Black Rainbow

The newly established Black Rainbow is a foundation to support Indigenous LGBTI Australians.

They are the ONLY Indigenous suicide prevention and mental health support source for Indigenous LGBTI Australians. They currently have a crowd-funding campaign running to create a National Leadership Group, attend a workshop at the World Congress of International Assoc for Suicide Prevention later this year, and a whole of other activities, including development and roll out of workshops around the country. This is valuable work that needs to be done. Suicide is a social-justice issue, and it’s an issue that impacts all our families.

Can you assist Black Rainbow’s work? Even the smallest contribution would make a difference.

Click here to start some good: 

(If you are unable to contribute financially, please share this link amongst your networks so that we can get the word out there as soon as possible.)

RIP Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett passed away a week ago. Tonight was to be his exhibition opening at Milani Gallery. Today, and for the next two weeks, the walls will be bare.

Please support IndigenousX

I made a video, please support the growth and development of IndigenousX.

Support the Resale Royalty Scheme

Poster from Right Now Exhibition 2014

Last week when I was in Sydney, LisaB and I headed to the opening night of the RightNow exhibition at Boomalli, in Leichhardt.

Resale Royalties provide a a small royalty payment to individual artists when the artwork is re-sold. The amount of the royalty is only 5%. While for many artists it won’t be a huge “payout”, for others it will provide a small payment each year that will assist them to live and/or keep making artworks. In the case of deceased estates, will provide for the families of artists.

There are very few living visual artists who are well off. When you forgo a steady professional job to become a full-time practising artist, your life (ie. your bank balance) is full of peaks and troughs. This impacts on one’s ability to pay a mortgage, provide for one’s family and children, and plan for the future. It also makes things like superannuation a privilege that other people have. It’s difficult to build the kind of generational wealth that capitalism thrives on, when you’re sometimes earn barely $18,000 per annum.

That’s why Resale Royalties are so important. They are also important for many Aboriginal artists. Many artworks by Aboriginal people increased ten fold in price when resold years later. Without resale royalties, any benefit derived from the resale goes to predominantly White Gallery Owners and their White Buyers.

Other types of artists receive royalty payments of some kind – songwriters, writers, costume and set designers etc.

Yet while many of us feel that Resale Royalties are important, the current government does not. They are proposing to do away with them, and some influential gallery owners agree with them.

What can you do to support the work of Australian visual artists?

#iXchat each Wednesday

It might seem strange given that you can only send 146 characters at a time, but it turns out that Twitter is a pretty awesome tool for “chats”. A Tweet-Chat is an organised discussion around a specific issue or topic. In education there are #ozengchat #blacked chats etc.

A few months ago educator Luke Pearson started #iXchat*. Each Wednesday you can join in the discussion (or happily lurk) at 8.30pm (NSW time during summer). Last week’s discussion around Indigenous education issues was so good, nobody noticed that an hour had passed.

#iXchat is an opportunity for teachers to learn and discuss issues. It’s PD for free.FYI: I use TweetChat as a good way to keep up with the conversation. Log in using your Twitter Account, throw in the hashtag you want to follow, tweet away and TweetChat adds the hashtag for you.

Hope to see you there.
Cheers, Leesa

*The iX for the uninitiated means Indigenous Excellence. IndigenousX was first a hashtag on Twitter (tweeting good news stories) and eventually turned into a Twitter account of its own. It is run by Luke, and each week a different Indigenous person tweets from it.
** Sadly, I won’t be there tonight as it’s the first P&C meeting for 2013 at Aviation High and I have to take minutes.