By Glenn Dormand
It was such a joy to hang out with Prof John Maynard last week to get a fascinating insight into the work of Joseph Lycett. John, a proud Worimi man wrote True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett’s Art and I can’t recommend it enough. It is full of Joseph Lycett’s Newcastle watercolours and show so many local landmarks with Aboriginal people living a traditional life in a time before cameras. Everyday this story grows.
Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) has the largest collection of Joseph Lycett painting in the world and Curator Sarah Johnson and Director Lauretta Morton opened up the vaults to this treasure trove for our Stories of Our Town project. They gave us some wonderful stories as well as showing Tony Whittaker and I such generous hospitality. I don’t want to jinx it but the story of a forger who preserved our local history might end up being our best film yet. Stay Tuned
Tony and I got to hang out with the wonderfully engaging John McPhee, who literally wrote the book on Joseph Lycett. Lycett was a forger/convict/artist/con-man and preseverer of history. John also had a bloody good view out his lounge room window, I love my job.
New film coming soon.
We thank everyone who is helping to make these films possible. They are beautiful works and we hope will inspire and bring joy to people as we collectively course our way through these challenging times.Documentaries available below
Signing off ’til our next update
Glenn Dormand – Collaborator, ‘Stories of Our Town Project’ aka Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab