• Coward Springs Flora 2, nature print on watercolour, 37 x 39 cm
  • Coward Springs Flora 3, nature print on watercolour, 38 x 20.5 cm
  • Longicorn Beetle Umwelt 1, monotype wood block on watercolour
  • Umwelt of the Wood Borer, wood block print 15 x 20 cm

The Secret Lives of Plants and Insects

04 June - 27 June 2015


In this exhibition John Wolseley explores complex life forces and leads the viewer into the umwelt or life world of plants and insects.


The Secret Lives of Plants and Insects includes watercolours, etchings, wood blocks and ‘nature’ prints that span over 20 years and thousands of kilometres. The exhibition features two series of mono prints on mulberry and gampi paper in which Wolseley has taken prints of desert plants and the tracks of beetle larvae as they bore the wood under the bark of trees.


Wolseley uses an ancient Italian technique to print the complex tracks and journeys directly from the subjects themselves, so revealing a whole life story. In the first series of mono prints we are led into the umwelt or life world of grubs as they wander for years in the dark interior of the tree, and then metamorphose into longicorn beetles. The beetles then fly over the sand dunes and feast on the black clouds of seeds flung out by the ripe desert plants.


The second series of prints depict purslane seedlings which have emerged from the sand, turned bright green and then red, exploded their seed pods,and inked in the same colours by the artist.Other images take us on a journey through central and northern Australia to the Indonesian archipelago, celebrating the beauty and diversity of the secret world of plants and animals.

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  • Not Waving Drowning, installation detail
  • Aussie Man-of-War Jelly Fish (Common Full Bottle), wire sculpture, 2015
  • Great and Good Barracuda, wire sculpture, 2015
  • Stunned Mullet Barracuda, wire sculpture, 2015

Not Waving…..Drowning

08 May - 30 May 2015


In this exhibition Merran Sierakowski continues to explore the notion of venomous sea creatures as a metaphor for the increasing ugliness displayed by our nation in the treatment of marginalised members of society. Not waving, but drowning in self-interest and the poison of intolerance. The creatures represent old prejudices and fears, much as images of monsters were depicted on medieval maps of imagined lands.


‘We Australians strangely maintain our belief in our manufactured national character of acceptance and a ‘fair go for all’ through increasingly nationalistic displays of flag waving and national pride. However this attitude is only an outward display. We are allowing ourselves to become mean spirited and intolerant. We are not waving and welcoming. We are not helping each other. We are drowning in self interest’.


Merran Sierakowski 2015


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  • Yerrgi, acrylic on linen, 95 x 125.5 cm, 2015 - $3300
  • Yerrgi - Pandanus, acrylic on linen, 103 x 124 cm, 2015 - $3300
  • Yerr weti walipan, acrylic on linen, 72 x 77 cm, 2015 - SOLD
  • Merrepen, acrylic on linen, 75 x 135 cm, 2015 - SOLD

Kieren Karritpul: Woven Lines

10 April - 02 May 2015

Woven Lines is the second solo exhibition by this exciting young Northern Territory artist. At the age of 21 Kieren Karritpul is a highly talented emerging painter and designer from Merrepen Arts at Nauiyu Community on the Daly River.


In Woven Lines Karritpul continues to explore the minutiae of his line and pattern- making with new complex compositional arrangements and bold synchronisations of colour.


Karritpul paints subjects associated with the traditional culture and knowledge of his clan. In this exhibition he extends his exploration of the woven line in painting and fabric design. Karritpul grew up watching his mother and grandmother collecting, dyeing and weaving pandanus and sand palm (merrepen) fibre. As they worked he would listen to the stories they told about the traditional culture and heritage of his people.


As a young contemporary artist Karritpul has transformed his knowledge of weaving and dying into intricate and colourful paintings. His images incorporate the pattern of pandanus bundles, woven baskets, coolamon and fish traps, while the colours of his paintings emulate rich and beautiful natural fibre dyes. The works not only pay homage to Karritpul’s culture and heritage, but extend boundaries of contemporary visual expression.


In 2014 Karritpul won the Youth Award for his screenprint on linen titled Yerrgi, at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. In 2015 Karritpul was a finalist for the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards, Charles Darwin University Arts Award.


Read the catalogue essay by Maurice O’Riordan


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  • Kurtal, etching by Dolly Jukuja Snell, 19.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Kurrkapi, etching by Lisa Uhl, 19.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Plants around Japirnka, etching by Rosie Tarco King, 19.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Turtujarti (walnut trees), screen print by Lisa Uhl, 76 x 57 cm

Everybody’s Prints – New Work from Mangkaja Arts

10 April - 02 May 2015

Nomad Art and Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency are proud to present a new body of prints created in partnership with Basil Hall Editions in 2014. These new etchings and screen prints represent traditional connections Mangkaja artists have to the Kimberley region.


Typically diverse in style, the etchings are reminiscent of the seminal drypoint prints created by Mangkaja artists at Northern Editions with Basil and Leon Stainer during the Kaltja/Business Conference in 1996. Artworks depict important sites and natural resources including waterholes and many varieties of plant food.


Mangkaja artists began printmaking in 1994 with Martin King from the Australian Print Workshop (APW) in Melbourne. The artists produced a wide variety of images in the first workshop at Mangkaja Arts and have sustained a strong printmaking practice since, resulting in works being acquired by various public and private collections, including the British Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria.


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  • Big Bang, handmade paper, 60 x 42cm
  • Crossing, handmade paper, 60 x 42cm
  • Cataclysm, handmade paper, 60 x 42cm
  • High Water, handmade paper, 42 x 60cm


13 March - 04 April 2015

Earthworks is a continuation of Winsome Jobling’s 2014 exhibition titled Earth. It is a reflection upon the natural changes and movement of the Earth in tandem with human exploitation of natural resources. In Earthworks Jobling moves deeper into the geological transformation of the earth and how this influences our sense of identity, shaping our interactions with the environment. The works consist of handmade paper made from plant materials with earth pigments.


All around us invisible matter forms the visible. Whirling and colliding atoms, electrons, quarks and magnetic fields are the building blocks of everything.

All known things are made up of quarks and electrons tied together by strong magnetic fields.

Nothing is still.

The Earth’s tectonic plates move under our feet about as fast as our hair grows.

Earthworks continue throughout geologic time, constantly moving and changing.

Things collide, always cause and effect, the ceaseless gradual erosion or cataclysmic transformation.

The influence of the natural world on our sense of identity and place has changed and a more active engagement and greater understanding would challenge the complacency of familiarity where we now see the natural world as exploitable object.

By respecting the natural world our interactions might be tempered by a deeper empathy.



The earth pigments I use are sourced from all over the Northern Territory; red sand from Titjikala, grey mud from Cahills Crossing, purple/brown from an abandoned mine near Tennant Creek. All are the worn down remnants of ancient geology.  The charcoal is from bushfires, the ‘bones’ of bushland.

Abaca is a fibre from the non-fruiting banana Musa textilis and is imported from the Philippines part processed, ready to be beaten and formed into paper.

The plant fibre papers using Phalsa (Grewiaasiatica), Stringybark (Eucalyptus tetradonta) and Kapok (Cochlospermumfraseri) are locally sourced and processed.


Winsome Jobling 2015


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