Jenny Fraser

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2014 News:

midden adelaide

Tallebudgera Shell, print on canvas

Saturday, 6th December 2014 at 4pm - 6pm at Boomalli Gallery, 55 Flood St, Leichardt, Sydney

A midden can be seen as a metaphor for collecting stories, exploring our beloved sea life, full of potential for sustenance and healing. We all have a story to add to the shell mound of healing, and as an artist, the aim is to creatively enhance, reframe, re-mix and disrupt forms of storytelling to create informative art experiences and new ways of working.


speaking at the Official Launch : : :
-> Superhighway across the Sky
October 22, 2014, 8pm at 401 Richmond St West, Toronto. For the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 15th anniversary.


Madeline Hodge : Good Medicine Documentary was preselected for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival and featured in 'Cinema Sisters' a womens screening program, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre in Toronto, 22 – 26 October. The short documentary had its international launch on the big screen with a touching ceremony of drumming songs beforehand, in a special tribute to Native American actress Misty Upham who had died tragically just weeks before.


unsettled featured in Digital Dreamtime for the 2014 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 15th anniversary.

cyberTribe is also marking the 15th anniversary of exhibitions and events and Digital Dreamtime has been shaped to showcase and enhance the local and national wealth of creative talent in the variety of artforms made by and for the screen in Australia.

healing with intent

spoke at the Healing Ways symposium at the Dax Centre in Melbourne, September 2014

GC forum

Madeline Hodge : Good Medicine will screen as part of The Gold Coast Indigenous Arts and Culture Forum - discussion panels of local and national artists, to create a vision to grow and develop Indigenous arts and culture on the Gold Coast. At Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Tuesday 19th August, from 9.30am - 5pm.


The Good Medicine series documentary titled Madeline Hodge has been shortlisted for the Understory Film Festival in Cairns and will screen on Saturday 19th July
...this new doco hasn't been screened publicly before so we're proud to say that its world premiere weekend will be in Far North Queensland, as it also screens at the SOLID SCREEN Festival the next day on Sunday 20th July at the remote location of Innot Hot Springs


presented a screenmakers retreat and festival !!!


Innot Hot Springs, Far North Queensland 2014.

Solid Ideas was an invitational symposium for Indigenous practitioners in a residential retreat environment and 'Solid Screen' is an International Indigenous Festival of the screen, open to the public. Solid Screen included a range of work from artists participating in the forum event that reflects upon the discussions and dialogue that 'Solid Ideas' will interrogate. The screening, like the forum, responds to important transformations that have reconfigured opportunities for experimental arts, remix and media practice, internationally, in recent times.

Within the programs streams of activity, we aim to deliver Indigenous specific screen components to allow opportunities for Indigenous screen artists and artsworkers to develop professionally, develop greater understanding of new media and inter-disciplinary practices, and gain critical feedback on personal projects.

The Far North of Australia has a great depth of Indigenous arts practice, with a prolific visual arts industry, and we wish to compliment this strength and provide opportunities and experiences for Indigenous practitioners to engage with other mediums for expression, and explore screen history in Television and Filmmaking. There are a also number of number of Indigenous artists already working in performance, installation, video and photography mediums

SOLID Awards info here

NTBM perth

'name that beach movie' new series II prints included in the group exhibition titled 'Yey Sussurus' at blend(er) gallery at Joondalup, Perth, Western Australia from June 30 - July 18

"The title comes from the Noongar word, yey, meaning now or today, and the English word susurrus, which means to whisper or murmur, as the wind whispers through long grass. These words, put together in this way, are a call to listen carefully, to the murmurings of the present time. They are suggestive of lost or hidden languages, incantations, sacred stories, lore, prayers, lullabies, and lover’s exchanges; all told in undertones, yet are nonetheless powerful and resonant messages. In the way that a seashell softly sings of the sea, artists tell of the Now.

Yey Sussurus is exhibited as part of the City of Joondalup’s NAIDOC week celebrations and features artworks by female indigenous artists who are working in innovative or daring ways or playing with traditional art forms or crafts, or extending their practise in new and experimental ways. The exhibition celebrates Indigenous Culture across Australia bringing together work from artists based in Tasmania, Queensland, Sydney as well as locally."

name that beach movie series II prints are also part of the midden project


Hollywood on the Gold Coast featured in the exhibition titled 'Sights from Sirens: 12 Aboriginal Women Photographers'.

