The second series of Colour Theory aired on NITV on Wednesday, giving viewers a behind the scenes insight into the communities of some of the new faces on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art scene.
The four part series is hosted by political activist, Richard Bell. He will venture to the ancestral homelands of four artists across Australia discovering how country and culture inspire their modern art whilst documenting their creative processes from inception through to production and exhibition.
With each half hour episode, Richard will introduce a new artist and their creative journey that would have otherwise flown right under the nose of wider Australia.
Colour Theory writer and associate producer Hetti Perkins says that not only will the show document the creative process but provide spectators with a look into the spectacular and diverse natural landscapes that influence each artist.
“Many of the artists we followed are from regional Australia and you can definitely see their upbringing reflected in their works,” says Hetti.
“To truly understand what each work means to the artist, and to others, we felt it was important to travel with each of them and immerse ourselves in the physical and cultural environments that have shaped their worldviews.
“Audiences will watch us hunt, paint and dance with the artists in lush beautiful locations across Queensland and in the North Western NSW, with spectacular footage of canyons, rivers, bush, desert, oceans and cities featuring throughout.”
The show’s featured line-up includes proppaNOW Collective artist Megan Cope, Sydney-born Yuwaalaraay designer Lucy Simpson, Cairns-based artist and printmaker Teho Ropeyarn, and Central Queensland native Dale Harding.
Mediums such as paint, sculptures, textiles, weaving, new media, photo media, printmaking, installation and performance to dance and design will all be showcased.
“The whole point of Colour Theory is to show these cultural trailblazers in their element. We want to take audiences on a journey into the lives of these artists as well as their works – to uncover who they are; their stories, histories, inspirations and methods,” says Hetti.
“There is an incredible range of Indigenous artistic expression out there, much of which has had very little exposure nationally. This season of Colour Theory aims to build upon the success of the first series, to take more of the nation’s best up-and-coming Indigenous artists – and their communities – into the living rooms of everyday Australians.”
The first series of Colour Theory debuted in April 2013 on the SBS network and went on to be distributed internationally in New Zealand. The program was well-received by critics, receiving special mentions and favourable reviews in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
For more information, head to NITV.