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 their roots and by sending airborne signals.
There is constant chatter in the bush!
Winsome Jobling 2017
‘Plant gossip is not only spread on the breeze; the rhizosphere crackles with chatter too.’ Dan Cossins ‘Plant talk’ 2014
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 different ways to tell our story. We are lucky to make art together. It makes you laugh, cry, talk, be quiet. It doesn’t take away the suffering- but it helps to know you can turn it into something else.
© Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, 2017
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 incorporate the blocks, Gribbin has connected with Whitley’s cheeky humour, passion for all things fishy and his prodigious scientific output. The prints are a melding of Gribbin’s created marine environments with Whitley’s scientific work.
Relief printing blocks courtesy of the Australian Museum.
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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 recent watercolours suggest my tactile and visual experience of living in tropical Australia. Watercolour materials and painting techniques allow puddles of colour to bleed and blend into overlaying circular patterns of saturated pigment on paper. As warm moisture is suspended and hangs in the air of the Tiwi Islands, my place of residence for the last 6 years, I imagine that I can float and drift in between large ephemeral loopy patterns of aquatic colours as the heat of the day evaporates a previous down pour of rain. The organic patterns give an added notion of the cyclical process of evaporation, condensation and precipitation prevalent to weather conditions of a Wet Season. The work may also been seen as an interpretation of the geography of a tropical island and its aquatic coastal parameters.
Anne McMaster, 2017View the works on the online gallery
Featuring paintings by Alfonso Puautjimi, Cecily Djandjomerr, Ruth Nalmakarra and artists from Turkey Creek in the Kimberley, this exhibition brings together artworks in ochre from four distinct regions of the Top End. Ochre has been collected and used as a natural medium for artistic expression for thousands of years. Traditionally used for creating […]
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.
Nomad Art Gallery has an eclectic range of new artworks from across the Top End including small and large carvings from the Tiwi Islands, camp dog sculptures from Yuendumu, scarves and jewelry from Groote Eylandt and recent fabrics from Maningrida. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows in the Wetland is a collection of recent fabrics by Bobbie Ruben depicting the wetland landscape of tropical Australia viewed through iconic Darwin louvre windows. The fabrics are digitally collaged photographs printed on 100% linen and compliment a beautiful new selection of woven woollen baskets by Darwin artist Peta Smith. For more information contact: email@example.com
Buku Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala community in Arnhem Land has a long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier Indigenous art centres and printmaking studios. These major artists have established a national reputation for their work, having won many of Australia’s Indigenous art prizes. Artists in this exhibition include: Djambawa Marawili AM, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Mulkun […]
The Midawarr – Harvest Series suite of woodblocks is the outcome of collaboration between Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley. Wirrpanda is a senior female artist for the Dhudi-Djapu clan from Dhuruputjpi. Wirrpanda is a leader of her clan and has a lifetime’s knowledge of her country, which is distilled into her art. Wolseley […]
Kidin – Time of Plenty combines both art and cultural knowledge with the rich natural heritage of the Ngan’gikurrungurr and Ngen’giwumirri (Ngan’gi) people of the Daly River region. The collection of images is a study of the relationships between plants and animals and Ngan’gi people who are intimately connected with their country. In March 2016 […]
This exhibition focuses on paper and bark paintings by acclaimed Western Arnhem Land artists Gabriel Maralngurra, Roderick Maralngurra and Graham Badari and includes a set of 12 paintings that feature in a children’s book entitled The Kunwinjku Counting Book illustrated by Gabriel Maralngurra. The Kunwinjku Counting Book is published by Injalak Arts and launched by Nomad Art in July 2016. This book serves as a […]
Waralungku Arts represents the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Mara and Gudanji peoples from the Borroloola Region in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory. The Art Centre is set in an arresting landscape of rocky hills, cattle-grazed scrub, billabongs, and wide horizons. The screen prints depict both the life and the history of the community, as […]
This exhibition brings together new explorations of ochre to works on paper by emerging, mid career and establish Gija artists. Warmun art is a contemporary expression of land and culture central to Gija identity and has a national and international reputation. Artists draw on Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories and contemporary life.