|In this three-part documentary series, Hetti Perkins takes us on a personal journey into the world of Aboriginal art.
art + soul, directed by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), is the powerful and emotionally engaging television series about contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and the artists who create it.
Hetti Perkins, the writer and presenter of art + soul, is an Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon desert woman, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), daughter of the late political activist Charles Perkins and sister of filmmaker Rachel Perkins (First Australians, Bran Nue Dae).
With great generosity she shares her extraordinary knowledge of Aboriginal art, visiting the homes and studios of artists in remote desert communities, the tropical top end, and in urban environments. She also brings personal anecdotes to the fore, recalling her family's own story, and her father's legacy.
Hetti Perkins: "Art for me is a way for our people to share stories and allow a wider community to understand our history and us as a people."
In episode one Home and Away, Hetti looks at what it means to be 'at home' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people asking the question 'Is home where you live, or is it the 'country' you are exiled from?'
Writer and Presenter: Hetti Perkins; Director and Cinematographer: Warwick Thornton; Producers: Bridget Ikin and Jo-Anne McGowan (Hibiscus Films);Executive Producer ABC TV: Amanda Duthie. art + soul was produced by Hibiscus Films in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW, the Art Gallery Of New South Wales and the Australia Council For The Arts. art + soul was developed and produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV).