Since the recent ground swell of support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, there have been many artists and creatives in the Australian context, who have been advancing the work of the movement here, and lobbying for better life outcomes for aboriginal people, particularly the incarceration rates for aboriginal people.
Focusing particularly on our indigenous artists, who have been working to further the #BlackLivesMatter movement, here is a short list of artists who are passionate to see change and justice for Aboriginal people in Australia.
Artists (painters/leaders/illustratorstreet artist)
Amanda Westley (@amandaindigenousartist)
Nathan Patterson (Iluka Art and Design) – Painter
Michelle Possum Nungurrayi (Michelle Possum) -Painter
Yarli Creative (@yarli_creative) – Digital Illustrator
Winston Walford (Winston Walford) – Painter
Madawyn McCarthy (@madawynmccarthy) – Artist
Rehanna Coulthard (@yuraartu) – Artist
Allan Mckenzie – (Allan Mckenzie Aboriginal Art) - Artist/Artefact Maker
Patrice Mahoney OAM (@create1co) - Artist
Jordan Roser - Painter
Ronald Edwards Pepper – (Aboriginal Artist Ronald Edwards-Pepper) - Painter/Ceremony conductor/Community leader
Nerolie Blurton – (Nerolie’s Art) - Artist
Julie Dowling – (The Art of Julie Dowling) - Painter
Loretta Egan – (Loretta Egan’s Artwork) - Painter
Elizabeth Close – (Elizabeth Close Arts) - Painter/Street Artist
Jandamarra Cadd – (Jandamarra’s Art) - Artist/Speaker
Garry Purchase - (@garrypurchase_artist) - Artist
J.J Lane – (ArtistJJLane) - Painter
Daren Dunn – (@darendunnofficial) - Painter
Chern’ee Sutton – (@cherneesutton) - Painter
Lee Anthony Hampton - (The Black Door - Lee Hampton) - Painter
Danny Eastwood - (Danny Eastwood Art) - Painter
Some galleries and collectives have also been listed below that feature Aboriginal artists and represent them in a variety of mediums, as well as support the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Collectives (galleries, programs, organisations)
@warlayirti_artists – est. 1987 from Balgo, WA.
@thetorchvic – NFP organisation creating new pathways for Aboriginal and ex-offenders through art and cultural learning.
@walkatjara – Mutitjulu Community Art’s Centre owned and directed by Anangu.
@redkangaroogallery – Australian NSW Gallery representing Aboriginal artists with art shipped domestic and internationally.
@kateowengallery – Est. 2007 representing 250+ Aboriginal Australian artists.
@bush.magic.metal – supporting Indigenous creators in silversmithing and art.
@japingka_ - Art gallery representing Australian Aboriginal artists.
@deadly_denim_ - sustainable fashion support and representing First Nation artists.
@ausindigenousfashion – Australian Indigenous Fashion curated by @yatuwwidershunt.
@blakdotgallery - contemporary indigenous-run art gallery and performance space showcasing the artworks from global indigenous cultures.
These artists and galleries collectively all support the #BlackLivesMatter movement and expect improved outcomes for Australia's indigenous people.
Find out more at each organisation's socials linked above, research on their business and help out where you can. Collectively we can donate, buy from local businesses and push for more discussions on past and current injustices that's been brushed over.