement and Telling the Truth” and a discussion on “Voice to In Parliament’, and to provide national communication. a platform for national and state commitment to Aboriginal leadership in the arts.
Arts Minister Andrea Michaels said “We are very proud to welcome Purrumpa to Adelaide in Kaurna country, and proud to shine a light on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy, to showcase our amazing artists and South Australia’s commitment to First Nations leadership in the arts.
“The exciting cultural program will highlight the Aboriginal people of South Australia from the West Coast, through the deserts and Riverland to the Coorong, and will highlight Tarntanya, the Adelaide plains, as a place of important gatherings of thousands of years.
In addition to this, our government also welcomes the valuable opportunity that Purrumpa will bring to engage and listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the country on how together we can build a their incredible cultural and artistic contribution to who we are as a nation,” Michaels continued.
As a Major Partner with the Australian Council, the State Government is contributing $300,000 towards the $1.5 million budget for the event.
The State Government’s investment will also continue its commitment to invest in and support First Nations artistic and cultural leadership and development pathways across South Australia’s arts sector in to medium, by supporting a team of 10 artists and artistic staff to attend the full Purrumpa programme.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Kyam Maher said “Aboriginal art is an important part of South Australia’s economy, heritage and culture.
“It helps us all connect with Australia’s rich Aboriginal history, while showcasing contemporary culture and showcasing the great achievements in the art world locally, nationally and internationally.
“I am very proud to welcome Purrumpa to Kaurna country where we will not only showcase Aboriginal art and culture, but also our country’s commitment to Word, Covenant and Truth and the role that arts and culture will play plays into this,” Maher. continue.
Chosen by the following organizations, this group will develop and expand their skills and practice, expand their network and include Purrumpa’s heritage in the district:
- Adelaide Fringe
- In Arts
- Mill Adelaide
- JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
- Gravity and Other Myths Pty Ltd
- OSCA – Open Space Contemporary Arts
- Australian Dance Theatre
- APY Art Center Collective Aboriginal Corporation
- No Strings Attached Theater of Disability Incorporated
For full program details and more information visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au/advocacy-and-research/events/purrumpa