D Days
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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
Longines Time
April 4 to 15 2018
  • Mon 9 Apr 2018

    Wed 11 Apr 2018
  • Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
Visual Arts

Embassy | Richard Bell (AUS)

Reflect, engage and join the conversation. This thought-provoking installation pays homage to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy – the world’s longest running protest.

The original Embassy was first assembled in 1972 by activists on the lawn of Parliament House, Canberra. To this day, the Embassy continues to bring issues of land rights and other issues to the forefront of Australian politics.

Embassy Program

Day one - Monday 9 April

9am - TENT talk 
Clinton Brewer and Dr Eleanor Crosby 

Dr Crosby holds a PhD from the Australian National University, and
undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Auckland. Since 1986 Dr Crosby has been working with the Indigenous people of the Gold Coast and other nearby parts of southeast Queensland. In this talk she joins Clinton Brewer, Traditional Owner and Kombumerri man, to yarn about the unique cultural history embedded in the landscape of the Gold Coast.

10am - Film screening
Welcome to Country (15 mins)

When a hot shot public servant is sent to a remote Aboriginal community to prepare for the Prime Minister’s visit, he quickly learns the true meaning of Welcome to Country. A Bacon Factory film and Bent3Land production, developed and produced with the assistance of Screen Queensland. 

1pm - TENT talk
Mundanara Bayles

Mundanara’s cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu on her father’s side. Coming from a family that has been active in the Aboriginal movement since the 60s and 70s she continues to follow their example. Mundanara is the Managing Director role at BlackCard which provides training and consultancy services to enable people and organisations to work effectively with members of the Aboriginal community. 

2pm - Film screening
The Whole World Is Watching (25 mins)

Produced to mobilise support for Aboriginal people who were organising peaceful protests at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games held between 30 September and 9 October 1982. The video sets out to explain the situation of Blacks in Australia, with the main emphasis on Queensland, and relates this to the work of Aboriginal activists in mobilising opposition to the Games. Aboriginal people saw the Brisbane Games as providing an opportunity to expose racism in Australia to the rest of the world.

3pm - TENT talk
Bogaine Spearim

Bogaine ‘Boe’ Spearim was born in Blacktown, NSW and spent most of his childhood growing up in Western Sydney before relocating to Brisbane, where his father taught him about identity through dance, song and connection to his Gamilaraay country. Since moving back to Brisbane, Boe has become heavily involved with the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE), which has deepened his understanding of the issues Indigenous Australians face today and ignited a desire to speak out about these struggles.

4pm - TENT talk
Dr Aunty Mary Graham

Dr Mary Graham was born in Brisbane and grew up on the Gold Coast. She is a Kombu-merri woman and is also affiliated with the Waka Waka group through her mother. She has lectured and tutored on Aboriginal history, politics, and comparative philosophy at the University of Queensland and at other educational institutions around the country. Aunty Mary is a part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games RAP Indigenous Working Group (IWG) that was formed to drive the development as it relates to the Gold Coast region. 

Day 2 - Tuesday 10 April 

9am - Screening
Colour Theory, Series 1

Ranked amongst the top 50 of Australia’s “most collectable artists”, and self-proclaimed ‘show-off’, Richard Bell presents an eight-part art series, capturing the stories of contemporary Aboriginal artists. 
Ep. 1. Jake Nash, set designer for Bangarra Dance company. (26 mins)
Ep 2. Yvonnie Scarce, glass sculptor (25 mins)
Ep. 3. Warwick Thornton, film maker (25 mins)
Ep. 4. Nici Cumpston, photographer (24 mins)

10am - TENT talk
Maureen Newton

Aunty Maureen is not a traditional owner on the Gold Coast but has resided here for a long time. Her Aboriginal mum is from the Bunya Mountains of Wakka Wakka mob, and her father was originally from Vanuatu and came to Queensland through blackbirding. Aunty Maureen has many facinating stories from her childhood, as she grew up as an Aboriginal girl in Surfers Paradise in the 50s and 60s. She is also an active community member and has been involved in many community project in recent times. 

11am - Screening
Stingray Sisters (Episodes 1-3, 80 mins)

A dramatic documentary set in a remote community. This eye-opening film will give audiences unparalleled access to life in a remote Indigenous community, through the lens of three contemporary sisters. Noni, Alice and Grace Eather are navigating their twenties while moving, as they always have, between two cultures and two homes. Join the Eather sisters and their family as they prepare to take on their biggest battle yet. Filmmakers are Katrina Channells and Bridget O'Shea of YARN productions.

