First Peoples’ illustrations

by John posted July 12, 2013 category Art / Design, Culture, Illustration, Koorie, Theatre, Work

True to form it’s been a while since my last update, and there’s a lot I’ve been working on, or having fun with in the meantime.

I’ve just finished some illustration work, which is supplemental to my role as an educator and senior programs officer at Melbourne Museum. The work is to be part of the upcoming permanent ‘First Peoples’ exhibition, which in turn is part of Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where I work. The illustrations which number somewhere in the vicinity of 50, are to be found on a children’s touch table, highlighting a number of different aspects of Koorie culture. The title image for this post (eel trap) is among the many animal and plant illustrations, although those that will feature are line work, and aren’t fleshed out in full colour as seen with this piece.

I’ve been involved with another project as part of the redevelopment, but that’s still a long way from being finalized. I’ll post more on that once it’s come to fruition.

Another exciting aspect of my work at the moment is that I’m off to the U.S in October. I’ll be there to speak about the two Koorie themed theatre shows I’ve developed since I began my role at the museum, and I’ll be delivering a discussion piece (and be part of a similarly themed panel) around the concept, processes and goals. This will be delivered as part of the 2013 Global IMTAL Conference on October 6-10, to be held at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. I’ll post a lot more detail about this as the date draws near, and as my plans for the trip firm.

If you’ve any suggestions, my itinerary outside of the conference is based around visiting cultural institutions in New York, Washington D.C and Los Angeles, along with some personal sight-seeing in my down-time.

Copyright John patten 2013

Eel Trap

3 Responses to First Peoples’ illustrations

  1. Awesome artwork

  2. This peice is beautiful! Im finding it hard to look away…

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