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  • Japingka Takes On A New Name

    Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves

    Today is a big day for us at Japingka. We've officially changed our name to Japingka Aboriginal Art. Previously we went under the name Japingka Gallery. As you may know, Aboriginal art has been our primary focus for over thirty years.  Nothing has changed in our passion and commitment. What has changed is that ...

  • Camel Camp and Beyond: Utopia Artists of the Eastern Desert

    Susan Pitjara Hunter | Awely - Body Paint 180 x 180 cm Jap 013016

    Exhibition Opening on Friday 2nd September, 6:30pm in Gallery 1 Camel Camp is one of about twenty outstation camps on the Utopia Homelands. These small settlements have been the basis of family life for the Alywarr and Anmatyerr people who first gained freehold rights to the Utopia lands in 1978. The ...

  • Art & Life at Camel Camp on Utopia Homelands

    Sonja Chalmers is the co-ordinator of an independent arts centre at Camel Camp, Utopia. Here she talks about her work with the artists. Can you tell us a bit about Camel Camp? Camel Camp is on Utopia, an Aboriginal freehold property about 250 kilometers northeast of Alice Springs. Camel Camp is one ...

  • Josie Petrick Kemarre on Witch Doctors, Family & Art

    Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre

    Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre is an Anmatyerre-speaking artist from Central Australia. She divides her time between her family's traditional land and the town of Alice Springs. In this interview she talks about seeing a witch doctor, her painting and family. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Santa Teresa and left when I was ...

  • George Tuckerbox: Rare Maps of A Lost Desert Land

    George Tuckerbox: Rare Maps of A Lost Desert Land

    Artist George Tuckerbox has seen the ancient and the ultra modern. He can remember first contact with white people. He's been a stockman and drover, worked with bullock teams, been a ceremonial singer and performer and an exhibiting artist.  He has been through droughts and driving cyclonic rains. He's performed traditional dance in Tokyo. In a full life with ...

  • NATSIAA 2016 – Exciting Times for Indigenous Art in Darwin

    NATSIAA 2016 Aboriginal Art award presentations

    Ian Plunkett looks back at the NATSIAA 2016 Art Awards and associated Aboriginal art events in Darwin. I'm just back from Darwin Art Fair and it was great. It was one of the best Art Fairs for quite a few years.The Telstra Art Awards, or NATSIAA, were of a particularly high standard this ...

  • In Conversation With Maria Josette Orsto

    1 At work in the studio - Maria Josette Orsto

    Maria Josette Orsto is an artist from the Tiwi Islands. These islands are part of the Northern Territory in Australia. They are 80 km to the north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. In this conversation Maria talks about her art and life on the Tiwi Islands. Can you tell me about your favorite ...

  • Maria Josette Orsto and Art From the Tiwi Islands

    3 Maria Josette Orsto, Miyinga Tunga

    We've just put up some impressive ochre paintings by Maria Josette Orsto. She's using some of the ceremonial designs from Tiwi Islands in her work. This artist has a strong family tradition of painting and design. Maria has worked as an artist from a young age, helping out her father Declan Apuatimi with his painting ...

  • Ngukurr Community Artists Have Something Special

    Ngukurr Artists Ceremonial Bones

    I've just been hanging the new work from Ngukurr Community in south-east Arnhem Land. What an amazing community of artists. There are nine different language and culture groups all living in the one place. One of the my favourite works is a painting of the painted bones. This is about the whole ceremonial ...

  • Sarrita King: Fire And What It Is To Be Human

    Sarrita King - Fire

    In this interview Sarrita King talks about the Elements series and the Fire story, as well as the influences of her father William King Jungala and sister Tarisse King. I'll tell you a story. It brings a smile to my face because it's so much about my Dad. He would always invite people ...

  • Jade Dolman’s Passion For Aboriginal Art Education

    Mural West Primary School West Beechboro

    Perth artist and educator Jade Dolman was barely out of high school when she realised her passion for indigenous art education. Through her consultancy J D Penangke she runs school workshops to get children excited about Aboriginal art and culture. Here she talks about her own indigenous background and what she ...

  • Sarrita & Tarisse King – Reflecting On Gurindji and Wave Hill

    Sarrita King - Gurindji Mirrwula 012631

    Our next exhibition at Japingka Gallery features new works by Sarrita King and Tarisse King, opening 8th April 2016 in Fremantle. This year both Tarisse and Sarrita are thinking about their father William King Jungala, and about his country around Wave Hill. This place is about 600 kilometres south of Darwin ...

  • Ana Nail – Curriculum, Aboriginal Art and Intent

    Geographe Primary School Visual Arts teacher Ana Nail has a passion for helping her students understand Aboriginal art. Her work in this area has been recognised by a WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year award. Ana contributes to both National and State arts curriculum development. In this interview Ana ...

  • How I Curate An Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Japingka

    Curating An Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Japingka

    I’ve been curating Aboriginal art at Japingka for thirty years and in that time I’ve never had to explain to anyone what I’m doing. A friend dropped by the other day and commented on how very different the room feels with some new paintings up. Our summer exhibition has been hanging ...

  • Remarkable Contemporary Aboriginal Fine Dot Painting

    Waru Tjukurrpa – Fire Dreaming

    In this article Japingka's Ian Plunkett discusses the work of five contemporary fine dot artists. When it comes to fine dot painting, I definitely have my own favourites. These are people who I admire and whose technique is taking this exciting style of art in a slightly different direction. Jorna Newberry Jorna is ...