2023 Christmas Salon: Works on Paper

Jilamara Arts, Maningrida Arts and Culture, Kitty Kantilla, Hermannsburg, Papunya Tjupi Arts, Jean-Baptiste Apuatimi, Tjala Arts, Papunya Tula, Yirrkala, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Mangkaja Arts, Butcher Joe Nangan, Balgo Art
25 November - 16 December 2023

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A collection of works on paper presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art.

2023 From the Stockroom

Warakurna Artists, Spinifex Arts Project, Tjala Arts, Yirrkala, Maningrida Arts and Culture, Tangentyere Artists, Tjarlirli Art
26 October - 11 November 2023

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A selection of works from Aboriginal & Pacific Art gallery.

2023 Power of Colours Through Connection

Mangkaja Arts
27 September - 21 October 2023

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A group show featuring Sonia Kurarra, Amy Palmer and Terry Murungkurr Murray, proudly presented by Aborginal & Pacific Art Gallery in association with Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia.

“After the catastrophic flood on January 2nd, 2023, many people were left stranded and evacuated across the Fitzroy Valley.

This devastation included many Mangkaja artists. The aged care, Guwardi Ngardu is home to many significant senior artists including Sonia Kurarra. They were evacuated to Derby and were unable to return until July. This heavily affected their art and cultural practice.

The artworks created this year highlight Sonia’s unwavering commitment to her arts practice despite the many issues created by the widespread natural disaster.

For other artists like Terry Murray and Amy Palmer, their communities were cut-off from the main townsite. Utilising helicopters and barges, some art supplies were able to be delivered, however it did make a significant impact on their well-being as well as their arts practices. Despite all of this, the two artists, like many others, have used this disaster to solidify their focus on the importance of art as a healing practice.”

-          Liam Kennedy, Manager of Mangkaja Arts

2023 Artists of Tjuntjuntjara - Part Two

Spinifex Arts Project
16 August - 16 September 2023

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Presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art gallery in association with Spinifex Arts Project, Tjuntjuntjara, WA.

2023 | Artists of Tjuntjuntjara - Part One

Spinifex Arts Project
16 August - 16 September 2023

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Presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art gallery in association with Spinifex Arts Project, Tjuntjuntjara, WA.

2023 Works from Ngaruwanajirri Past and Present

Ngaruwanajirri Inc.
19 July - 12 August 2023

Presented by Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery in association with Ngaruwanajirri Inc., Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Bathurst Island, NT

Bathurst Island and Melville Islands are known as the Tiwi Islands and are located about 60 kilometres north of Darwin. Wurrumiyanga (formerly known as Nguiu) is situated on Bathurst Island, the smaller of the two islands, and is the main township with a population of approximately 1,500 people. This makes it the largest township on Bathurst Island.

All the Indigenous artists working at Ngaruwanajirri are Tiwi and the word ‘ngaruwanajirri’ is Tiwi for ‘helping one another’. 

Their work has been included in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and features in many private and public collections, including the Batchelor Institute, Parliament House in Canberra, Artbank, Charles Darwin University Collection and the Lam Collection University of San Antonio Texas USA.

2023 Warumpinya

Papunya Tjupi Arts
14 June - 8 July 2023

Presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art in association with Papunya Tjupi, Papunya, NT.

Papunya Tjupi is located 250km North West of Alice Springs/Mparntwe. Papunya is the birthplace of the Western Desert painting movement.
The esteemed artists included in this exhibition are the children and grandchildren of the founders of the desert painting movement.

2023 Ŋäṉḏi’manydji - From the mother

10 May - 10 June 2023

Presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, NT.


"Ŋäṉḏi’manydji is a phrase from the Yolŋu language. Noŋgirrŋa and her daughters Marrnyula and Rerrkirrwaŋa are all Yolŋu people. The Yolŋu nation are the First Nations owners of North East Arnhem land who have never ceded their sovereignty and are recognised under European law as the owners of that huge part of Australia.

They also have in common that they are each winners of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Best Bark Painting prize. Marrnyula in 2020, Noŋgirrŋa in 2019 and 2015, Rerrkirrwaŋa in 2009. Djutjadjutja  Munuŋgurr the father of the two girls and Noŋgirrŋa’s husband of 47 years until his death in 1999 also won the same prize in 1997.

Djutjadjutja had six children with Noŋgirrŋa and four with her sister Burrtjalk in the normal Yolŋu family structure of an extended family.

The word ŋäṉḏi’manydji is a compound word. It is a way of describing a group of people by reference to their relationship to one of that group. In this case it is telling us that the exhibition is by a group of people connected through their relationship to the mother- Noŋgirrŋa.

If you saw them walking down the road it would be perfectly normal to yell out ‘Way ŋäṉḏi’manydji whanama?” trans. “Hey mother-mob where are you heading?”

In this case they are heading to a pretty special exhibition. One which shows three people excelling to a very high level in visual art. Three people whose lives and art practice could not be more closely connected. But three artists whose paintings do not look like they came from the same source.

The looseness of Noŋgirrŋa’s art could not contrast more vividly with the precision of Rerrkirrwaŋa. Marrnyula’s paintings of paintings of fibrework are almost post modern in comparison to the strict black letter Law of Rerrkirr’s classical sacred design.

And yet they have literally been painting side by side on a daily basis for at least thirty years. Sartre’s comment that ‘hell is other people’[1] does not come close to describing the intensity of human relations in a totally non-materialistic communal society that does not recognise individual members as separate from the organism of the clan. The gulf between what Anglo-Australians understand as the acceptable boundaries between people, and the Yolŋu take on that issue, cannot even be approached.

You are your brother’s keeper- and your mother’s mother’s cousin’s brother’s keeper -and everyone in between. In that context, the four eldest sons of Noŋgirrŋa who included a Police Aide and a Legal Aid Field Officer are all now deceased but the ŋäṉḏi’manydji remain intricately intertwined.

From this cauldron of human experience here we have the fruits of three lives lived in art."

- Will Stubbs, 2023

[1] From the play, ‘No Exit’, Jean-Paul Sartre 1944.

2023 Our Beautiful Home Mparntwe Alice Springs

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tangentyere Artists
5 April - 6 May 2023

Presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art in association with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tangentyere Artists, Alice Springs, NT.


"Don’t be fooled that there is only bad things happening here in Alice Springs. There are really beautiful good things too. There is family encouraging each other, and children learning language and stories about culture. There are kids going to school and playing sport and helping their grandmothers sweep up the yard. There is the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and the Tangentyere Artists working really hard. There are good times, and true, bad times too. But this is our beautiful home, where we live, and so we keep on working really hard to make a future that is really good for everyone." - Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tangentyere Artists

Barks of Arnhem Land

Yirrkala, Maningrida Arts and Culture, Milingimbi
7 - 31 March 2023

A collection of barks presented by Aboriginal & Pacific Art gallery.