• Tropical Louvre panel 1, etching, 45cm x 60cm, 2015
  • Tropical Louvre panel 2, etching, 45cm x 60cm, 2015
  • Tropical Louvre panel 6, etching, 45cm x 60cm, 2015
  • Tropical Louvre panel 7, etching, 45cm x 60cm, 2015

Tropical Louvres

04 September - 26 September 2015


The images portrayed in this exhibition are inspired by the natural habitats of the Tiwi Islands including coastal mangroves and coral. Other elements that influence Anne McMaster’s art are the changing nature of the seasons, the beautiful Island light and the contemporary Island culture of AFL football.


This body of work is the result of a Masters of Fine Art research through Monash University, carried out while living on Melville Island. McMasters exploration of the printmaking methodology has culminated with etched and stencilled images symbolising this environment as seen through the louvred windows of her studio.


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  • Louvres and Floorboards, digital print on linen
  • Louvres and Floorboards, digital print on linen
  • Louvres and Floorboards, digital print on linen
  • Louvres and Floorboards, digital print on linen

Louvres and Floorboards

05 September - 26 September 2015


Digital designs on linen by Bobby Ruben


Bobbie Ruben captures the essence of Darwin’s elevated, tropical homes where intelligent design is paired with the beauty of horizontal, vertical and diagonal line. Delivering simple functionality with the elegance of frosted 1960’s louvres ensure these homes are a joy to live in. Their beauty and meaning are engrained in her textiles.


Bobbie Ruben is a practicing printmaker, lecturer and textile designer who collaborates with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and students in the development of textile designs, and limited edition prints on paper. She has facilitated and collaborated with artists on high profile textile design commissions,fashion and textile performances. This work has achieved national and international recognition, won national art awards and created exciting opportunities for artists and Art Centres. Speargrass Textiles, formed in 2001, incorporates Bobbie’s distinct textile designs. Bobbie is currently enrolled in a PhD at James Cook University in the area of collaborative Indigenous textile work.


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  • Rock Art, collograph by Cuisak Nango
  • Mimi Spirit, etching by John Lemibanda
  • Rainbow Serpent, etching by John Lemibanda
  • Two Waterlilies, lino cut by Belinda Dandjamerr

Children’s Ground: New prints by artists of Kakadu

05 September - 26 September 2015


From Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu National Park, this exhibition of lino-cuts, collographs, dry points and etchings features artists with cultural connections to the region spanning tens of thousands of years. The art work is based on rock art traditions and cultural and natural imagery.


Printmaking workshops have been facilitated in Kakadu by the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation since 2011. The aim of these workshops to local youth and artists is for the skills learnt to stay within the community and artistic practice enriched. The printing is now being facilitated through Children’s Ground and is inclusive of artists from Djirrbiyuk, Madjinbardi and Manabadduma in Kakadu. Children’s Ground is an organisation that responds to the cultural, social and economic needs of the communities.


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  • Lightning and the Rock, etching by Nongirrnga Marawili
  • Maccassan Prahu, etching by Dhuwarrwarr Marika
  • Ganybu, etching by Rerrkirrwanga Munungurr
  • Riyala, etching by Mulkun Wirrpanda

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

06 August - 29 August 2015


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, twenty years later, the wheel of that etching press has turned full circle. Yirrkala Print Space is one of the country’s most highly respected independent print studios. Yolngu printmakers have editioned over 800 etchings, screenprints, woodblocks, linocuts and collagraphs created by 134 Yolngu artists. The space has never been idle over that twenty years and has at all times been staffed by Yolngu printmakers who have passed on their knowledge to new generations.


This exhibition of 20 new etchings honours the imagery and heritage of the artists. The works reflect the traditions and culture of their people yet is brimming with innovation and originality. Over 20 years the artists of Yirrkala Print Space have revolutionised the way art is made and the way knowledge is shared with the public. Their philosophy is highly democratic and the prints highly accessible,  transforming art into new realms and creating a revolution in every sense.


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  • Freddie and Gavin Namarnyilk at the exhibition
  • Ngarrbek (Echidna), ochre on paper by Allan Nadjamerrek
  • An-kardid (Braid Fern), acrylic on paper by Lorraine Kabbindi White
  • Manwak (Melastoma polyanthum), ochre on paper by Gavin Namarnyilk

Manme Mayh: Gardens of the Stone Country III

03 July - 25 July 2015


Manme Mayh: Gardens of the Stone Country III explores the links between Indigenous cultural heritage, environment and aesthetic traditions of artists from the Stone Country of western Arnhem Land through food and plants (manme) and animals (mayh).


The artists in this exhibition represent a small and unique group of painters who are actively maintaining the distinctive practise associated with the traditions of rock art painting in western Arnhem Land and the knowledge it purveys. The artists are Allan Nadjamerrek, Lorraine Kabbindi White, Gavin Namarnyilk, Freddie Nadjawulu Nadjamerrek, Graham Badari and Don Namundja.


The Stone Country of western Arnhem Land also known as the plateau country adjoins Kakadu National Park. The rocky outcrops of the escarpment dominate the landscape while adjacent flood plains, permanent rivers and billabongs are abundant with life of countless species of animals and plants.


Manme Mayh: Gardens of the Stone Country III focuses on the native plants and animals integral to the culture and traditions of the Kunwinjku speaking people and the spirit figures associated with them. The exhibition highlights cultural associations the Kunwinjku people have with species that include the emu, fruit bats, the kangaroo, black wallaroo, Oenpelli python, water lilies, crocodiles, turtles, fishes, yams, and other plants that provide both food and tools.


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