Culture Shock - Art school and the Indigenous student experience
- When 19 Nov - 19 Nov 2016
16-20 Goodhope Street Paddington, NSW 2021
3-5pm (for a 3:30 start)
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation's dynamic Ideas and Culture program continues with a special forum titled Culture Shock exploring and examining Indigenous cultures, learning and teaching experiences within the academy.
Join Tess Allas, Director of Indigenous Programs at UNSW Art & Design, in conversation with Daniel Browning, Aboriginal journalist and radio broadcaster as they discuss challenges confronting Indigenous students and staff entering the higher education system.
Enrolling in a university is a daunting experience for many. For Indigenous students the experience of university life is sometimes fraught with barriers that are not experienced by non-Indigenous people. The culture shock of university schedules, lectures, campus activities and the many unknowns of moving to a big city can be intimidating. Academic artspeak is sometimes a barrier to meaningful participation in an art school. In addition, Indigenous students carry the expectations of community heavily upon their shoulders.
Tess Allas and Daniel Browning will discuss these and other issues in a special event this Saturday.
Tess Allas holds a Bachelor degree in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and a Master degree of Art Curation from the University of Sydney. She’s worked in the field of Aboriginal art since the early 1990s and has coordinated and curated important national exhibitions including 181 Regent Street: Addressing Black Theatre, which was part of the 2012 Sydney Festival; and With Secrecy and Despatch, which took place earlier this year at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. In addition she has curated a number of international exhibitions including at the Montreal First Nations Festival in Canada; the Gorman Museum at the University of California; and the Davis and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia.
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist and radio broadcaster from the Bundjalung and Kullilli people of south-western Queensland. He has produced and presented Aweye!, an Indigenous art and culture program on ABC Radio National since 2005. Aweye! surveys contemporary cultural practice across the arts spectrum – from the visual and performing arts, to literature, politics, social history, and contemporary debates.