• Minga tjuta (tourists) climbing Uluru by Niningka Lewis
  • Tjulpu kulunypa by Carlene Thompson
  • Piltati by Tjimpuna Williams
  • Kampurarpa - Bush tomato by Elizabeth Dunn

Our Country in Clay

02 June - 24 June 2017


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 the Pukatja Pottery Studio the works featured include both hand built and thrown forms and the use of terra sigillata (a locally collected unrefined clay slip). The works depict stories of tjukurpa (law) and ngura (country), including the important Seven Sisters dreaming, tjulpu (bird), tjala (honey ant) and kumparumpa (bush tomato) tjukurpa as well as depictions of mission days stories.


‘Ara irititja (long ago) we told our stories in the sand, women sitting down, sharing stories of law and country. Today we tell these stories through painting, weaving and also in clay. We mark our pots with tjukurpa, cultural stories that tell us of our ancestors and guide our way of life. We create walka (line, pattern/design) that celebrate our country, all the beautiful colours, animals and mai wiru (good food).’


Tjunkaya Tapaya, senior artist and Ernabella Arts Chair

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  • Chattering, drypoint on handmade paper by Winsome Jobling
  • Radiate, drypoint on handmade paper by Winsome Jobling
  • Message, drypoint on handmade paper by Winsome Jobling
  • Palmistry, drypoint on handmade paper by Winsome Jobling

Humilis By Winsome Jobling

05 May - 27 May 2017


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


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  • Family always looking out for each other, etching by Trudy Inkamala
  • Kungka kutjara, etching by Trudy Inkamala
  • Two blue birds, etching by Trudy Inkamala
  • Long bird, etching by Trudy Inkamala

Where worlds come together

07 April - 29 April 2017


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


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