Conceived in Brisbane in 2003, proppaNOW is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Artist Collectives, challenging the politics of Aboriginal art and culture. The collective is focused on generating Contemporary Art that is thought provoking, subversive and re-thinking what it means to be a ‘Contemporary artist’. proppaNOW takes working-class frameworks, which surrounded most of the artists growing up, of impoverished and oppressed peoples, and drives it into the art world. This has spurred the composition of contemporary liberation art, talking about the daily struggles of coming against the forces of modernism and capitalism. The focus and support for each other has also allowed the collective to foster the projection of our individual careers. Members include Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, the late Laurie Nilsen—all established and well respected artists in their own right. The collective as of 2023 has invited and received acceptance from three new members—Shannon Brett, Lily Eather, and Warraba Weatherall.
Introduced by Sophie Rose, CCS Bard Graduate Student.
CCS Bard Speaker Series Each semester CCS Bard hosts a program of lectures by leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Speakers are selected primarily by second-year graduate students and also by faculty and staff. All lectures are free and open, and are documented through audio recordings that reside in the CCS Bard Library & Archives and online here.
Accessibility for Public Programs
American Sign Language Interpretation
ASL-English interpretation is available for public programs upon request with two weeks advance notice. To place a request, please contact CCSVisits@bard.edu. Relay and voice calls welcome.
Verbal description is available for public programs upon request with two weeks advance notice. To place a request, please contact CCSVisits@bard.edu. Relay and voice calls welcome.
When public programs are held over Zoom, live transcription is available . transcription is available .