IMA PodcastNeola Savage, Juliri Ingra & Dan Robins: Panel Discussion: Arts of the Frontline

Neola Savage, Juliri Ingra & Dan Robins

Panel Discussion: Arts of the Frontline

INFRACTIONS features First Nations campaigners fighting threats to 51% of the Northern Territory from shale gas fracking, where 90% of the population relies on groundwater. Since the unconventional gas industry’s birth in Queensland, Australia is now the leading exporter of this fossil fuel globally, while since the filming of INFRACTIONS the Federal Government has since doubled down on planet-warming gas projects as the solution to pandemic ‘recovery’. This panel updates on the current state of play for gas frontiers in the contemporary moment.

Neola Savage and Juliri Ingra (Gooreng Gooreng)

Neola Savage and Juliri Ingra and their 5 siblings are descendants of Dot and Hector Johnson who were active in the struggle for rights for Aboriginal and South Sea Islander peoples rights in Gladstone. The Johnsons were part of the first generation of Aboriginal teachers’ aids in Central Queensland, training in Melbourne at Deakin and Brisbane in mid-life. Juliri Ingra is an artist (die work and fibres) while Neola Savage continues Indigenous education and liaison work in Woorabinda.

Dan Robins

Dan Robins has been an organizer against unconventional gas across Australia for more than a decade, currently working with the NT Protect Country Alliance. Before that Robins was the Sydney Coordinator with Lock The Gate Alliance working on the Our Land Our Water Our Future Campaign to stop invasive coal and gas projects across NSW. Robins has also assisted with anti fracking campaigns in QLD’s Scenic Rim area and in WA. In 2015 Robins presented at the International Anti Fracking Conference in Paris during the COP21 UN Climate Change Conference.


The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.