• Lightning and rock, by Nongirrnga Marawili
  • Mowdarri, etching by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
  • Seven Sisters, lithograph by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
  • Seven Sisters, lithograph by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

Recent prints from Buku Larrnggay Mulka

07 November - 29 November 2014

Recent prints from Yirrkala Print Workshop feature etchings, lithographs, linocuts and screenprints by leading Yolngu artists which are a reflection of their culture, ingenuity, skill and artistic vision.


Buku Larrnggay Mulka has a long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier Indigenous art centres and printmaking studios. The artists have established a national reputation for their work, having won many of Australia’s major Indigenous art prizes.


Buku Larrnggay Mulka is one of the few art centres in Australia to establish and maintain a dedicated print workshop, which is staffed by Indigenous printmakers. In the last fifteen years the Centre has produced a wide range of linocuts, screen prints, etchings, lithographs, and collographs. While the artists are respectful of the discipline of miny’tji (sacred design) the nature of the printmaking process has allowed them to experiment more freely with colour, imagery, concepts and design without compromising their spiritual identity. Many of the artists who have worked in the print workshop are women who have been leaders in innovation and change.


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  • Conglomerate, watercolour and pencil
  • Uplifted, watercolour and pencil
  • Lava, watercolour and pencil
  • Lithified detritus, watercolour and pencil


08 November - 30 October 2014

Down at Vesteys Beach, embedded in the sand and silt, is a collection of sedimentary rocks known as conglomerates. These conglomerates are the result of massive earth forming events across millenia. Consequently they have been deformed, metamorphosed and intruded by post-tectonic granitic and mafic rocks. Fragments of shells bear witness to habitation from a Precambrian marine transgression.


Vesteys Beach conglomerates are time capsules that interact with the dynamics of present day conditions. These rocks gently release their particles undergoing transformation as waves and erosion free captured granite or shell to mingle with other shoreline debris.


Our shorelines today are littered with flotsam and jetsam: plastic bottles, aluminium cans, polystyrene, fishing wire, drinking straws, spent party poppers, weather balloons and the like.. The tide reveals their presence temporarily before they are  impassively reclaimed. Debris is crushed and deformed, crumpled and pushed forward to settle on our ocean floors, be eaten by marine life or absorbed into the growth cycle of spongers, corals and molluscs. As sedimentary materials they express the intersection of human history and geological time. Marine transgressions made by us, washed ashore before forming part of our future cultural geology.


Sarah Pirrie 2014


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  • Philip Gudthaykudthay, Gunyunmirringa, screenprint on fabric
  • Roy Burnyila, Warmyu Dhawu (Flying Fox Story), screenprint on fabric
  • Robyn Djunginy, Bottles, screenprint on fabric
  • Bula'bula Arts exhibition at Nomad Art

Galico (Fabric)

03 October - 01 November 2014


Galico is the word for fabric in the Gupapuyngu language, one of the many languages and dialects used throughout Arnhem Land. Galico is derived from the word ‘calico’, which was bought to Arnhem Land by the Macassans from Indonesia – who visited and traded with the Yolngu for hundreds of years before white contact.


This exhibition at Nomad Art will showcase reprinted designs from the long history of textile printing at Bula’bula Arts, and will also launch a range of new and innovative designs from the senior Artists of Ramingining. Luscious fabrics and opulent colourways will bring these sacred designs to life.


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  • Fleshing out my cave, ink on paper, 130 x 150 cm
  • Swallow in the undergrowth, ink on paper, 42 x 42 cm
  • Smother in moss, ink on paper, 42 x 42 cm
  • Pull up roots, ink on paper, 42 x 42 cm

Botany of the Heart

05 September - 27 September 2014

Inspired by the mangroves and tropical ecologies of Darwin, Talitha Kennedy has taken the aesthetic of fecundity to heart. Talitha’s drawings are elaborate ink on paper doodles, working between conscious thought and raw instinct to evoke intimate landscapes suggestive of plant, body and earth as transforming mass.


Her artistic practice examines the human relationship with wild nature. Living in the tropics has resulted in direct and tangible influence on her art. Drawings and sculptures interpret the aesthetics of fecundity and the tension between human culture and natural forces.


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Exhibitions Archive

Bush Life

Bush Life is an exciting new exhibition by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers that explores elements of life in the remote communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands of Central Australia.   These quirky grass sculptural works are a physical representation of the everyday items that hold significance to the artists including motorcars, helicopters, guitars, […]

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Yuta (New): a continuing tradition of youth art from Yirrkala

In 2014 the print studio at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka began with an influx of new emerging artists and young trainee printmakers. The print space has always maintained a policy to employ and train local Yolngu in the art of printmaking to ensure that Yolngu printmakers edition the prints created by Yolngu artists.   This year Munuy’ngu […]

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Prints and fabrics from Far North Queensland

Tropical Northern Queensland is an environment rich in cultural and natural diversity where tropical rain forests, wetlands and estuarine mangroves meet the Torres Strait.   Likewise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is rich and symbolic. Diversity and artistic innovation abounds through contemporary artworks, including etchings, linocuts, ceramics, textiles and ghost net weavings.   Artists […]

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Yaninpala Yirwarrawanna Kutjupa Ngurrarrakutu – Walking the Path

Warlayirti Artists are well known for their beautiful, high quality artworks including limited edition prints. Since 2002, there has been a long-standing collaboration between the Balgo artists and the printers from Northern Editions in Darwin. This partnership has resulted in numerous editions of etchings and screenprints and in more recent times has expanded to include […]

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Kieren Karritypul is a highly talented emerging artist from Merrepen Arts at Nauiyu Community on the Daly River. Karritypul paints subjects associated with the traditional culture and knowledge of his family heritage. This exhibition includes recent paintings, prints and fabric designed by this exciting new artist in his first solo exhibition.   I have grown […]

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Lorna Naparulla Fencer (dec)

Yulyurlu Lorna Fencer Napurrurla was a Warlpiri artist from Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory.  Born in the 1920’s, she began painting in 1986 and quickly developed a signature style of vivid colour and liberal use of paint. She soon became one of the most sought after artists in the region, with […]

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Printmaking at Maningrida

Maningrida Arts and Culture is a community of artists from approximately 34 outstations in East Arnhem Land. The Art Centre was established in the early 1970’s and is continually on the forefront of innovation and artistic endeavor reflecting the diversity of languages and cultures of the region.   Maningrida artists first made prints in the […]

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What Lies Beneath

In this exhibition Merran Sierakowski presents hostile fishes that surround the Australian coastline. The fishes are a metaphor for the unwelcoming treatment of refugees to our shores; they represent old prejudices and fears, much as images of monsters were depicted on medieval maps of imagined lands.   Merran Sierakowski is a prolific artist who consistently […]

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Earth: works in paper

In this exhibition, Winsome Jobling reflects upon the exploitation of Earth and questions the increasing imbalance of the human – nature relationship. Through rich organic images Jobling explores the nature of landscapes that have been disemboweled by human activity, leaving scars and exit wounds that may never be healed. The works consist of handmade paper […]

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