1st Aboriginal Women’s Arts Festival
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1st Aboriginal Women’s Arts Festival

1985. Colour screenprint, 152 x 101.8cm. Repaired minor tears and creases. Linen-backed.

Text continues “February 1–16, Adelaide. 1985. Assisted by Aboriginal Arts Board & Community Arts Board of the Australia Council.” Held in NMA.

The 1st Aboriginal Women’s Arts Festival held in Adelaide in 1985 was organised by Jo Willmot of Black Women in Focus, and directed by Eva Johnson. The festival included a range of events such as traditional dance and storytelling, visual arts, film, literature and theatre. The festival was opened by Mum Shirl aka Coleen Shirley Perry Smith AM MBE (1921–1998). Artists and performers included Kathleen Petyarre, Polly Sumner, Gloria Petyarre, and Waiata Telfer. Theatre performances included Eva Johnson’s play entitled Tjindarella, which was based on previous government policies (1910 to 1970) of forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their families and culture. Ref: Hawthorne (Ed.), Australia for Women, 1994; AustLit; NGA; Bill Clements, Redfern Oral History; Delmore Gallery; Wiki.

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