TONY ALBERT: PAY ATTENTION TALK

6.00PM Wed 8 Aug 2018
QAG | Gallery 4 | Book Now

Tony Albert hosts a series of talks where he asks special guests to choose a pressing issue, story, or history that the nation needs to pay attention to, and show how this can be achieved through the arts.

In this instalment, hear from multi-award winning Goorie writer Melissa Lucashenko.

The series draws on Albert’s 50-metre-long text installation Pay Attention 2009-10, included in ‘Tony Albert: Visible’. Albert enlisted 26 Aboriginal artists, from rappers to graphic artists to painters and sculptors, to contribute one letter to the installation. The collaborative statement demands audiences to pay attention to these Indigenous artists, their work, their stories and their histories.

Melissa Lucashenko is a multi-award winning Goorie novelist, essayist and poet who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. Her most recent novel, Mullumbimby, was awarded the Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the Victorian Premiers Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was longlisted for both the Stella and Miles Franklin awards as well as the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize 2015. Melissa was awarded the 2016 CAL Fellowship to work on her new (2018) novel, Too Much Lip. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, as well as a founding member of the prisoner’s human rights group, Sisters Inside. She writes passionately about ordinary people and the extraordinary lives they lead.