• Ganybu, linocut by Rerrkirrwaŋa Munuŋgurr
  • Destiny, linocut by Wukun Wanambi
  • Djanda, linocut by Bawaka Yunupiŋu
  • Gurrumu, etching by Mulkun Wirrpanda

New prints from Yirrkala Print Space: 2017

06 October - 29 October 2017


Buku Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala community in Arnhem Land has a long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier Aboriginal art centres and printmaking studios.


The dedicated print studio was built in the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre in 1996. The space was established through collaboration between the Centre and master printer Basil Hall. Since its opening, Yolngu printmakers have been printing full time and passing down these skills to new generations of young Yolngu printmakers.


Yirrkala Print Space has fostered engagement with younger Yolngu print makers, particularly disengaged youth. The print studio continues to develop the skills for printmaking in these young emerging artists as well as established Yolngu artists of renown.


Yirrkala Print Space also continues to expand its collaborations with master printmakers from across Australia and around the world. Basil Hall has maintained his relationship with the artists at Yirrkala and has assisted and mentored its development and that of the artists. Examples of these are the recent Seven Sisters Project and The Djalkiri Project initiated by Nomad Art Gallery in 2010 and 2012.


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  • Wantaringuwi I (Sun), screen print by Dino Wilson.
  • Ningarka etching by Janice Murray.
  • Japarra and Japalinga by Pauletta Kerinaiua.
  • Jilamara, etching and screen print by Pedro Wonaeamirri.

Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani (past, present future)

01 September - 30 September 2017

New prints from Jilamara Arts and Crafts


In April 2017 a group of younger and older generation artists visited the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to view a selection of the Tiwi collection of objects and images, to garner inspiration for a major print workshop. Working in collaboration with senior printer Basil Hall, Jilamara artists have created new limited edition prints that respond to artworks by Tiwi artists passed.


Jilamara artists are renowned for producing contemporary works based on ceremonial body painting designs, clan totems and Tiwi creation stories. Jilamara which roughly translates to design, is passed on by family and each artist develops their own particular jilamara.


The Tiwi palette of four colours, red, yellow, white and black, is made up of natural ochres to produce paintings on linen, canvas, paper, printmaking, weaving, bark and carved ironwood.


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  • Susan Marawarr, Fish Trap, ochre on bark.
  • Susan Marawarr, Lorrkon, ochre on hollow log.
  • Barbara Kurrawalwal, Kun-djule (shade), screen print.
  • Deborah Wurrkidj, Manwak screen print on cotton.

Karridjowkke Kunronj – Crossing Streams

04 August - 26 August 2017


Presented by Nomad Art in conjunction with Darwin Festival, Maningrida Arts and Culture and Bábbarra Women’s Centre.

Opening 3.00pm, Thursday 10 August


Karridjowkke KunronjCrossing Streams brings together five established female artists from the Kuninjku homelands of western Arnhem Land. The works integrate time-honoured traditions of art making with contemporary imagery.

Deborah Wurrkidj, Jennifer Wurrkidj, Susan Marawarr, Helen Lanyinwanga and Melba Gunjarrwanga, are women of the stone country surrounding the remote homeland of Mumeka, who work with both Babbarra Designs and Maningrida Arts & Culture.

These women have formed the backbone of a generation of Kunjinku artists since the 1990s. They continue to forge a path for women in their community and push the boundaries of their creative practice.

Featured in this exhibition are new fabric designs, bark paintings and lorrkon (hollow logs) and prints including the watershed Seasons Folio produced in 1999.


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Exhibitions Archive

Seasons Folio

  Presented by Nomad Art in conjunction with Darwin Festival, Maningrida Arts and Culture and Bábbarra Women’s Centre. An historic suite of nine silkscreen prints by: Sandra Milmilkama, Susan Marwarr, Leah Rostron Annie Mulunwanga, Jay Rostron, Barbara Kurrawalwal Vicky Brown, Helen Lanyinwanga, Lena Kuriniya.   Produced in 1999, this series of nine silkscreen prints is […]

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Before the Clearing by Simon Normand

  Limited edition, hand bound artist’s book – $9,000 Edition of 10   Before the Clearing featuring 13 hand coloured etchings by Simon Normand and 13 corresponding maps and journal entries from Ludwig Leichhardt’s epic journey from Queensland through the gulf country and Kakadu to Port Essington in 1845.   Ludwig Leichhardt was the first […]

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Mayhmayh – a suite of paintings by Graham Badari

  This suite of 14 paintings illustrate Graham Badari’s forthcoming book Mayhmayh – Different Birds   Mayh is the Kunwinjku generic word for birds and mayhmayh is the plural. When asked to provide a title for his forthcoming book featuring birds found in West Arnhem Land Graham Badari suggested Mayhmayh and explained it meant “different birds”.     […]

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Mayhmayh – Different Birds

  Selected works on paper, bark and hollow logs by Injalak artists including Graham Badari, Gabriel Maralngurra, Thompson Nganjmirra and Joe Guymala.   All artworks depict species of birds commonly found in Western Arnhem Land going about their daily business. Many of the anecdotes the artists tell about the birds are quirky, explaining characteristics that […]

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Kieren Karritpul

  Karritpul paints subjects associated with the traditional culture and knowledge of his clan. His work is an exploration of the woven line in painting and design.   Karritpul grew up watching his mother and grandmother collecting, dyeing and weaving pandanus and sand palm (merrepen) fibre. As they worked he would listen to the stories they […]

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Our Country in Clay

  An exhibition of ceramic works by Ernabella’s leading women artists Tjunkaya Tapaya, Carlene Thompson and Niningka Lewis, alongside works by rising stars Elizabeth Dunn, Tjimpuna Williams, Janice Stanley and Lynette Lewis. Tjunkaya and Niningka have made a recent return to ceramics after focusing on painting and tjanpi weaving for several years.   Created in […]

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Humilis By Winsome Jobling

  Sand palm, Livistona humilis, (merrepen, wumberra) is the most widespread Northern Territory palm. These resilient little palms provide food, medicine, fibre and colour.   The small slender palm grows in colonies as understory plants in the dry eucalyptus forests around Darwin. There is strength in numbers for plants as they communicate and nurture each other through […]

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Where worlds come together

  The art room gives us time to put down all the knowing we have in our hearts, this is where worlds can come together. It is good to be able to let the thinking come out so other people can share in the things we know. Making these etchings can make us think of […]

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‘Dear Gilbert,…. ‘ (Song for the Ichthyologist) by Jacqueline Gribbin

  Darwin Printmaker Jacqueline Gribbin has revived a collection of old and forgotten relief blocks created from scientific drawings by Gilbert Percy Whitley (Ichthyologist and Curator of Fishes, Australian Museum, 1922-1964). The blocks served as a means to print illustrations for Whitley’s many published papers, journals and books.   Through a series of prints, which […]

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Saturation: Watercolours by Anne McMaster

These fluid watercolour paintings by Anne McMaster respond to the tactile and visual experience of living in tropical Australia. Colours bleed and blend in overlaying patterns representing the cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation during the monsoonal wet season. How do you communicate the experience and aesthetics of living in a humid climate?   These […]

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