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  • Kurun Warun On Country, Choices & Living Culture

    Interview with Kurun Warun at the launch of his solo exhibition at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery - February 2017. Kurun's family ancestry includes Truganini and he comes from the same tribe as Lionel Rose. Given his first set of boxing gloves at the age of two, he grew up learning ...

  • Microscopes, Paint Brushes & the Bones of Life

    Professor Nadia Rosenthal has a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School. She is an award winning cell biologist and passionate Aboriginal art collector. Nadia is currently Scientific Director and Professor at The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics. She is described as "a superb scientist, a keen intellect, an outstanding ...

  • The Vivid Colours of The Tanami Desert

    We love exhibiting the Tanami Desert artists and we have a new collection ready to go from Yuendumu and Nyirripi. We've had some wonderful paintings over the years from Alma Nungarrayi Granites. These are the amazing Star Dreaming stories that her family are custodians for. Also for this year's exhibition we have ...

  • Jimmy Pike’s Art In The Market Place

    The commercialisation of Jimmy Pike's artwork onto lifestyle products in the late 1980's was part of a much bigger design movement in Australia. There were quite a few other artistic figures who were giving us an Australian identity on everyday items, taking Australian design onto products that we wore and ...

  • Kurun Warun – Stones, Eels and Harmonious Landscape

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    Kurun Warun is an indigenous artist whose family originally comes from the western coastal region of Victoria. This is his first solo exhibition in Western Australia. He's produced some fantastic images where we experience the feeling of being in the Australian landscape, and other paintings that refer to ceremonial traditions in Aboriginal society. A ...

  • Exploring Aboriginal Art in School Visual Art Programs

    It's exciting to see the new Australian curriculum including more emphasis on indigenous art and culture. We have gathered three resources that explore very different approaches to exploring Aboriginal art in schools within the visual arts program. The first is the Bush Medicine Lesson Plans developed by primary visual arts teacher Ana ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Elsie Napanangka Granites – Shimmering Maps of An Ancient Land

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    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 ...

  • 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 ...