Australiyaniality : 3 - 25 November 2018 @ no.10


exploring Australian identity and wellbeing

Australiyaniality is an ambitious and relevant project, the beginning of an artist movement for change. It is creating a platform for the conversations that need to be had to make our country a better place, a place that delivers well-being of mind, body and spirit to all Australians.

Australia's Untold History

Many Australians today know little about the history of their nation. This lack of knowledge contributes to discord and unsettled relationships within our country. It is time to address the past in order to create a better future, not only for ourselves but for generations to come. The interest and urgency in this conversation is apparent in Australia Day's date being challenged and discussed, and there is a proposal for a Makarrata regarding the lack of an Australian treaty. It is time for discussion and debate about where we are at as a nation and where we want to be.


A better Aussie identity

Australiyaniality aims to explore Australia's wellbeing. The key word liyan is a Yawuru word that relates to Aboriginal peoples' view of their wellbeing. It is about the way they feel about themselves and relationship with their community.


27 Artists have come together from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds to interrogate their own Australian identity and explore what a better Australian identity would look like. Can it be re-shaped? What is good? What needs to change? What is our collective liyan? How do we materialise all of this into real action?


Matt McVeigh and Curtis Taylor lead artists. Brook Andrew, Kam Bin Salleh, Beni Bjah, Lyle Branson, Tim Burns, Paul Caporn, Olga Cironis, Matt Crock, Peter Docker, Sohan Ariel Hayes, Sandra Hill, Michael Leslie, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Jacob Lehrer, Wes Maselli, Kyle Morrison, Matthew McAlpine, Minaxi May, Martine Perret, Matt Pitcher, Ben Pushman, Mei Saraswati, Roly Skender, Poppy van Oorde Granger, Michael Torres, Katie West, Ian Wilkes, Jason Wing, Anne Zahalka.

Associated Events

3 November     9.30 – 12.00  Speakers morning : Elders and Artists FREE Register by 31 Oct

Yawuru elders Jimmy Edgar and Susie Gilbert, with Rosemary Coffin, will be talking with us about the meaning of Liyan and their role in the project. We will be doing a walkabout of the exhibition with individual artists talking about their works. Artists speaking include - Matt McVeigh, Curtis Taylor, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa,  Roly Skender, Mei Saraswati, Minaxi May, Wes Maselli, Michael Torres, Jason Wing, Kam Bin Salleh, Jacob Lehrer and Martine Perret. Morning facilitated by Sharon Tassicker. Morning tea will be provided.

RSVP essential for catering purposes :  Tel: 6217 2640 or  Email:

10 November   9.30 – 12.00  Speakers morning : Art and Appropriation FREE Register by 9 Nov

This discussion considers the ongoing relevance of appropriation, questions of authority, agency, ownership and permissions in the dialogue of indigenous art and in the intersections between indigenous and non-indigenous art. Speakers include Louise Morrison, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Sharon Egan, Curtis Taylor, Matthew McVeigh and Dunja Rmandic.

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17 November   9.30 – 4.30  Day of Ideas : Renovation of a Nation - To register click HERE 

18 November   12.30 – 5.30  Community Event : Smith’s Lake Wishing Tree and Yarning about Liyan - FREE : no registration - click HERE for programme

The Backlot Perth Film Program

3, 4, 10 & 11 November 

How could you not be involved? If you haven't done so already, check out the link, hop on board and encourage everyone you know to do the same. 

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For interviews, further information and images available for reproduction, contact Sharon Tassicker, mob. 0439 392 635 or email


Holmes à Court Gallery @ no.10

10 Douglas Street, West Perth

Exhibition Hours :  12pm - 6pm Tues - Fri  |  Sun 12 - 6pm

Ph. 6217 2640 .  Fx. 6217 2645

Top Image Credit: Original work by Marty McFly, Fremantle.