1pm - TENT talk
Grace Eather 

Join Grace Eather, one of the Stingray Sisters, as she speaks about making the documentary series. Raised in Brisbane, QLD, Grace and her sisters returned to the remote Aboriginal community of Maningrida in Arnhem Land, NT to save their mother’s sacred waters from desecration. Listen to the unique story of walking between two worlds and establishing the Protect Arnhem Land campaign.

3pm - Film screening
Zac’s Ceremony

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for Zach who is rapidly making the transition from boyhood to manhood, in both the modern world and his Australian Aboriginal ancient culture. Pressures from his loving, but staunch father, the temptations of city life and the ever-present spectre of racism all take their toll. Ultimately Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors and awaken the warrior within.

4.30pm - TENT talk
Alec Doomadgee

Alec is a Waanyi, Garawa and Gangalidda man from the Aboriginal community of Doomadgee in the Gulf of Carpentaria QLD. He was born and raised on the Waanyi/Garawa Country with his extended family. Alec is a renowned radio presenter, actor and the creator and producer of the feature documentary called “Zach's Ceremony”. Alec will be talking about the journey he went to capture his son’s rites of passage. 

Day 3 - Wednesday 11 April

9am - Screening
Colour Theory, Series 1

Ranked amongst the top 50 of Australia’s “most collectable artists”, and self-proclaimed ‘show-off’, Richard Bell presents an eight part art series, capturing the stories of contemporary Aboriginal artists. 
Ep 5. Reko Rennie, graffiti / street art (25 mins)
Ep. 6. Archie Moore, multi-disciplinary artist and musician (24 mins)
Ep 7. Vicki West, weaver of sea kelp (25 mins)
Ep. 8 Tony Albert, re-appropriations of kitsch 'Aboriginalia' (25 mins)

10am - TENT talk
Aunty Robyn and Michaela Williams

Aunty Robyn and her niece Michaela are Mulingali of the Yugambeh language region and Traditional Owners.  They are direct descendants of Bilin Bilin, also known as Jack Logan, or King of the Logan and Pimpama. They both have extensive experience in the education sector and are passionate about teaching the community and sharing stories. Through oral history and cultural tutoring, they are building a future of empathy and recognition for Aboriginal people by instilling these values in our young people.   

11am - TENT talk
Elisa Jane Carmichael 

Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Elisa is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Elisa is a visual artist and she explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage. Elisa has Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art and a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion by Research at the Queensland University of Technology. Affectionately known as ‘Leecee’ to her nearest and dearest, she works in array of colours and materials weaving her family’s connection to country through paints and fibres.

1pm - TENT talk
Tristan Schultz

Tristan Schultz is a proud Kamilaroi man and is based on the Gold Coast. He is an Australian designer/strategist and Co-Director of Relative Creative; a company that designs experiences and events that help people think, talk and mobilise their futures. Tristan will talk us through his recent See Change Sand Tracks project and reflect on the community engagement and conversational trends through the future mapping activity. 

3pm - TENT talk
Teila Watson aka Ancestress

Multidisciplinary artist, Teila Watsons is a Birri Gubba and Kungalu Murri woman. An established performing artist – singer, poet and lyricist known as ‘Ancestress’ Teila is also a writer, actor and youth arts professional. Her art practice revolves around: climate change; sustainability, intellectual continuation of First Nations ontologies and the impact of First Nations knowledges and practice on country and people; therefore the importance of Land Rights and First Nations sovereignty, if there is to be a safe and healthy future.

4pm - TENT talk 
Hannah Gutchen

Hannah Gutchen is a proud Torres Strait Islander belonging to the Zagareb people and is also of Jewish ancestry. Throughout her upbringing, her parents ensured the passing on of Torres Strait Island traditions, instilling the importance of culture. Her current weaving practice explores contemporary adornments, garments and diverse cultural objects that embody storytelling and continue Traditional Torres Strait Islander fibre work. Hannah will be talking about the importance of self-sovereignty. 

Mon 9 Apr 2018 — Wed 11 Apr 2018
Mon 9 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tue 10 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wed 11 Apr, 09:00am - 06:00pm
Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

-28.028072, 153.4343613

Old Burleigh Road
Broadbeach QLD 4218

Accessibility information

Wheelchair accessible.

Please refer to the detailed event information on the left for event-specific details on performances for The Whale’s Tale, The Lost Lending Library, Welcome to Sameville, Emil and the Detectives and The Listies Go For Bronze with Auslan translation.


Images courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Presenting partner of Broadbeach