Conversations With Aboriginal Knowledge: Aboriginal Fire

A special event at the Public Programs Marquee, Royal Botanical Gardens

3-4pm Sunday 18 September 2016

Conversations With Aboriginal Knowledge contributes to the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project where Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones presents barrangal dyara (skin and bones), a vast sculptural installation stretching across 20,000 square-metres of the Royal Botanic Garden from 17 September – 3 October 2016. The project is Jones’ response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. Barrangal Dyara (skin and bones) includes talks, walks and activities.

Artist Jonathan Jones will be exhibiting his work barrangal dyara (skin and bones) in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Conversations With Aboriginal Knowledge – Australian Fire is the first of the three in-conversation sessions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian thinkers, where we draw out the common ground and points of distinction between two different perspectives. In this conversation, Oliver Costello and Stephen Muecke will explore Aboriginal culture and belief, focusing on the role of cultural fire and land management practices in Aboriginal history.

Oliver is from Bundjalung country, and leads an initiative which provides Indigenous leadership, advocacy and action to protect, conserve and enhance cultural and natural values. Stephen is a Professor of Ethnography at the University of New South Wales, focusing on Indigenous culture and philosophy. Together they will discuss their work, looking at both practice and theory. Like all good conversations, this intellectual adventure knows only its starting point, and will be a live exchange between our thinkers, around an important theme in Australian culture.

More information about the artist Jonathan Jones is available using this link

Conversations With Aboriginal Knowledge is produced by The School of Life for the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project.

This event is a free to the public as part of Kaldor Public Art Projects. No bookings are necessary.


Jonathan Jones’ work commemorates the traumatic loss of countless Aboriginal artefacts in the fire that consumed the 19th century Garden Palace.