• Lightning and The Rock screenprint by Nonggirrnga Marawili
  • Lightning and The Rock, lithograph by Nonggirrnga Marawili
  • Dhanaya, lithograph by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
  • Red Lines, etching by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

Gapan 2016: New prints from Yirrkala Print Space

03 September - 01 October 2016

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 Wirrpanda, Garawan Wanambi, Marrnyula Mununggurr, Malaluba Gumana, Banduk Marika, Ishmael Marika and Dundiwuy #2 Mununggurr.

The 2016 Gapan print selection includes lithographs, screenprints, linocuts and etchings produced in collaboration with  Sean Smith, The Ownership Project, Adrian Kellett and Virginia University as part of Artist in Residency Program at Kluge-­Ruhe Museum of Aboriginal Art, Charlottesville, USA.

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  • Mulkun Wirrpanda at John Wolseley Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre
  • Yirriŋaŋiŋ, Muwuka and Buwukul, woodcut by John Wolseley
  • Rakay #4, relief print on mulberry paper by Mulkun Wirrpanda
  • Dilminyin, relief print on mulberry paper by Mulkun Wirrpanda

The Midawarr – Harvest Series

05 August - 24 August 2016


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 has lived and worked all over the continent and is known for his large scale works on paper which relate the minutiae of plant, bird and insect to the greater movements of the earth’s geological and ecological systems.


Wolseley and Wirrpanda first met in 2009 in Baniyala, east Arnhem Land. Both artists were part of a group of Yolngu and visiting artists working on the cross-cultural project and touring exhibition Djalkiri: we are standing on the their names   Blue Mud Bay organised by Nomad Art Productions in Darwin.


Since 2009 they have spent a week or two together each year in the Miwatj region in Midawarr, the harvest season. The two have hunted rare plants, painted them; and eaten the unique tropical yams and tubers. Wirrpanda has now compiled comprehensive series of barks and larrakitj about the poorly recognised food plants of northeast Arnhem Land. Her mission is to renew the knowledge of these plants for future generations. Since 2009 John Wolseley has also been making woodcuts and large works on paper about the same plants and landscape.


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  • Aaron McTaggart, Awarrapun - Crocodile Design, two plate etching.
  • Kieren Karritpul, Kala Damuy - Red Root, etching with soft ground red root.
  • Kieren Karritpul, Yerrgi – Pandanus Bundles, three plate etching.
  • Gracie Kumbi, Merrepen - Sand Palm, two plate etching.

Kidin – Time of Plenty

04 August - 27 August 2016

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 Merrepen artists participated in an innovative etching project with master print maker Basil Hall. The outcome is a collection of 18 beautiful images celebrating the biological diversity and cultural associations of the Daly River Region by: Aaron McTaggart, Kieren Karritpul, Patricia Marrfurra McTaggart AM, Christina Yambeing, Margaret Gilbert, Marita Sambono, Louise Pandella, Gracie Kumbi, Troy Madigan and Philip Wilson

The title Kidin (meaning the abundance of life after the wet season) is symbolic of life and nature of the tropical north of Australia. The collection of colour plate etchings creates a highly innovative and unique portrayal of both the environment and the traditional knowledge of the Ngan’gi people with an emphasis on traditional language and association with plants and animals.

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