‘Secret World: Carnivorous plants of the Howard sand sheets’ is an art exhibition focusing on the unique Bladderworts that thrive on the Howard Sand Plains near Darwin.
The Howard sand sheets host a number of unique and threatened plant and animal species including rare carnivorous plants (Utricularia species) and the Howard River Toadlet.
In 2015 a group of artists and scientists gathered during peak flowering, near the end of the wet season, to investigate the complex species that flourish through their own ingenuity, yet are vulnerable to outside forces.
Darwin based artists Winsome Jobling, Sarah Pirrie, Jasmine Jan, Karen Mills, and Jacqueline Gribbin joined botanical specialists Dr Greg Leach and Emma Lupin from Greening Australia NT who explained the unique nature of the site, identified plants and lead field trips to key environmental hot spots.
The result is a deeply researched and highly creative artistic response to a rare and delicate environment on Darwin’s doorstep.
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Warmun Art Centre and Nomad Art present LIVELY—a new series of etchings by Gija artists produced with Basil Hall Editions.
LIVELY is a term in Kimberley Kriol that describes an energetic way of doing something. It’s a boisterous and confident way of getting into it, getting something happening and getting going, with strong connotations of happiness.
Lena Nyadbi, Mabel Juli, Peggy Patrick, Shirley Purdie and Gordon Barney and Sade Carrington are all artists whose personal characters and artistic practices are always lively. They are lively for art, language and story. They’re lively for flowing rivers, fishing and bush tucker. They’re lively for children, family and camping out under the winter stars. And they’re lively for song, dance and Country. This exuberance for life beams through in their most recent prints.
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The Stone Dialogues are a series of etchings exploring the relationship we have with matter from deep time. Stones bear witness, of their formation, of events, of humans and non-humans tracking across the surface. What can they reveal to us as we caress them in their manifold shapes and sizes? In dialogue with this vibrant material I learn about presence, weight and gravity, edges and shadows, time and porousness, chance, and surprisingly, love. What is it about this material that pulls me to it?
From Mirima National Park in WA to Kunanyi/Mt Wellington in Hobart I explore the rock formations that lie at the edges of towns. The rocks were once a layer, a mark of an event in time, now broken and reformed. They reveal a history of form and formlessness, a continuous becoming and changing. They have been sea-beds, sand dunes, rock shelters and quarries, revealing multiple histories and possibilities. Stones fold and crack, revealing the pressures that push up from below whilst water ceaselessly erodes, finding pathways in irregularities. Touching a stone, be it a boulder or a pebble, brings into the present moment deep time, slowing us down and revealing our momentary passage on the track.
Jan Hogan 2015
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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 […]
Digital designs on linen from Speargrass Textiles 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 have been created over 20 years and thousands of kilometres. The exhibition features two series of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]