EXPOSURE: Frances Belle Parker speaks with TV host Tony Albert at Grafton Regional Art Gallery. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
EXPOSURE: Frances Belle Parker speaks with TV host Tony Albert at Grafton Regional Art Gallery. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Top indigenous artist focus of NITV program

THE award-winning Clarence Valley artist Frances Belle Parker will be the subject of an upcoming episode of the highly regarded indigenous arts program Colour Theory.

The show's host for Series 3 Tony Albert and the crew were the Clarence last week to film a segment which will explore Frances' brilliant career so far as well as her hometown of Maclean and various other pockets of the Clarence relating to her story.

The series is featuring a range of indigenous artists from New South Wales for this series and Frances' episode will be the first of the half-hour programs to be aired mid-year on NITV and SBS4.

Host Tony Albert said Frances was a more than deserving subject to kick off the new series.

"Frances has something to say and an incredible story to tell so she well deserved her own half-hour show focussing on a career spanning 15 years. She won the prestigious Blake Prize (religious art), the youngest ever winner and first indigenous artist to do so. She is very underrated for the calibre of work she is practising," Mr Albert said.

Frances said she wondered how they knew about her when the production company first got in touch but was very honoured and excited to be featured on the program that will no doubt introduce her work to a whole new audience.

Frances and her mum, along with the crew, travelled to her ancestral home on Ulgundahi Island to film parts of the show as well as exploring the local Scottish and Indigenous histories of Maclean.

Mr Albert said Frances was very engaged with the community there so they spent a lot of time there to explore that facet of connection.

"She is championing to have her Yaegl language taught at the local public school there.

"We've been spending time with the local Aboriginal community here and got to know them very well in such a short time."

Colour Theory

The Colour Theory program looks at cutting edge and developing communities and collectives that are producing contemporary work that reflects the up-and-coming artistic development within the creative Indigenous community ... Artists and communities that until now, have had little exposure to a wider society. Presenting the work of various artists from each state and territory, Colour Theory demonstrates the incredible range of Indigenous artistic expression and practice. Featuring works in a variety of media, including painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, new media, photo media, printmaking installation, dance and music. Shot on location in the many beautiful and varied places around Australia, each half-hour episode will explore the artist's affiliation with their Gallery or Art Centre, their connection to their country and how their culture inspires their modern form of art.



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