In this episode, Adam and Budi speak with First Nations Indigenous artist Tiriki Onus. Tiriki Onus is the Senior Lecturer and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, Associate Dean (Indigenous) and Deputy Dean (Place) for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Melbourne University.
Tiriki graduated from the VCA in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Voice). He has performed at dozens of venues around Australia, as well as a series of engagements during his participation in Kwaya’s cross-cultural connections journey to Uganda in 2012. He spent ten years as a successful visual artist prior to attending the VCA, with work exhibited around Australia in venues such as Cooee Gallery, Bondi Beach, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, and the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, and Old Parliament House, Canberra. He has also worked as an art curator, conservator, theatre set producer, university lecturer, spokesman, and panelist. He was the Australian curator of the <rarrk>>: John Mawurndjul exhibition for Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland; a project which ran from 2003 to 2005.
Tiriki received the Harold Blair Opera Scholarship in 2012 and 2013 and became the University’s inaugural Hutchinson Indigenous Fellow in 2014. He is currently undertaking his Ph.D., Biganga: Mapping Paths Back to Knowing, focusing on the revival of ancient technologies and cultural safety through the medium of Possum Cloak making.
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