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Truth-telling and the limits of legal systems

Lecture: Truth-telling in relation to the youth detention by Professor Thalia Anthony,

followed by Artist's talk: I See Red by Lee Harrop

Friday 6 August 2021
10.30am - 12noon
Location: CDU Art Gallery
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Professor Thalia Antony   

The 2016-17 Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Young People in the Northern Territory promised to be a watershed moment for truth-telling in relation to the youth detention system and affiliated carceral regimes. There was hope that the systems and individuals responsible for torture inflicted on young people in detention – including the use of spit hoods, tear gas, physical attacks, mechanical restraint chairs and indefinite segregation– would be held to account. This presentation examines how the Royal Commission processes and adversarial stance of the Northern Territory Government limited the scope of truth-telling and precluded justice. The evidence of Aboriginal witnesses that pointed to the need for self-determination of Aboriginal families and communities, and decarceration of Aboriginal children, was overshadowed with a set of narrow recommendations and even more constrained government responses. This presentation argues that truth-telling requires spaces in which Aboriginal people design the process and oversee implementation of recommendations.

Thalia Anthony is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology Sydney; who lives and works on the stolen land of the Gadigal people. Her research focuses on the colonial legacy and
systemic racism in legal and penal institutions, with a focus on the Northern Territory. Her books 
Indigenous People, Crime and Punishment and Decolonising Criminology highlight the harms that flow from state punishment on Aboriginal people. She works with Deadly Connections and Aboriginal Legal Services to further self-determination. Thalia recently campaigned against the draconian bail laws that disproportionately incarcerate Aboriginal kids in the Northern Territory.

Artist’s talk: I See Red by Lee Harrop

Image: Artist’s impression of <i>I see red</i>, Image copyright and courtesy of Lee Harrop.
I See Red was commissioned by the City of Perth, Western Australia as a public artwork in 2015. However, it was decommissioned after permission to install the work was denied by the sitting judges of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. In the process of examining what ultimately led to the decommission, much was revealed about the power of art and how it can be used in the process of truth-telling.

Lee Harrop is a PhD candidate at Charles Darwin University undertaking practice-led research. Harrop’s artwork is wordfocused and context-specific. Her recent artworks offer a representation of mining that can be considered alongside the wider global discourse about mining and its environmental impact.

Ursula Raymond, the Deputy Treaty Commissioner for the NT, will facilitate the Q&A following the lecture and presentation. Ursula Raymond was born and raised in Darwin on Larrakia country and has cultural connections through to Kakadu (NT), Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay in Far North Queensland), and the Torres Strait Islands (particularly Horn Island and Thursday Island). Following a career in media and as a media, policy and political adviser at in Federal and Territory parliaments she joined the Northern Territory Treaty Commission.

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Important update

Important update

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contact tracing at CDU covid

Effective by 30 November 2020, in compliance with the NTG Health announcement for the implementation of contract tracing CDU is implementing a contact tracing check-in system via a QR code in identified areas of the University. 

The CDU Art Gallery has a poster with a QR code on display at the entry point. We encourage CDU Art Gallery visitors to start using the contact tracing check-in system before 30 November when it will be mandatory.

If you are unable to completely check-in via the QR code, you are required to use the paper- based alternative provided by CDU Art Gallery staff. Entry to an area requiring contact tracing will be denied if you refuse to provide contact details or provide incorrect information. 

Customer contact details will be recorded and kept securely for 28 days after which all information will be destroyed using appropriate processes. The privacy of information and records management are in accordance with legislative and government requirements. 

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Public Program - Bitumen & Dirt Wayne Eager, 30 years in the Territory

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Saturday 24 October at 11am

Join us at the CDU Art Gallery with Alice Springs-based artist Wayne Eager and Acting Curator Kellie Joswig in discussing Eager's survey exhibition 'Bitumen & Dirt - Wayne Eager, 30 years in the Territory'

CDU Media Release - Salon des Refusés 2020

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Salon exhibition to showcase Indigenous artwork

The Charles Darwin University Art Gallery will celebrate five years of hosting The Salon des Refusés exhibition this month, marking the occasion with a tribute to past entries.

The iconic companion event to the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) has grown in prominence since its inception in 2013, and will open on 5 August.

CDU Art Gallery Curator Kellie Joswig said the exhibition, which features art works not selected for NATSIAA, had become a must-see event on the Darwin visual arts calendar.

“The exhibition will be slightly smaller this year due to COVID-19, but we are excited to showcase the enormous talent on offer,” she said. “We have social distancing measures in place and sanitiser on hand for visitors.” 


CDU Media Release - PLACE: Celebrating 10 years at CDU Art Gallery

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PLACE is an exhibition that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Charles Darwin University Art Gallery and is a celebration of the gallery reopening after a forced COVID-19 closure. 

The exhibition features 40 works acquired by the CDU Art Collection over the past 10 years.

Curator Kellie Joswig said the PLACE exhibition was “delightfully eclectic” and was a testament to artists from Australia and Timor-Leste and their painted, sculptural, ceramic and multi-media works.

Continue reading the media release here.

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