Artists painting aboriginal mural

Artists painting aboriginal muralUrban aboriginal artists in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are creating what may be the city's largest mural.

The giant 743-square-metre mural is a labour of love for five aboriginal artists who have been working for a month on the west wall of the Orwell Hotel on Hastings Street.

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Down-under wonder: Carrollton artist brings aboriginal works to Oxford gallery

Down-under wonder: Carrollton artist brings aboriginal works to Oxford galleryMaybe it’s the accent — he was born in an “itty bitty” English village that no longer exists and then moved to Australia in his 20s. It might be his hands, which are always flying and pointing and clapping to explain the points of his many captivating stories. More than anything, it’s likely the vivid, captivating stories themselves about his extraordinary life experiences.

Aboriginal art has stories to tell

Aboriginal art has stories to tellSun Valley-area residents have connections to the greater world at large, which often offers the community rare educational and learning experiences.

Aboriginal elders: leave things alone

Aboriginal elders: leave things aloneTHANKS, but no thanks - that is the response of Holroyd’s Aboriginal people to a proposal to rename four sportsgrounds with indigenous names.

David Williams, of Merrylands, and Rex Sorby, of Guildford, said they consulted Darug elders on the idea and agreed not to rewrite history.

Public works

Public worksUNTIL recently the Aboriginal people from the rainforests of far north Queensland were best known for their magnificent wooden shields and distinctive horned baskets woven from strips of lawyer cane and painted with earth pigments.

In August last year, however, a group of artists from the region caused a sensation when they showed new experimental work at the inaugural Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. It was such a hit it all sold within hours.