Robert Andrew selected as keynote speaker at Djamu Program for Indigenous Art Education – Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Robert Andrew, Country, Ground, Earth, Sand, Time and Space, 2017
Soil, aluminium, string and electro-mechanicals. 400 cm by 180 cm by 180 cm
Congratulations to Robert Andrew for being selected as a keynote speaker in the 2019 Djamu Program for Indigenous Art Education, to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Djamu Program is dedicated to providing opportunities and access to the art world for Indigenous visual art students. The program encourages engagement with the art world, educates Indigenous students on the many vocational possibilities of the art world, through a program which integrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander concepts, perspectives and cultural practices. The students learn about the Gallery’s collection, and the program aims to develop the artmaking skills of students, and assist them in recognising and fulfilling their own potential within the art world.
To find out more about this program, please visit https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/education/reaching-out/djamu/.
Robert Andrew will be exhibiting his work concurrently at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as part of an exhibition exploring contemporary Australian art-making: ‘The National 2019: new Australian art’. The exhibition will span three of Sydney’s most prestigious art institutions, the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and features the work of 65 Australian artists, producing a complex, diverse and engaging tableau of Australian art.
Robert Andrew uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’.
Fusing the old and the new, Andrew uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture.
Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendant of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art and an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Griffith University, where he is currently a post graduate candidate for a Doctorate in Visual Arts.