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  • What is the Connection Between the Dreamtime and Songlines?

    The Dreaming is the description of a sacred time that saw the creation of the world as Aboriginal people know it and understand it. Dreamtime is the word used in the English language, but there are many words across the Aboriginal languages, including Tjukurrpa and Ngarrangkarni. Both words mean a ...

  • Did Aboriginal Artists Use Western Art Traditions to Preserve Culture?

    We were recently asked did the contemporary Aboriginal art movement start as a way to meld Western art tradition with Aboriginal culture, for the preservation of that culture? I think the answer is no. I think it's probably the opposite of that. I think the impetus that started the movement came ...

  • Did Contemporary Aboriginal Art Really Start in the 1970s?

    We've had some correspondence from an art teacher in the United States. She was wanting to clarify a few points about Aboriginal art and we've decided to share the questions and our answers. Her first question focused on when contemporary art started. Contemporary Aboriginal painting really established its roots in the ...

  • Edward Blitner New Works – Rarrk Cross-hatching

    We are enjoying having the latest paintings from Eddie Blitner in the gallery. We've shown works from Eddie for the past eight years. It's exciting to see that he's taken his most recent work to a higher level of complexity. And also now working on larger canvases than we've seen ...

  • Symbolism in Aboriginal Art – Thoughts From Sarrita King

    Sarrita King is a well-established Australian artist. Here she talks about recent questions she has had about Aboriginal art symbols, and whether symbols are linked across cultures and universal or more specific to a cultural group. She discusses the origin and meaninoriging of some of the symbols that she and ...

  • Ancestors, Elements, Heritage – Sarrita King & Tarisse King

    Sarrita and Tarisse King are putting new works up for their exhibition, Ancestors, Elements, Heritage, which opens on the 22nd of September. It's always fantastic to see their latest paintings because these two artists work so closely together. At the moment they're physically further apart than they ever have been. Tarisse ...

  • Large Wall Art By Damien & Yilpi Marks

    Where do you find large wall art for spaces like the foyers of contemporary buildings? It's the type of art that will sit well with neutral interiors. It is larger scale art with a warm focus that adds life and energy to a room. The latest works by husband and wife team ...

  • New Indigenous Textiles – The Next Wave

    Ian Plunkett reflects on the 2017 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) in Darwin and the excitement around the re-emergence of Indigenous textiles. You couldn't attend this year's Aboriginal Art Fair without noticing the growing excitement around Indigenous textiles. The colours and textures of fabric and clothing created a fresh energy and ...

  • 2017 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    Japingka Aboriginal Art's Ian Plunkett reflects on the 34TH TELSTRA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) This is Australia’s longest running and the most prestigious Indigenous art award. It aims to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia. It ...

  • Tjunguṉutja – The Stunning Papunya Exhibition

    Tjungunutja Papunya exhibition

    Ian Plunkett reflects on the exhibition of early Papunya works on display in Darwin. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory have put together an extraordinary exhibition of paintings from the early works from Papunya. It is called Tjungunutja which means "having come together". This is a seminal exhibition. I ...

  • A Closer Look At Australia’s Kimberley Rock Art

    Yamiji Aboriginal Rock Art, at Willi Gulli (Bowes River) Near Horrocks

    It's been fascinating to see that recent excavations of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicate humans reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago. This is 18,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought and the information provides more insight into Australia's ancient past. We've been following the work being carried out ...

  • The Yam Dreaming of Lorna Napurrula Fencer

    Yam Dreaming, a 2017 exhibition at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, includes a collection of extraordinary paintings by Lorna Napurrula Fencer. Lorna is a custodian of the Yam Dreaming stories from Yumurrpa, a site in Warlpiri country, to the north of Yuendumu community in Australia's Northern Territory. View: Yam Dreaming Exhibition (Online) Lorna Fencer (1924-2006) ...

  • The Role of Aboriginal Art In Contemporary Interior Design

    Alana Willis is an Interior Design Consultant for Innerspace in Perth. Here she discusses the qualities she believes Aboriginal art brings to contemporary interior design, her role as designer and what she loves about her job. Why did you select some Aboriginal artworks to hang at the Innerspace showrooms in Perth? I ...

  • The Vibrant Colours of Womens’ Yam Dreaming

    Our new exhibition is Yam Dreaming and has ten major artists exhibiting. The theme of the exhibition is based on the Bush Yam, which is a staple of the traditional Aboriginal diet in Central Australia. Because of its importance it has become a dominant theme, a central idea, for a significant group of artists ...

  • Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories – An Overview

    Patrick Tjungurrayi - Tingari

    The Dreamtime is a term that describes unique stories and beliefs that are owned and held by different Aboriginal groups within Australia. The history of the Dreamtime word and its meanings says something about the development of the ideas held about the Aboriginal world, and how they are expressed through art. The ...