Expressionist painter Albert Namatjira was a pioneer for artistic freedom and Aboriginal rights. During his lifetime he became the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship and carved out his place in modern art history. However, following his untimely death, the copyright to his work was sold by local government to a publishers. The impoverished Namatjira family, 60 years on, fought a legal battle to gain rights to Namatjira’s legacy. And at the end of 2017, they won.
Namatjira Project is a documentary chartering the family’s journey, which became part of the public force fighting for their justice. Witnessing this lengthy legal process, confronting the history of Australian race relations and celebrating the impact of Namatjira’s art, Namatjira Project is politically powerful and enlightening.
Join us for a Q&A on Friday 1 June with the producer Sophia Marinos and playwright Scott Ranking, who will join us on Skype from Australia, introduced and moderated by Dr Diana Young (University of Queensland).