Throughout Shields the Museum is holding activities, talks and children's programs that are inspired by the content of the exhibition.
Curator's talk - Shields in Aboriginal Australia with Dr Philip Jones
Cost: Free, bookings essential
Join Dr Philip Jones, the curator of Shields: power and protection in Aboriginal Australia, as he explores the significance of shields as a weapon and as an emblem of identity. Focusing on pre-European and contact periods and drawing upon archival sources and Museum's own collection, Dr Jones will touch on the universal characteristics of shields, as expressed across world cultures and throughout history.
The talk will also explore the effects of the European colonisation of Australia on the production and use of Aboriginal shields, with examples from the battle-field and the ceremonial ground as well as more recent examples which highlight the contexts of cultural revival, reconstitution, reenactment and exhibition.
Spectroscopic views into the past: Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian pigments at the South Australian Museum
Dr Rachel Popelka-Filcoff - AINSE Senior Research Fellow in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Flinders University
Tuesday, 5 April at 6-7pm
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, but bookings are essential
Aboriginal Australians have been using ochre and other natural mineral pigments for a variety of cultural practices including rock art, body decoration and decorating objects such as boomerangs and shields, since the earliest known human occupation of Australia. Ochre (Fe-oxide pigment), is used for a variety of red, brown, orange and yellow colours, and other natural mineral pigments such as kaolinite are used for white colours. Today, as in the past, Aboriginal people choose particular pigments for their various characteristics including colour, consistency and ‘shimmer’.
This presentation will describe recent research into the first non-destructive elemental study of natural pigments on Aboriginal objects.
Sprigg plus - Shields
Following the completion of the Sprigg public lecture, the South Australian Museum offers you an exclusive opportunity to meet lecturer Rachel Popelka-Filcoff to further discuss topics raised at the lecture. Mingle with fellow Sprigg lovers and enjoy a stand-up, light dinner of delicious food and wine from the Museum’s catering team.
Makers at the Museum: carving a line
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Cost: $45, bookings essential
Join contemporary printmakers Suzie Lockery and Simone Tippett as they guide you through the processes of linocutting, drawing inspiration from the powerful designs on Aboriginal shields.
After a guided tour of the exhibition, participants will be encouraged to reflect upon the variety of symbolic line, form and mark-making that is represented on many Aboriginal shields and to consider creating their own personal shield design. Once the design has been carved into the lino block, the printing fun begins and participants will be shown how to ink up and print their linocut both by hand and using a press. Linocutting is a flexible printmaking medium that can easily be continued in the studio or at home.
Punu carving and culture
Shields: design and identity
The designs on shields can tell us a lot about the shield maker, the shield bearer and their people. Come and make a shield of your own and decorate it to tell your own stories! Children will be guided through the steps of making and decorating a simple cardboard shield, inspired by the Museum’s exhibition Shields: power and protection in Aboriginal Australia.
Kaurna language session with Jack Buckskin
Join Shields exhibition ambassador and Kaurna man Jack Buckskin to discover the language of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains. This interactive session will introduce children to Aboriginal songs, stories and language.
Nightlab, curated by Rebecca Sullivan
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday, 6 May 2016
Suited ages: 18+
Cost: $35 / $25 Museum Members, bookings essential
As part of Tasting Australia, you’re invited to indulge in a little late night learning with a visit to the South Australian Museum after dark! Discover the links between what we eat and the environment we live in, from the geology of our wine regions to bush foods that reflect South Australia's incredible biodiversity. Night Lab is the delicious combination of science, curiosity, culture and great food.
Shields lunchtime talk with Karl Winda Telfer
Thursday 12 May, 2:30pm
Pacific Cultures Gallery
Free, bookings essential
In the lead-up to the Shields exhibition, Kaurna man and senior custodian of ceremony Karl Telfer led a special project to create a new Kaurna shield. Karl worked with young Aboriginal men to create a powerful new shield, informed and inspired by traditional practice.
Join Karl as he speaks with the Museum’s Head of Anthropology, Dr John Carty, about the deep significance of shields in Kaurna culture and his fight for recognition of the Wokali shield.
About Karl Winda Telfer
Karl is a Kaurna man from the Adelaide Plains regions with strong family ties to Nharrunga country on the Yorke Peninsula.He has been involved in Aboriginal cultural and spiritual renewal all his life, coming from a family of strong cultural and political activity. Over many years Karl has collaborated with artists, landscape architects and architects on major public space art and design projects. Karl founded the PAITYA dance group in 1996 which has toured internationally. Karl brings many people together through ways of understanding the spirit of humanity.