3.30PM - 4.30PM SUNDAY 18 FEB 2018 -

Join artist Judy Watson as she speaks to Alisa Duff from the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle.


3.30PM - 4.30PM SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2018  

Join us for a special event as artist Judy Watson speaks to Alisa Duff from the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle about her works currently featured in EXPERIMENTA MAKE SENSE: THE INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF MEDIA ART.   

the names of places presents a research-based mapping of Aboriginal massacre sites across the country. A significant aspect of the project is the invitation to the Australian public to contribute their own knowledge of any such massacres, which is then incorporated into a database and website that form part of the evolving project. The places, names and details of such events can then become part of our collective consciousness.  

You can see the names of places project online by clicking HERE

Judy will also talk about the keepers, a work that follows the journey of a ‘behind the scenes’ viewing of the Indigenous Australian collections held in the stores of the British Museum. The video conveys both the sensation of viewing the Indigenous collections (a privilege which artist Judy Watson knows few of her fellow Countrymen and women can afford), and what it is like for the objects themselves to be located Out of Country, waiting for their return. The title given to the Curators of Collections in the British Museum are The Keepers. 

Alisa will also speak with Judy about the broader context of her diverse practice which spans across painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and video.

To book for this FREE event, please click HERE


Judy Watson's Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanya country in north-west Queensland. Working form stories and memories, Watson reveals Indigenous histories, following lines of emotional and physical topography that centre on particular places and moments in time. 

Watson co-represented Australian in the 1997 Venice Biennale, was awarded the Moet & Chandon Fellowship in 1995, the National Gallery of Victoria's Clemenger Award in 2006 and, in the same year, the Works on Paper Award at the 23rd National Aboriginal and Torrese Strait Islander Award. In 2011 her exhibition waterline was shown at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC. In 2012, she featured in the Sydney Biennale. Her work is held in major Australian and International collections including the National Gallery of Australia; all Australian State Art Galleries; the Museum of Contemrpoary Art, Sydney; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the British Museum, London; The Tate, London; Library of Congress, Washington DC; Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia; as well as important private collections.  


Alisa Duff is of Torres Strait Islander and Wuthathi (Aboriginal) descent, she was born and raised on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College, Alisa’s dance career took place in Europe working for companies in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. 

As an independent producer, Duff developed and delivered the ‘Indigenous Australian Inclusion’ to the Danish Royal Wedding in Copenhagen, Denmark (2004) and the ‘Seaman Dan Torres Strait Showcase’ to the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan (2005). Alisa has been an Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies and worked for the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the British Council Australia. Since 2014, Alisa has collaborated with the Karungkarni Art & Culture Aboriginal Corporation (Kalkarindji, NT) to deliver their annual exhibition at Charles Darwin University for the Vincent Lingiari Annual Lecture. She is currently employed as Senior Projects Officer with the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle.

This event is presented in partnership with the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle.