Richard Bell: Embassy

Richard Bell, 'Embassy', 2013–ongoing, canvas tent with annex, aluminium frame, rope and screens; synthetic polymer paint on board, 320 x 500 x 600 cm; four boards: 60 x 180 cm; 90 x 120 cm; 90 x 90 cm; 180 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. This version was created for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photograph: Document Photography
Richard Bell, Embassy, 2013–ongoing, canvas tent with annex, aluminium frame, rope and screens; synthetic polymer paint on board, 320 x 500 x 600 cm; four boards: 60 x 180 cm; 90 x 120 cm; 90 x 90 cm; 180 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. This version was created for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Photograph: Document Photography

During the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Richard Bell presents a new iteration of Embassy, a restaging of and homage to the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy. The world’s longest-running protest – first assembled by activists on the lawn of Parliament House, Canberra, in 1972 – continues to bring issues of Indigenous health, housing and land rights to the forefront of Australian politics to this day. Bell’s latest iteration of Embassy serves as the setting for a series of screenings and talks with special guests, including Gary Foley, Jenny Munro and Lyall Munro Jnr.

Program

Next Generation Speaks as part of Richard Bell’s Embassy
Thursday, 12 May 2016
5.30–8 pm

Kids from Redfern and Waterloo in conversation with Lorna Munro about their experiences as the generation growing up with the Redfern Tent Embassy.

Followed by poetry readings with Jenny Munro, Lorna Munro and performances by MC Felon and MC Provocalz

Black Experience Tour
Friday, 13 May 2016
From 3 pm

A concept by Angeline Penrith led by Lorna Munro

Meet at Richard Bell’s Embassy on the Forecourt of the MCA and join a walk led by Lorna Munro to Old Parliament House.

Workshops and talks by Nakkiah Lui, Angeline Penrith and Jenny Munro from 2:00 PM.

Tour departs MCA Forecourt at 3 pm.

Location

MCA Forecourt