A member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones works across a range of mediums. He creates site-specific installations and interventions into space that work with local knowledge systems, are grounded in research of the historical archive and builds on community aspirations. Jones is a senior researcher, University of Technology Sydney, and is dedicated to the development and calibration of south-east Aboriginal artists and culture.
At the heart of Jones’s practice is the act of collaborating and many projects have seen him work with other artists and communities to develop major projects. In 2015 he collaborated with the Bathurst Wiradyuri and Aboriginal Community Elders to create guwiinyguliya yirgabiyi ngay yuwin.gu gulbalangidyal ngunhi (they made a solitude and called it peace) at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales. He is currently working with long time collaborator Uncle Stan Grant developing Wiradjuri gulbanha or Wiradjuri philosophy for a range of projects.
Photo by Jules Boag.