Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton: Desert Country; and National Museum of Australia: Yiwarra Kuju

Dust from a distant sun

Brenda L. Croft


Desert Country
by Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton
Art Gallery of South Australia, $80 hb, 216 pp, 9781921668043


Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route
by National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia Press, $59 pb 255 pp, 9781876944780


During the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) held this August in far north Queensland, the city was buzzing with the visit of many of the country’s leading contributors to contemporary indigenous arts and culture. I ran into some of the most significant visual, performing and literary indigenous artists and arts professionals, many with hereditary links to the region, such as internationally renowned artists Vernon Ah Kee, Ken Thaiday Sr, and Daniel Boyd, and leading arts advocates, mingling with emerging artistic practitioners.

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Published in November 2010 no. 326
Brenda L. Croft

Brenda L. Croft

Brenda L. Croft is from the Gurindji/Malgnin/Mudpurra peoples from the Northern Territory and Anglo/Irish/German/Australian heritage. She has been involved in the arts and cultural sectors for more than a quarter of a century as an artist, arts administrator, curator, writer, academic, and consultant. Brenda has been awarded an ARC Discovery Indigenous Award and research grant for 2012 and is undertaking her PhD.

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