Presented as part of the invitational JAALA Biennial in Japan, the exhibition was held at the Kawasaki City Museum, June 7-15, 2014.

The Aboriginal contribution to the Biennial was presented by cyberTribe and curated by Jenny Fraser, as a part of the 'midden' project and under the title of 'Sights from Sirens', the first large group survey of Aboriginal Women Photographers.

Hollywood on the Gold Coast 2012 ::: by Jenny Fraser

::: 'Hollywood on the Gold Coast' is the slogan used by the Movie World Theme Park, however the real film industry reflects the slogan all too well, with American co-productions so heavily being the focus, that local screen culture is barely existent.   The scene pictured here is very unusual. What you wont see at the Gold Coast is Aboriginal people in front of, or behind the camera on a film shoot.   It seems that America is not too distant from this scene at the Gold Coast - the suburb of 'Florida Gardens' is just across the river and 'Miami' and 'Palm Beach are not very far away.   Queensland tries hard to be America, but even in America, Indigenous people and other people of colour can engage in screen culture, which, as you can see here, we could make it a possibility.


midden at Tandanya for the Adelaide Festival 2014

The first installment of midden was a collaboration between Jenny Fraser and James Luna that was included in the 'four rooms' exhibition, and marked the 25th Anniversary of the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, as part of the 2014 Adelaide Festival in South Australia. The exhibition opened with a performance by James Luna on Tuesday 25th February at Tandanya, and run until Sunday April 6.

James Luna also spoke at the Allan Scott Auditorium, University of South Australia on the panel titled 'Re/generating contemporary practice' at as part of TURN, TURN, TURN Artists Week, from 1.30pm - 2.30pm on Sunday March 2nd.

midden website

facebook event invite

Four Rooms

Adelaide Festival Visual Arts Program

indigital perth

INDIGITAL Indigenous Digital Storytelling Symposium, Monday February 24, 2014, The University Club, U.W.A

Indigital is presented is presented by Perth International Arts Festival and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in partnership with the Department of Culture and the Arts and Screenwest and brings together Indigenous practitioners working across different artforms and creative industries, along with digital creatives interested in collaborations to help bring Indigenous stories to the world.

more info


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National Advisory Group for the Centre for Indigenous Story website development project. March 2014, Latrobe University, Melbourne.


Get the message? A new print series for the Black Rainbow exhibition at Boomalli Gallery in Sydney.

26 February - 28 of March 2014


2015 News:

cuppa time in the Boomalli Members Show 'Unity Solid and Deadly' at Boomalli Gallery, Flood St, Leichhardt, Sydney. Opened on Saturday July 11 and runs until August 16, 2015.

same old re-runs solo exhibition at Cell Art Space, Lake Street, Cairns for the month of July (closing early August) 2015. Open 24/7

inflation digital print on canvas donated to Boomalli Cooperative in Sydney for 300 Dollar Day fundraiser which opens on June 3 and runs until June 14, 2015

Odyssey 2015 part of a group exhibition titled 'Foxy Odyssey' for International Womens Day at Cell Art Space in Cairns. Saturday Feb 28 - March 2015.

The woman in this photo is Harriet Tomes - a Great Aunt of mine who lived in Cloncurry.

The print is 59 x 84 cm and the text says:


1: a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune

2: an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest

featured in imagineNATIVE 2014, a documentary by Spanish TV Show Metropolis

exhibiting a new work, Higher Love for the exhibition titled Our A-Gender, at Boomalli Cooperative in Sydney running from 18 February - 28 March 2015.


presenting a new animation titled Bunurong for Nature in the Dark II, launched first at the National Aquarium in Baltimore (in the U.S.A), January 29, 2015. Nature in the Dark II is a collaborative project between the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA).

video artwork Australienation will be included on a gold record of the 21st century and launched into outer space for Forever Now. The first launch for MOFO festival of Music and Art was held at the Odeon Theatre in Tasmania on Sunday January 18, 2015. Forever Now is a project presented by Aphids in Melbourne.


new appointment as of January 1, 2015 : Adjunct Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University