Colour Theory: Underground crosses the country to meet Indigenous street artists and discover urban graffiti

20 September 2017

Media Release

A new season of Colour Theory returns to NITV on Tuesday 3 October at 8pm with four new episodes exploring urban graffiti and how the world’s biggest and fastest art movement is providing an artistic outlet for a new generation of Indigenous Australians.

In season four, Colour Theory: Underground, acclaimed contemporary artist and host Tony Albert, travels across Australia, from Adelaide to Melbourne, to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, to meet with four Indigenous graffiti artists and explore how country and culture inspire their contemporary art, documenting their creative processes from inception through to production and exhibition.

With each half hour episode, Albert introduces us to a new artist: Narisha ‘Nish’ Cash, Libby Harward, Kingsley “Budda” Hampton and Warraba Weatherall. Each artist shares their story, their creative journey and artistic influences, revealing some of the universal challenges faced by Aboriginal youth today, including deaths in custody and substance abuse. Ultimately, we see how each artist – and their distinctive style – confronts and overcomes adversity through their art.

NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said: “NITV is proud to present the fourth season of Colour Theory and is excited to introduce talented up and coming Indigenous artists from around Australia to our community. This series not only showcases amazing, contemporary, Indigenous artwork but presents content that is fresh, edgy and innovative.”

Colour Theory: Underground director Dena Curtis said: “Colour Theory provides an insight into the evolution of Aboriginal art and cultural expression, and in this series, we uncover the similarities between traditional Aboriginal art practise and graffiti.
“Graffiti offers a platform for these artists to celebrate their culture, language and stories in a public forum and in a place that can’t be ignored.”

Colour Theory: Underground is an NITV and No Coincidence Media production, directed by Dena Curtis, produced by Mitchell Stanley and curated by Hetti Perkins, developed with the assistance of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and Create NSW.

Colour Theory: Underground will air weekly from Tuesday 3 October at 8pm and will be available after broadcast, anytime, on your favourite streaming device via SBS On Demand.

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