New Writing on Contemporary Art with Kim Scott

Our Heart Land - a discussion on the Noongar painting Ngallak Koort Boodja

Co-presented by the Power Institute

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

5 June

The Power Institute and Sydney Ideas are proud to present a talk by writer Kim Scott. Scott’s is the second in a series of presentations supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, that sees some of Australia’s most prominent writers discuss and respond to inspiring works of contemporary Australian art.

In his presentation, Scott will discuss the spectacular canvas Ngallak Koort Boodja (detail), 2006. The artwork was created by Noongar artists and commissioned for the 2006 Perth International Arts Festival, with the title translating in Noongar language as ‘Our Heart Land’. Join us to hear Scott elaborate on the production of this important painting, providing further insight into processes of collaboration, creative nurturing and intercultural dialogue.

Kim Scott

Kim Scott is an Australian novelist of Indigenous Australian ancestry. Scott was born in Perth and began writing shortly after becoming a secondary school teacher of English. His first novel True Country was published in 1993. His second novel Benang won the 1999 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, the 2000 Miles Franklin Award and the 2001 RAKA Kate Challis Award. Both novels were influenced by research in to his family history and personal experience. The themes of these novels have been described as exploring the problem of self-identity faced by light-skinned Aboriginal people and the government's assimilationist policies during the first decades of the twentieth century. His 2005 book Kayang and Me was written in collaboration with his aunt and Noongar elder, Hazel Brown. The work is a monumental oral-based history of the author’s family and the south coast Noongar people of Western Australia. His latest novel That Deadman Dance (Picador, 2010) explores the lively fascination felt between Noongar, British colonists and American whalers in the early years of the nineteenth century. In 2011 Scott won both the Miles Franklin Award and the Victorian Premier's Prize for the novel. Scott is currently Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University.

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