WEAPONS FOR the SOLDIER
Weapons For The Soldier- A Vincent Namatjira, Robert Fielding and Anwar Young Initiative
Robert Fielding (Mimili Maku Arts), Vincent Namatjira (Iwantja Arts) and Anwar Young (Tjala Arts) are three young arts leaders of the APY Lands. Committed artists in their respective communities they have each worked hard to secure a high profile within the Indigenous arts industry. In 2018, the men are inviting artists to work collaboratively toward their vision as they drive their first major curatorial project, Weapons For the Soldier – a major exhibition showcasing works by Indigenous and Non Indigenous artists that explore the themes of weaponry and warfare.
The Weapons for the Soldier project aims to provide a distinct examination of these themes that will give rise to a unique dialogue in which to explore and deepen our understanding of diverse perspectives on a shared history of struggle and survival. In particular, this project will allow young Anangu artists across the Lands to connect with Artists ‘off Country’ whose practice has served to inspire and excite them.
Weapons For the Soldier is a title used by senior artist Ray Ken and Robert, Vincent and Anwar are using this title with Ray’s support as they embark on this significant endeavour. The project will serve as an important opportunity to pay tribute to the senior artists of the Lands, the first APY soldiers: Ray Ken, Mick Wikilyiri, Alec Baker, Peter Mungkarai, Mamu Mike Willaims, Peppai Carrol, Keith Stevens and Ginger Wikilyiri, whose work will be celebrated in this innovative exhibition.
The exhibition will be launched at Hazelhurst Arts Centre in November 2018 before an extensive regional tour across the country in 2019.