You can tour Lisa Waup’s studio as part of the NGV’s Reconciliation Week program

Words by Isabelle Sacks

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We’ve been obsessed with award-winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup ever since her 2017 collaboration with celebrated Melbourne fashion designer Ingrid Verner, and now she’s welcoming us into her home studio as part of the NGV’s 2020 Reconciliation Week program.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has been working overtime to satisfy all your art-loving needs during this time, and this year’s Reconciliation Week will be no exception. Reconciliation Week 2020 runs from May 27 to June 3 and this year celebrates the theme ‘In this together’.

In support of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation, the NGV has curated a program of free virtual talks and interactive initiatives which can all be accessed from home.

Lisa Waup will virtually welcome viewers into her home studio on Wednesday June 3 at 6pm on the @NGVMelbourne page as part of the NGV’s live in-studio artist visit series, or on-demand on the NGV Channel on the NGV’s website. She’ll be discussing her practice which involves weaving and printmaking.

Using feathers and found objects Lisa creates woven vessels to represent her ancestral history and connection to country. During the live studio visit Lisa will be talking with NGV Curator of Indigenous Art, Hannah Presley about working in isolation and the changing nature of her role as Programs Coordinator at Mornington Indigenous art centre Baluk Arts to support artists during the pandemic.

The program also includes an introduction to the art of Kuku and Erub/Mer artist Destiny Deacon ahead of her exhibition Destiny opening later this year at the Ian Potter Centre. NGV Curator of Indigenous Art, Myles Russell-Cook will be in conversation with NGV Curator of Contemporary Art, Jane Devery on Monday June 1 from 5pm.

They’ll be introducing audiences to the life and work of one of Australia’s boldest and most acclaimed contemporary artists and discussing how Deacon uses tragedy and comedy in her art to make sense of the world around her. You can attend virtually here; no bookings are required.

Also taking place on Monday June 1 from 2pm is a conversation between Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce, Director of Melbourne architecture firm Edition Office, Aaron Roberts and NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture, Ewan McEoin on the @NGVMelbourne page, or on-demand on the NGV Channel.

They’ll be reflecting on Scarce and Edition Office’s collaborative architectural design titled In Absence 2019, the winner of the 2019 NGV Architecture Commission.

The collaborative project combines Scarce’s creative practice investigating the effects of colonisation on Indigenous people with Edition Office’s contemporary architectural strategies to create a structure that champions traditional Aboriginal design, agriculture, and engineering.

There are also interactive virtual programs designed for kids and teens available from May 27 – 29.

Take a look at the NGV website for more information on its Reconciliation Week 2020 program.


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