The second event in the 2021 Linework series, which took place on 10 June 2021.

South-east Aboriginal men’s artistic practice can be understood by the unique and continuing use of the line. Line-work is evident in a range of imagery, in various mediums, and throughout different generations, through changing social, political and cultural climates, revealing its ongoing cultural importance. In this context, the line represents the continuation of culture and the unbroken lineage of Koori knowledge. In this way understanding the line provides an art-historical account of Koori men’s art from pre-contact to today.


Jonathan Jones is a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, and is an artist, curator and researcher. As an artist he works across a range of mediums, from printmaking and drawing to sculpture and film, to create site-specific installations and interventions that engage Aboriginal practices, relationships and knowledge. Jones’s work champions local knowledge systems, is grounded in research of the historical archive and builds on community aspirations. At the heart of his practice is the act of collaborating and many projects have seen him work with other artists and communities, including with Dr Uncle Stan Grant Senior. Jones has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and his work has been collected by state, national and international institutions. In 2016 Jonathan presented the 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project, ‘barrangal dyara: skin and bones’, at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and in 2018 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in the field of visual arts.

This event is part of the lecture series Linework: Lines, Lineages and Networks in Indigenous Art.

Learn more about this lecture series here.

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This series is produced with support from the Terra Foundation.