Timmah Ball is a writer, urban planner and occasional artist. She combines these skills to discuss important issues facing cities and how we can learn from First Nations’ cultural perspectives to create resilient futures. In 2017 she performed Last stone Left as part of Yirramboi Festival with dancer and choreographer Raina Peterson. It was performed in front of one of the last remaining precolonial rock faces in Melbourne’s CBD in Sargood Lane. You can read more about this unique aspect of Melbourne and other important stories in the Urban Beat.
In this edition, Timmah reflects on the hidden cultural and environmental layers of cities beneath the built environment and talks to artists, researchers and architects to learn how leading Aboriginal creatives from across the country are creating change and sharing truths in exciting projects. Through interviews, poetry and articles, contributors discuss issues of Sovereignty and steps we will need to take as Treaty discussions begin. Engage with Josh Muir’s self portraits and Jeanine Leane’s poetry, hear from architect Kevin O’Brien and co-chair of CAUL Hub’s Indigenous Advisory Group Maddison Miller, and enjoy interviews with researcher Zena Cumpston, artistic director Eva Grace Mullaley and writer/radio presenter Angelina Hurley.
The Urban Beat also provides an update on two major CAUL Hub outputs which are creating pathways for change: The Living Pavilion and 3 Category Workbook. These projects demonstrate both the importance and strength of collaborative research and Indigenous knowledge systems. Download the 2019 NAIDOC Urban Beat here.
The edition becomes a vital companion to this years National NAIDOC themes – Voice, Treaty, Truth.
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Featured image: A section of Josh Muir’s banner artwork, featured in the 2019 NAIDOC Urban Beat.