Aboriginal art exhibitions are on display at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, 47 High Street, Fremantle - Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm and Sat & Sun 12-5pm. There is no entrance fee to view the exhibitions.

All are welcome to join us for the free opening Friday night event at 6.30pm. There is a short talk about the exhibition and the artists may be present.

Online art exhibition links are accessible below for those not able to attend the gallery. Advance viewing and purchasing of exhibition works is available to subscribers of the Japingka Newsletter.

Polly Ngale & Kathleen Ngale

Gallery 1

15 May – 25 June 2020

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Painters from Ampilatwatja

Gallery 2

15 May – 25 June 2020

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The Ochre Story – Warmun Artists

24 July – 26 August 2020

Warmun Art Centre presents a survey exhibition of major ochre paintings from its senior artists produced over the past 8 years. Artists represented in the exhibition include Patrick Mung Mung, Mabel Juli, Rusty Peters, Shirley Purdie, Phyllis Thomas, Peggy Patrick, Churchill Cann, Beryline Mung, Tommy Carroll and Gordon Barney.

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Paintings from the Numina Sisters

3 April – 8 May 2020

Five sisters from the talented Numina family of artists have painted aspects of their ancestral country and their cultural ties to the land. Five main stories emerge from the paintings. Bush Seeds – My Country, Bush Medicine Leaves, Water Dreaming, Dingo Dreaming and Emu Dreaming. Artworks are presented by Sharon, Selina, Louise,, Caroline and Lanita Numina.

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Cup of Joy

3 April – 8 May 2020

Giving insight into new artists and some of the Rising Stars of the Aboriginal art world, this exhibition features artworks that are both affordable and visually joyful. The artists’ use of colour and form stimulates our senses as they create images based around significant cultural stories and beliefs.

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Anangu Artists – We Carry Story in our Hearts

14 February – 25 March 2020

Anangu artists from the Pitjantjatjarra lands have developed powerful imagery to convey the importance of culture and country in their artworks. Structure and colour define the style developed by these artists in their expressions of Jukurrpa, the great Creation stories that laid down the Law and the meaning in the landscape as the Ancestors made their epic journeys across the lands.

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Watercolour Landscapes – Central Australia

14 February – 25 March 2020

The Namatjira school of watercolour painting from Central Australia developed as a distinctive style of Aboriginal artwork during the 1930s. 85 years later exponents of the Hermannsburg style carry on the tradition, with most artists being direct descendants of the original group of artists who formed around Albert Namatjira. The exhibition is presented in association with Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre

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Tarisse King & Sarrita King

1 November – 20 December 2019

Layered paintings of fine dot-work define the artworks of sister painters Tarisse and Sarrita King. Now they have their studios 5,000 kms apart but continue to produce their artworks that bind their lives and their connections to country and family.

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Bright dot potting in purples and yellows by Balgo artist Patsy Mudgedell.

Wirrimanu Balgo Artists

1 November – 20 December 2019

Balgo artists from Warlayirti exhibited at Japingka Gallery in 1999 to celebrate the opening of the new art centre which was recently completed in the community. Dancers, singers, elders and artists attended the event and performed part of the ceremony for the Luurnpa Kingfisher Dreaming story that is crosses through the location of the art centre.

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Fire Country Dreaming – Warlukurlangu Artists

30 August – 22 October 2019

Warlukurlangu Artists draw on the major Jukurrpa narratives that are embedded in their country and provide cultural knowledge and social cohesion within their region. Fire Country Dreaming is one such Jukurrpa story that involves the Blue-tongued Lizard ancestor called Lungkarda. He sets fire to the country as punishment for his sons killing of a sacred kangaroo.

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On the Coast – The Art of Fiona Omeenyo & Rosella Namok

30 August – 22 October 2019

On the Coast: an exhibition by Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok from their homelands on Cape York Peninsula. Fiona Omeenyo captures the coastal lifestyle of her people living at Lockhart River settlement in far North Queensland. Rosella Namok reveals the look of the beach landscape at Lockhart, the ocean horizon with tropical rain and the changing light during the day.

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My Journey through Ingarrda Country

19 July – 20 August 2019

Sonya Edney – My Journey through Ingarrda Country is the artist’s statement about her homelands and her life journey to where she is today. Sonya has been painting for thirty years and now presents her first solo exhibition at Japingka Gallery.

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Bush Garden – Artists of Ampilatwatja

19 July – 20 August 2019

Welcome to the beautiful observations of Country as the artists of Ampilatwatja show you their homelands, with all the bush medicine plants and types of native flora found there. The artists of this small community north-east from Alice Springs have developed their own style to represent country and all the resources that exist there.

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Spirit of Place – Amanda Westley & Kudditji Kngwarreye

5 Apr – 28 May 2019

Spirit of Place, paintings by Amanda Westley and Kudditji Kngwarreye, show the distinctive qualities of their respective homelands using colour and composition to evoke Country. Amanda reveals the south coast on Fleurieu Peninsula while Kudditji captures the moods of the Central Desert.

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Numina Quartet

5 Apr – 28 May 2019

Four sisters from the large Numina family continue to document and paint traditional stories from their family homelands in Central Australia. The sisters Lanita, Caroline, Selina and Sharon are Anmatyerre speakers who grew up on Stirling Station between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

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Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty | Ngete – Ant Hills | Jap 015914

Landscape Colours

8 Feb – 24 March 2019

Indigenous artists represent their Country in the assorted colours of memory and season, here they have pooled their collective output to present a rich and diverse view of their Homelands.

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Pintupi Artists of the Western Desert

8 Feb – 24 March 2019

Pintupi artists have had a profound influence on the development of the Western Desert art movement since it emerged at Papunya in 1971. Contributing artists for this exhibition include George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Warlimpirnnga Tjapaltjarri and his brothers Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri, George Ward Tjungurrayi and Jake Tjapaltjarri.

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Andrea Adamson Tiger – Seven Sisters Dreaming

16 Nov – 22 Dec 2018

Andrea Adamson Tiger is a Pitjantjatjara artist, born at Amata community on the APY Lands in 1973. Andrea paints stories associated with the Seven Sisters songline, an extensive Dreaming track that crosses her country. Her family includes artists Rini Tiger and her grandfather Tiger Palpatja.

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Small is Beautiful

Through January 2019

Small is Beautiful brings together small-scale affordable artworks by Aboriginal artists and communities. Works represented include artists Tarisse King, Gracie Morton, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Jeannie Mills as well as communities at Ampilatwatja in Central Australia and Buku Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala in far north-east tip of Northern Territory.

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Ghost Net Baskets & Bush Dyed Textiles – Groote Eylandt

16 Nov – 22 Dec 2018

Anindilyakwa Artists from c transform ghost nets into woven baskets, changing environmental threats into traditional art forms. The women use plants and dyes found in the bush to dye fabrics which become clothing, scarves and home accessories.

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Painting on Country – Utopia Artists

21 September – 6 November 2018

Utopia artists have asserted their artistic and cultural credentials since the 1980s when the elaborate stories and ceremonies of Alyawarr and Anmatyerre language groups were first painted on canvas. The use of finely dotted designs and detailed stories have bought Utopia artists into prominence in the Aboriginal art world.

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Ann Lane nee Dixon | Pirrnpirrnga – Desert Bore | Jap 015117

Ikuntji Artists – Irrimatitja

21 September – 6 November 2018

Ikuntji Artists group has worked in the community at Haasts Bluff for over 25 years, producing artworks of Ngurra and Tjukurrpa, the Country and Dreamings of the many language groups that live in the community.

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