• Blue Dog, wire and tape by Merran Sierakowski
  • Kelly, tapestry by Winsome Jobling
  • Postie Killer, wire and postie uniform by Merran Sierakowski
  • Red dog, tapestry by Winsome Jobling

Darwin Dogs Winsome by Jobling and Merran Sierakowski

04 May - 25 May 2018



Darwin Dogs are exposed for what they are…yappy, snappy half crazed dogmatists, crooked as a dog’s hind leg, lurking with intent behind the wire in Darwin burbs.


Darwin artists Winsome Jobling and (onetime postie) Merran Sierakowski have decided that things are getting out of hound, so they have waded fearlessly into the dog eat dog world, with a dog’s breakfast of a show at Nomad Art this month.


The artists are dog tired at being ruffed up and plan to bite back with this canine dishplay. It may be a bit ruff around the edges and a mastiff waste of time, but it is the leashed they could do. So don’t bite the hand that feeds you, at the very leashed you mutt as well get along to Darwin Dogs. After all every dog has its day, barking dogs seldom bite and it is our last little show at Nomad Art Gallery in Parap.


View works by Merran Sierakowski on the online gallery


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  • Carapace, etching, 21.5 x 19 cm
  • Bergs Passing, etching, 20 x 37.5 cm
  • Preah Khan, figures & torso, etching,	20 x 16.5 cm
  • Cold in Venice, etching, 21 x 24 cm

Full Circle: Journeys of an Artist

01 May -

By Jörg Schmeisser


Jörg Schmeisser’s distinguished printmaking career was informed by a restless curiosity of the visual world. From the beginning, he was inspired by travel, his imagination fired by regular experiences of the unfamiliar and unknown.


This online exhibition celebrates work produced during travels, residencies and fellowships to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Venice, Hangzhou in China, Ladakh in northern India and Antarctica


‘Schmeisser’s keen observation of his surroundings is revealed in the extraordinary rendering of detail, often overlaid by gestural lines and script.  His works also feature abstracted motifs that symbolically evoke the place in which they were witnessed.’ Beaver Galleries


Jörg Schmeisser held over 200 exhibitions, both in Australia and overseas, after he began his tertiary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany.  His work is represented in many of the world’s most notable collections including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Staatliche Sammlungen Dresden, Germany, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst in Cologne, Germany and the National Gallery of America.  In Australia, his work is held in all of the major state galleries as well as the National Gallery of Australia.


Jörg Schmeisser first visited Arnhem Land in 1976. As part of the journey he facilitated some of the first etchings to be made with Indigenous artists of the region. He again visited the Top End in 2009 as part of the Nomad Art Djalkiri project. The outcomes are timeless and beautiful images of unique landscapes.


Jörg Schmeisser died in June 2012.


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  • Floating Ghost etching, relief, 2018
  • Mr Halstead, etching, relief, 2018
  • Strawman, etching, relief, 2018
  • The Old Wife, etching, relief, 2018

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

01 May -


This is a continuation of a body of work by Darwin Printmaker Jacqueline Gribbin in which the artist has revived a collection of 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 and passion for all things fishes. The prints are a melding of Gribbin’s created marine environments with Whitley’s scientific work.


Recently researchers have expressed concern that some of the species depicted in Whitley’s blocks could be under threat due to habitat degradation and climate change, providing new perspective on Whitley’s work.


Relief printing blocks courtesy of the Australian Museum.


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  • Leaya Wilson, Durrmu - Body Painting Design, silkscreen, 2018
  • Marie Jabinee, Durrmu - Body Painting Design, silkscreen, 2018
  • Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Yerrdagarri - Message Stick, silkscreen, 2018
  • Regina Pilawuk Wilson /String Figure, silkscreen, 2018

Ngani pek che durrmu – Our group of artists working together

14 April - 05 May 2018



In late 2017, the artists of Durrmu Arts at Peppimenarti in the Northern Territory collaborated with Jocelyn Tribe and Basil Hall to create this magnificent series of silkscreen prints.


Established artists such as Regina Wilson and Kathleen Korda, lead a small group of emerging artists through the process of printmaking and the exploration of tradition patterns, designs and basket stitch techniques.


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  • Mulkun Wirrpanda, Munbi, bark painting, 194 x 68 cm
  • Malaluba Gumana, Dhatam, bark painting, 172 x 82 cm
  • Moyurrurra Wunungmurra, Wurran, bark painting, 147 x 80 cm
  • Moyurrurra Wunungmurra, 'Buyku' Larrakitj, 160 x 20 cm

Bark Paintings and Larrakitj from Yirrkala

14 April - 05 May 2018


Located at Yirrkala in north-East Arnhem Land, Buku Larrnggay Mulka has maintained its status as a leader in contemporary art for decades. Dating back beyond the Bark Petition, Yirrkala Church Panels and Saltwater Collection, Yirrkala artists continue an artistic legacy that extends over tens of thousands of years. More recently artists have embraced the classical beauty of bark painting alongside stylistic and personal innovations.


Historically, Yolngu (Aboriginal people) passed on their creation stories and knowledge of country, through song, dance, ceremony and art. Clan designs called miny’tji represent the acts of the Wangarr (ancestral beings) and the laws they created. These designs are painted onto objects such as the larrakitj (ceremonial hollow log) and bark panels, using the fine hairbrush, marwat. Through the act of reproducing miny’tji, Yolngu are linked to their ancestors and reaffirm their identity and association with country.


 Miny’tji designs are often geometric in style incorporating diamonds, triangles and lines. Each design relates to a story associated with particular clan groups and their Ancestral beings. Clan designs are part of the intellectual property rights of the clan and only those people with the rights to certain designs are allowed to paint them. In this way they can be seen as title deeds to country.


Ref: Balnhndhurr – A Lasting Impression – An Artback NT Touring Exhibition 2017-2019, Education Kit, Teachers Notes



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Exhibitions Archive


  2016 was an unusually cloudy and wet dry season. I began documenting the cloudy days from June to August by taking photographs and I did the same last year. The 2017 dry season was the warmest on record.   These drawings are made using recycled photocopy toner. The composition of photocopy toner is generally […]

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Tokapuwi – Big Mob of Birds

  Tiwi Island artist, Janice Murray is renowned for her depictions of birdlife that inhabit the Tiwi Islands. This exhibition of etchings features her exceptional graphic interpretations of traditional cultural motifs, birds and ceremonial design. Birds include Pinjoma Jilamarini – Barn Owl, Muma – Torres Strait Pigeon, Kawukawunga – Female Bush Turkey, Jongijongini – Eastern Reef Egret and Wayayi – Bush Curlew. […]

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In the Frame

  Featuring new work by Anne McMaster, Jacqueline Gribbin and Winsome Jobling. Plus from the stockroom, a selection of framed prints reduced for the months of December and January and unframed prints from Northern Editions print making studio. Contact the Gallery for more information 08 8981 6382.   View works on the online gallery:   Anne […]

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Mayeng – Bush Tucker

  An exhibition of ochre paintings, ceramics, prints and textiles by Miriwoong artist Gloria Mengil from Waringarri Arts in the Kimberly. The images represent her favourite bush tucker (bush plum and bush peanut), and evoke memories of the nostalgic joy of gathering these foods as a child with her family.   In her work Gloria […]

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New prints from Yirrkala Print Space: 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. […]

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Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani (past, present future)

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 […]

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Karridjowkke Kunronj – Crossing Streams

  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 Kunronj – Crossing 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 […]

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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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