Exhibitions

  • Kinga (Saltwater Crocodile), ochre on bark by Gabriel Maralngurra
  • Kalkberd (Wallaroo), ochre on bark by Graham Badari
  • Bininj Daluk Dancing, ochre on bark by Graham Badari
  • Manimunak (Magpie Goose), acrylic on Arches paper by Roderick Maralngurra

The Kunwinjku Counting Book and other works of art from Gunbalanya

01 July - 23 July 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 small window into the complex ecology of West Arnhem Land and the wholistic nature of Kunwinjku Aboriginal culture. The Kunwinjku Counting Book Suite provides a cross cultural dialogue, where traditions intersect in a spirit of respect and sharing. It involves the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next and from one cultural tradition to another, culminating in the preservation of a shared national heritage.

The works express the resilience and connections between people, stories, place, plants and animals that live and thrive in the Stone Country of Western Arnhem Land.

I really wanted to do this book to make children happy … to share my culture in Kunwinjku and English and help children learn how to count.

Gabriel Maralngurra, 2016.

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  • Trees and Lagoons, screen print by Dinah Norman
  • Yulularri - Nanny Goats, screen print by Marjorie Keighran
  • Hills and Trees, screen print by Jemima Miller
  • Branding Cattle in Open Country, screen print by Nancy McDinny

Gulf Country: New screen prints from Waralungku Arts

04 June - 25 June 2016

 

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 well as the distinctive beauty of the surrounding landscape with bright colours and a sense of past histories and continuing connections.

 

Gulf Country is the result of a print workshop facilitated by Cathy Cummins in 2015 and printed at Basil Hall Editions 2016.

 

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  • Charlene Carrington, natural ochre and pigments on paper
  • Phyllis Thomas, natural ochre and pigments on paper
  • Gordon Barney, natural ochre and pigments on paper
  • Gordon Barney, natural ochre and pigments on paper

Badem gooyarrg yirranyjende, goodoo yirranyjende – We collect ochre and grind it

04 June - 25 June 2016

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.

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  • The Wealth of the Land at Nomad Gallery
  • Cacocciuliddi - Baby artichokes, limited edition digital print
  • Cipuda scalognu - Spring onions, limited edition digital print
  • Ciuru di cucuzza - Pumpkin flower, limited edition digital print

The Wealth of the Land

05 May - 28 May 2016

Chips Mackinolty celebrates the natural and cultural wealth of Sicilian horticulture through a new series of digital prints. Based in Vucciria, near the oldest market in the historic centre of Palermo, Mackinolty set about depicting the new seasons fruit and vegetables as they appeared in the market. The images represent centuries of agricultural practice and cuisine which are fundamental to the cultural identity of Sicily and beyond.

The Wealth of the Land is an antidote to the sterile mass economy of the supermarket; it pays homage to the men and women who make a living from the soil, a reminder of things past and pointer to a good-natured and sustainable future. Above all they are images of luscious beauty and charm, reminding us of real natural wealth, the good food that emanates from the land.

As we face the potential disintegration of massive carbon intensive food distribution networks, and the ravages of climate change, it is likely that all of us will have to think about locally grown fresh foods, and the ways they get to the kitchen or restaurant table. Chips Mackinolty, 2016.

Hand drawn digital prints, editions of 19, available in the following sizes: 30 x 30 cm – $180, 45 x 45 cm – $250, 90 x 90 cm – $880 (unframed).

Download the exhibition catalogue (copies available $40).

ABC News interview

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Imprint interview with Anita Angel

Books and Arts Daily with Michael Cathcart

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  • Buachalánbuí – my weed, your daisy, anthotype on watercolour paper
  • Buachalánbuí – your daisy, my weed, anthotype on watercolour paper
  • Disturbed land I, anthotype on watercolour paper
  • Eucalyptus shadow II, anthotype on watercolour paper

The dark reactions

08 April - 30 April 2016

Michelle Culpitt is a photo media artist whose experimental methods include anthotypes, a pre-photographic process using photosensitive material from plants to create an image.

 

Anthotypes were invented by Sir William Herschel in 1842. The process involves coating a sheet of paper with an emulsion that has been extracted from light-sensitive plant material. An object such as a plant is then placed on the paper and exposed to sun-light until the background is bleached out. Color remains in the shaded or protected areas creating subtle, shadowy images.

 

Michelle Culpitt’s imagery explores organic elements of place, history and the environment. The dark reactions refer to a part of the photosynthesis process in plants that occurs in the second phase of photosynthesis that does not require the presence of light.

 

The works include native plants from Darwin, weeds from Castlemaine in Victoria and native plants in Carna and Anaghmakerrig in Ireland.

 

Read the opening speech by Dr Greg Leach

 

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Exhibitions Archive

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Tropical Louvres – Anne McMaster

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Louvres and Floorboards – Bobbie Ruben

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Children’s Ground: New prints by artists of Kakadu

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Revolution: New work celebrating 20 years of printmaking at Yirrkala Print Space

  In May 1995 a small revolution happened in far eastern Arnhem Land. The Yolngu artists of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka rose up and ‘seized the means of production’. Remote Indigenous printmakers began working on their own press to create limited edition fine art works on paper. Thus they began the Yirrkala Print Space.   And now, […]


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