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Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

A New Way of Telling The Australian Story

It’s not so long ago that the telling of Australian history in schools and cultural institutions was all about the white settlement and European explorers. Just recently I returned to Sydney for the first time in fifteen years and I got to see the extent of change in how Australian history and culture is now…

The Sensational Palette of Jeannie Mills Pwerle

The Sensational Palette of Jeannie Mills Pwerle

  Japingka Gallery recently received some new work by Utopia artist Jeannie Mills Pwerle. Here David Wroth describes why her best work is so highly regarded. This is some of the new work of Jeannie Mills Pwerle. It’s always exciting to get her most recent paintings into the gallery. We’ve had these stunning paintings arrive this week…

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Landscape Colours and Patterns on Show At Japingka

We are excited to start off the year with the Landscape Colours exhibition this Friday night at Japingka. The collection draws together some famous artists’ work sitting alongside the art of some very talented rising stars. 

We wanted to show how Aboriginal people respond to landscape. We also wanted to celebrate the extraordinary diversity in…

Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery Video Library

New video library for Aboriginal art resources

There has been a noticeable and exciting rise in the number of teachers, students and art lovers keen to learn about Australian Aboriginal art. We are also observing that video is increasingly the way that people learn and share this information. YouTube and Vimeo and other video databases can be so large, Japingka has launched…

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Aboriginal Women Speaking About Art, Family & Country

We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down and speak with artists about their work. Japingka exhibits Aboriginal art from forty different regions right across Australia. A quick look at our Artists Page will show you the extraordinary diversity of that art. Our exhibiting artists include artists who live in the cities and towns while others…

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Highlights from our 2016 Indigenous Art Exhibition Program

It’s been a really great year for our exhibition program, probably one of the most eclectic years we’ve ever had. We’ve exhibited a wide range of artists from all around Australia. The program has included artists from indigenous owned and run art centres, as well as independent artists and famous artists from the past. I’d…

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Aboriginal Art Leads A Global Showcase of First Nation Art

Museum Quai Branly in Paris is one of those contemporary museums with a real sense of purpose. The building is designed to get you in the zone for discovering its contents.  It houses a collection of cultural works of First Nations people, or Indigenous people from all around the world. It’s really an ethnographic museum. The museum gives a snapshot of the whole non-Western tradition…

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Science Uses Ochre To Map Ancient Aboriginal Trading Routes

Scientists are looking at the organic makeup of ochre pigments to discover more about the trading routes used by traditional indigenous communities in Australia. The South Australian Museum is using modern spectrometer technology to analyse the types of ochres found on old, possibly pre-contact artefacts. This helps them map the trade routes used by traditional…

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Rosella Namok & Sisters from the Tropical North

We are excited to have an exhibition of works from the Lockhart River Indigenous painters. This group of young women started painting when they were still in their teens. Their work feels very contemporary. It’s innovative and colourful. You walk into the room and these paintings feel so alive. There’s an extrovert quality in the…

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Elsie Napanangka Granites – Shimmering Maps of An Ancient Land

We have a powerful new exhibition of paintings by senior artist Elsie Napanangka Granites. They are about the women’s ceremonial site and it’s impossible not to be moved by them. The series is called Mina Mina Jukurrpa, the women’s Dreaming stories. It’s associated with a very big salt lake in the central Tanami Desert. There…

Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves

Japingka Takes On A New Name

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 the art industry…

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Camel Camp and Beyond: Utopia Artists of the Eastern Desert

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

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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 of around 20…

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Josie Petrick Kemarre on Witch Doctors, Family & Art

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 married at 16.…

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 many highlights it is…

NATSIAA 2016 Aboriginal Art award presentations

NATSIAA 2016 – Exciting Times for Indigenous Art in Darwin

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 year. They seem to…

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Warlpiri Star Gazers Dazzle at Japingka

Alma Granites Seven Sisters Dreaming November 19, 2014 by David Wroth It would be fair to say that we’re all a little starstruck right now at Japingka as we’re hanging the paintings for our Warlpiri Star Gazers exhibition. It’s not surprising that the contemporary Aboriginal art movement bought us a number of artists who passionately follow…