Film screening and commission viewing: Namatjira Project

event date: 
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Join us at WAG for a showing of Big hART's film, the Namatjira Project. The film documents the extraordinary first-hand account of the international battle to reclaim the artwork and heritage of one of Australia's most important Indigenous figures: Albert Namatjira. 

A newly commissioned portrait of Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira by Albert‘s great grandson, Vincent Namatjira, will also be available for viewing. Rex Battarbee was a Warrnambool-born watercolourist who introduced Albert Namatjira to painting at Hermannsburg in the mid-1930s. This commission has been made possible with the generous support of The Robert Salzer Acquisition Fund and the Isobel and David Jones Family Foundation, through the Warrnambool Art Gallery Foundation, 2017.

+ This is a free event but spaces are strictly limited to 25 seats

+ No reservations, just turn up on the day

+ Wheelchair accessible

+ Rated M for occasional coarse language

Namatjira Project

From the remote Australian desert to the opulence of Buckingham Palace – this is the iconic story of the Namatjira family, tracing their quest for justice. Albert Namatjira was a man caught between cultures – paraded as a great Australian, whilst treated with contempt. He was the first Indigenous person to be made a citizen by the Australian Government. The founder of the Indigenous art movement in Australia, his artworks gave many Australians their first glimpses into the outback heart of the country. He was widely celebrated, exhibited globally, and introduced to Queen Elizabeth. In 1957 he was imprisoned for something he didn’t do, and in 1959 he died, a broken man. In 1983 the Government sold the copyright to his artworks to an art dealer. Today his family fight for survival, justice and to regain their grandfather’s copyright. This is one of Australia’s most potent stories – illuminating the relationship between Indigenous and non- Indigenous people today, in Australia and globally.