Art + Soul

Like many lovers of Aboriginal art, I was riveted by the ABC two-part program Art and Soul.

Congratulations to Hetti Perkins, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, for producing such an honest, personal insight into aspects of Aboriginal life and Aborignal Art and culture.

While walking through a sacred site with two senior elders, Hetti described the rather illusive concept of “Tjukurpa” – or Dreamtime.

“Tjukurpa is a very complex term. I understand it as a series of narratives or stories that describe the travels and deeds of ancestral beings who created the land, our people and our culture, and it is very much part of the present”.

I know so many people who watched and loved the program – some of them quite unconnected to Aboriginal art, but who now feel that they understand and appreciate it a bit more, as a result of the series. Hopefully there will be more to come.