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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 789 ..


Arts—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks(Question No 120)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) Of the 137 pieces of public art included on the ACT Government’s online Public Art List, which ones were created fully or in part by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

(2) Of these, how many designate themselves Ngunnawal people.

(3) How many are (or were) resident in the ACT.

(4) Of the 137 pieces of public art included on the ACT Government’s online Public Art List, which ones are considered to have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander theming.

(5) Does the ACT Government have a plan or specific goal to acquire public art created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and/or Ngunnawal artists; if so, what is it.

Ms Cheyne: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Of the 137 pieces of public art included on the ACT Government’s online Public Art List, there are five public artworks (outdoor sculptural works) and one ceramics work comprised of five vessels (exhibited indoor) that are known to be created by or in part by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as follows:

Bogong Moths – by artist Jim Williams (Ngambri).

Gathering Place – community art process led by Wellspring (Jennifer Jones and Phil Nizette), individual participants names not known.

Reclamation Culture, Spirit and Place – by artists Sandra Hill (Nyoongar), Jim Williams (Ngunnawal) with Tony Pankiw and Jenny Dawson.

World Peace Flame Monument – by artist Jim Williams (Ngunnawal).

Indigenous ceramics – by artists Hudson Allison, Ngyuntjima Carroll, Robert Puruntatameri, Kanytjupai Baker, Vivian Thompson, Carol Williams, Janet De Boos. Artists designations not known.

Indigenous land art sculpture that forms part of the Gungahlin Drive Extension Artworks – artists not known.

(2) There is one artist, Jim Williams, known to be Ngambri man, and Traditional Custodian of the ACT.

(3) The residential details of Mr Williams and the other Indigenous artists listed in (1) are not known.

(4) Of the 137 pieces of public art included on the ACT Government’s online Public Art List, there are nine artworks considered to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theming as follows: Bogong Moths; Civic Memory Quilt; Fireline; Gathering Place; Reclamation Culture, Spirit and Place; The Goongarline; World Peace Flame Monument; Indigenous ceramics; and Indigenous land art sculpture (part of the Gungahlin Drive Extension artworks).


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