2011 Organic Forms and Prints

16 December 2011 - 4 February 2012

Featuring weavings from Ngarrindjeri artist, Yvonne Koolmatrie, SA; Dilpin artists, NT; Maningrida, NT, and prints from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Larapinta Valley Town Camp, Alice Springs, NT

2011 Paintings from Warakurna and Wanarn

Warakurna Artists
22 November - 10 December 2011

Warakurna is a remote community situated on the Great Central Road in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia, approximately 330km from Uluru near the border with the Northern Territory. Warakurna has a long history of artistic expression. In March 2005 the art centre studio was opened amid much enthusiasm and excitement. Warakurna Artists is owned and governed by Aboriginal people and provides services to artists living in and visiting Warakurna and the nearby community of Wanarn.

Warakurna Artists is an energetic, creative and happy place, where men and women, young and old, paint and share Tjukurrpa (traditional law and culture) and contemporary stories. Passing on these important stories to young people is a critical means of keeping culture vital and strong.

2011 Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa

Tjungu Palya
18 October - 19 November 2011

2011 Country - Wakartu Cory Surprise and Sonia Kurrara

Mangkaja Arts
27 September - 15 October 2011

Mangkaja is an Aboriginal owned art centre situated in Fitzroy Crossing, West Kimberley, Western Australia. Mangkaja is a Walmajarri word meaning 'wet weather shelter'. The art centre brings together artists from four main language groups including Wangkatjungka and Walmajarri from the Great Sandy Desert and Bunuba, and Gooniyandi from the river country around the Fitzroy Crossing valley.

The meeting of desert and river cultures has produced a unique range of strengths in their fine art and cultural artefacts. Mangkaja artists paint iconic singular images of country that tell essential stories of heritage and identity. Their paintings are characterised by a colourful, contemporary style featuring an uninhibited immediacy and large brush strokes. 

-          Guy Hayes, Mangkaja Arts

2011 Barks from Arnhem Land

24 August - 24 September 2011

2011 Recent Works by Ninuku Arts

Ninuku Arts
30 July - 20 August 2011

Ninuku Arts is a wholly-Indigenous owned and governed Art Centre which supports artists from two communities - Pipalyatjara and Kalka. Both communities are peaceful places, located in the far north-western corner of South Australia, near the tri-state border of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. The two communities, fourteen kilometres apart, are surrounded by the rolling, rocky hills of the Tomkinson Ranges and are part of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY).

The community is encouraged by strong governance, cultural engagement and pride among local Anangu people. The art centre prides itself on its inclusivity (providing opportunities for all generations) and embracing individuality in artists.

- Claire Eltringham, Ninuku Arts

2011 Tjukuritja Kunpu Kanyitjaku: Keeping Stories Strong

Mimili Maku
12 - 23 July 2011

The community of Mimili is located within the red granite boulders of the Everard Ranges nearly 500 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs. Mimili Maku Arts started in 2004 and incorporated in 2010. The art centre takes its name from the maku or witchetty found in the roots of the witchetty bush (acacia kempeana). The Maku Tjukurpa (witchetty grub songline) is a significant songline for this area.

2011 Tjukurpa nyangatja ngananala uungu ngaranyi: These are our stories, they live inside us

Ernabella Arts
25 June - 16 July 2011

Operating since 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal art centre. The community is situated at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in the far north west of South Australia. The people speak Yankunytjatjara, Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjara from the Western Desert language groups of central Australia.

Today the community-directed art centre supports artists in all artistic endeavours, from painting, pottery and weaving to making bush jewellery and carved wooden traditional tools.

2011 Ngura wiru mulapa - Beautiful Country

Tjala Arts
28 May - 18 June 2011

In association with Tjala Arts, Amata, SA

2011 Jangala and Jabada - Alan Griffiths and Peter Newry

7 - 21 May 2011

In association with Warangarri Arts, WA

Artists from Waringarri relate images of country, traditional stories and stories of station life and contemporary events.  Painting only with ochre pigments Waringarri artists comment on the importance of maintaining traditional links to land and culture while exploring a celebration of colour, composition and individualism.

2011 Yappallika - Nina Puruntatameri and Susan Wanji Wanji

2 - 21 April 2011

In association with Munupi Arts, NT

“Yappallika represents our hands, of where the rocks of our colours (come from) and also where the freshwater stream runs towards the saltwater. It is the landscape of our hunting site toward the mangrove where we go hunting for mangrove tucker. We are guided and protected by my Dad’s spirit. Susan and I were taught to do Tiwi art and culture from my father, Romuald Puruntatameri. My Dad is Susan’s Uncle. He was always there for us, and we are now here today with an exhibition on his behalf, and the behalf of the land, Yappallika. This place is also a famous story on the Tiwi Islands of when Susan got lost at Yappallika and was rescued by my Father’s spirit. She was lost and had to climb a tree to escape a crocodile who was hunting here. My Father’s spirit guided her to safety. That is why this place means everything to us.”              -    Nina Puruntatameri

2011 Kirriwirri - Bidyadanga

3 - 26 March 2011

In association Yulparija and Mangala artists of Bidyadanga, WA

The works reflect the journey of the desert people to saltwater country. Featuring artists Lydia Balbal, Jan Billycan, Nadja Bullen, Weaver Jack, Margaret Baragurra and Daniel Walbidi