Courting Blakness at University of Queensland


Update: You can view our Storify of this event here:

A new event is coming to Brisbane in September that many of you may be able participate in, giving you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues. Between September 5 and 28 the Great Court (at UQ’s St Lucia campus) will provide a staging platform for public discussions about the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and institutions of higher learning.

Academic experts in art, architecture, history, cultural studies, politics, education, literature, Indigenous knowledge and law, as well as artists and key art industry figures are coming to the University of Queensland from all over Australia.

Courting Blakness is almost a festival, that has a range of different activities that you can participate in. Events include –

  1. A public installation of Artworks in the Great Court at the University of Queensland
  2. A symposium on 5th and 6th September
  3. Screenings of multimedia installations on sandstone carvings (on the 6th of September from 6pm throughout the exhibition period.
  4. School visits to view the artworks
  5. A Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty museums and heritage day on the 20th of September where Fiona Foley and the artists will further discuss their works. Together, as members of eight themed panels, they will address questions raised by works in Courting Blakness – a public installation of eight cutting edge artworks in the heart of the UQ campus curated by Adjunct Professor Fiona Foley. Fiona Foley is a leading Australian artist and recipient of the 2013 Australia Council Award for the artist of the year.  To find out more details, see

Artists involved include: Archie Moore, Karla Dickens, Christian Thompson, Ryan Presley, Natalie Harkin, Michael Cook, r e a and Megan Cope.

Direct all inquiries to Dr Catherine Lawrence and Dr Fiona Nicoll

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Image Credit: Image by Archie Moore.