Making the Invisible Visible - Sir John Monash Lecture 2020

Making the Invisible Visible - Sir John Monash Lecture 2020

  • 27 November 2020, 7–8.30pm
  • Webinar
  • Free, all welcome

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Join the City of Monash for their annual Sir John Monash Lecture to hear an exciting panel discussion on Indigenous Country and culture through the prism of contemporary art, design and architecture practices.

Panel members will discuss their individual practices and their shared interest in revealing the layers of history and memory that reside in place through Indigenous art and design action.


Dr Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang Nation from the Murray Goulburn area in South Eastern Australia.  In 2020 she was commissioned by the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) to create a photographic installation, for her ongoing ‘Undercurrent’ series, for the group exhibition ‘Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind’. She created a photographic installation exploring the erasure of Indigenous sites of significance within Country of Baluk willam of the Woi wurrung and the Nguruk willam of the Boon wurrung. During 2020 Clancy's work has been exhibited in the group exhibition 'The Burning World' as part of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography at Bendigo Art Gallery. In 2018 she was awarded the inaugural Fostering Koorie Art and Culture grant from the Koorie Heritage Trust. For this project she collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to create a body of work ‘Undercurrent’ to investigate an unmarked massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. The massacre site is submerged underwater, seeing this as a metaphor for the denial of Aboriginal massacres in Australia amongst the general populous. During 2019 ‘Undercurrent’ was exhibited at the Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery, Melbourne, and the group exhibitions ‘The National 2019 - New Australian Art’, Art Gallery of NSW curated by Isobel Parker Philip and ‘Capital’, National Centre for Photography, Ballarat for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, curated by Naomi Cass and Gareth Syvret. Peta Clancy is a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Department, Faculty of Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University.

Dr Brian Martin is a descendant of Bundjalung, MurraWarri and Kamilaroi peoples and has been a practising artist for 27 years exhibiting in the media of painting and drawing. His research and practice focus on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to Country. His work has been recognised in various art prizes and is held in various private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. His publication history has investigated the relationship of materialism in the arts to an Indigenous worldview and Aboriginal knowledge framework and epistemology. He has further reconfigured understandings of culture and visual practice from an Aboriginal perspective. Brian is the inaugural Associate Dean Indigenous in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University, where he leads the Wominjeka Djeembana research lab and is honorary professor of Eminence with Centurion University of Technology and Management in Odisha, India. He is represented by William Mora Galleries, Richmond.

Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan|Kamilaroi) is the founding Director of the award winning practice - Greenaway Architects (est. 1998), a University of Melbourne senior academic of two decades standing, and a regular design commentator on ABC Radio Melbourne. He has championed Indigenous-led design thinking for over 25 years as a registered architect in NSW and VIC, including as co-founder of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria (not-for-profit), as co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter, and as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Network). He is a founding signatory of Architects Declare Australia, an initiative foregrounding architecture’s role in tackling the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, is co-curator (with Tristan Wong) of the Australian exhibition at La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2020/21 and was recently included in the Qantas 100 Inspiring Australians and was honoured to be inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) 2020 ‘Hall of Fame’ signifying an outstanding body of work, contribution to Australian design and/or achievement in furthering the profession. His projects include the Koorie Heritage Trust, the Lowitja Institute and the award winning Ngarara Place.


Rhoda Roberts AO is a member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda Roberts heads First Nations Programming for the Sydney Opera House, is Festival Director of the Boomerang Festival / Bluesfest and Creative Director of the Parrtjima Festival (NT).

A much awarded arts executive, Rhoda received an Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the performing arts, leadership, advocacy and promoting contemporary Indigenous culture. In 2019, she was recognised with a Ros Bower Award from the Australia Council; in 2018, she received the Helpman Award - The Sue Nattrass Award; in 1998 she received a Deadly Award for Broadcasting; and in 1997, she was recognised with a Sidney Myer Facilitators award.

She currently conducts Rhoda Roberts Cultural Retreats and as a playwright her recent production Natives Go Wild was staged at the Sydney Opera House in 2019. She is currently writing the new production The Indigenous World Art Orchestra. Rhoda currently sits on the boards of Welcome to, Northern Rivers Performing Arts and Screenworks.