• 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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  • Annie Mulunwanga, Kun-ngad (billabong), screen print, 50 x 68 cm.
  • Barbara Kurrawalwal, Kun-djule (shade), screen print 50 x 68 cm.
  • Marawarr, Koringkarri, screen print, 50 x 68 cm.
  • Sandra Milmilkama, Kun-red Merlemerle Karralkan (bush with butterflies), screen print, 50 x 68 cm.

Seasons Folio

04 August - 26 August 2017


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 inspired by the cycle of six seasons in the tropical climate of north central Arnhem Land where the artists live. The prints are depictions of specific places at specific times of year, showing the vegetation and animals which are associated with that time and place.


Boxed folio of nine silkscreen prints: $3000


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  • Before the Clearing - hand-bound artist's book, 26 x 58 cm.
  • At first just the names disappeared, detail, etching, 25 x 57 cm.
  • Stamping out the Dreaming, etching, 25 x 57 cm.
  • Fish trap at Nathan River, detail, etching, 25 x 57 cm.

Before the Clearing by Simon Normand

19 July - 01 October 2017


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 European to explore this country, now known as the Savannah Way. He documented his journey through the remarkable, but now largely uninhabited landscape in carefully scripted field books, recording the botany, geology and the lie of the land.


“This book aims to acknowledge the descendants of people that still live along Leichardt’s path between the Gulf Country and Kakadu. It aims to show that, although so much has been taken away and lost, the country is far from empty.” Simon Normand, November 2016.


Before the Clearing is on show at the Northern Territory Library, Parliament House until 1 October. Simon Normand will be giving an artist’s talk at 6pm on August 9. The Parliament House exhibition features several artefacts  which have been specially made by the artists at Ngukurr Arts and that the Limmen Rangers and elders from the roper region have provided special objects for the collection boxes in the library.


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  • Kikkik (Brown Honeyeaters), acrylic on paper by Graham Badari
  • Karnamarr (Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo), acrylic on paper by Graham Badari
  • Kikkik (Brown Honeyeaters), acrylic on paper by Graham Badari
  • Djurddjurd (White Bellied Sea Eagle), acrylic on paper by Graham Badari

Mayhmayh – a suite of paintings by Graham Badari

01 July - 29 July 2017


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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  • Marram (Whistling Kite), bark painting by Graham Badari
  • Wak Wak (Crow), work on paper by Joe Guymala
  • Manimunak (Magpie Goose), work on paper by Gabriel Maralngurra
  • Ngalkordow (Brolga) work on paper by Thommo Nganjmirra

Mayhmayh – Different Birds

01 July - 29 July 2017


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 can indicate a change of season, a good time to go hunting or can simply be inspired by the nature and character of the birds as they chattering amongst their favorite blossoms, go searching for their favorite foods or chase each across the open floodplains. Bird species can also have significant cultural meaning to the Kunwinkju and a number are active in ‘Djang’ (ancestral creation stories). These paintings allow us a rare birds’ eye view into the connection between people, birds, place, story and environment that is part of the cultural fabric of the Kunwinkju people.


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  • Fish Traps, acrylic on canvas by Kieren Karritpul, 100 x 96 cm
  • Wu - Clouds, acrylic on canvas by Kieren Karritpul, 120 x 122 cm
  • Walipan - Fishnet, acrylic on canvas by Kieren Karritpul, 160 x 120 cm
  • Sun Mat, acrylic on canvas by Kieren Karritpul, 99 x 91 cm

Kieren Karritpul

01 July - 29 July 2017


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 told about the traditional culture and heritage of his people.


As a young contemporary artist Karritpul has transformed his knowledge of weaving and dyeing into intricate and colourful paintings. His images incorporate the pattern of pandanus bundles, woven baskets, coolamon and fish traps, while the colours of his paintings emulate rich and beautiful natural fibre dyes. The works pay homage to his culture and heritage, yet extend its boundaries as contemporary visual expression.



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Exhibitions Archive

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In the Frame

From the stockroom, a selection of framed prints are reduced for the months of December and January, including discounted unframed prints from Pormpuraaw Arts, Warlukurlangu Artists and Northern Editions print making studio. Featured artists include Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (dec), Bardayal Nadjamerrek AO (dec), Judy Watson, Robyn Djunginy and others. Contact the Gallery for more information 08 8981 6382.

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New Collections

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Fabrics and Fibre by Bobbie Ruben and Peta Smith

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