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Tjungunutja Papunya exhibition

Tjunguṉutja – The Stunning 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 hope that it tours nationally –  it…

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Kimberley Rock Art – A New Way of Working Together

Professor Peter Veth of the University of WA leads the Kimberley Visions project, involving comparative archaeological documentation and dating of early rock art repertoires from across the Kimberley and western Arnhem Land in northern Australia. In this article, Peter discusses some of the organisations that are contributing to this work and the type of technologies they…

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Kimberley Rock Art – Research In Partnership With Traditional Owners

By: David Wroth, Japingka Gallery and Peter Veth, University of Western Australia, 2016 Professor Peter Veth of the University of WA leads the Kimberley Visions project, involving comparative archaeological documentation and dating of early rock art repertoires from across the Kimberley and western Arnhem Land in northern Australia. In this interview, Peter describes his work with local…

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Kimberley Rock Art – How Meanings Change

Professor Peter Veth of the University of WA leads the Kimberley Visions project, involving comparative archaeological documentation and dating of early rock art repertoires from across the Kimberley and western Arnhem Land in northern Australia. In this interview, Peter explores how the context of rock art and how its meanings can change. How do you describe…

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Kimberley Rock Art – A Traditional Owner’s Perspective

By: David Wroth, Japingka Gallery and Leah Umbagi, Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre, 2017 Leah Umbagai paints Wandjina images, as well as pictures of constellations like the Seven Sisters and Wallungunder. She is also an Executive Councillor for Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre. In this interview, Leah talks about the Kimberley rock art and what…

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Aboriginal Rock Art of the Kimberley – An Overview

By: David Wroth, Japingka Gallery and Peter Veth, University of Western Australia, 2017 Professor Peter Veth of the University of WA leads the Kimberley Visions project, involving comparative archaeological documentation and dating of early rock art repertoires from across the Kimberley and western Arnhem Land in northern Australia. What is Aboriginal rock art? Rock art…

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A Closer Look At Australia’s Kimberley Rock Art

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. Aboriginal Rock Art Located West of Kununurra – Tourism Western Australia…

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How To Choose Art For Your First Apartment

Maya Anderson edits the interior design blog, House Nerd. We asked Maya what advice she would give someone who would like to incorporate Aboriginal art in their first apartment. Here are her tips. If art is important to you, what is the wall colour you should choose? A lot of people will say if art…

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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) was a famous Lajamanu…

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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 wanted something with…

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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 to explore. There is…

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Aboriginal Artists of Western Australia

Sometimes people in the Gallery ask us about West Australian Aboriginal artists and which communities they should look at. We thought it might be useful to review what we have in our collection and give a general description of the communities represented so that people can quickly explore that for themselves.

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Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories – An Overview

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 Dreamtime came into being as a…

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Bush Dyed Textiles From Anindilyakwa Art and Culture on Groote Island

Japingka Gallery is exhibiting some very popular bush dyed textiles from Anindilyakwa Art and Culture on Groote Island. In this interview we talk with Lucy Bond, who is the Centre’s Arts Coordinator, about how the women’s textile project came about and its value to the community. Where is Groote Eylandt? Groote Eylandt is the largest…

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Visiting Art Communities in Australia’s North West

In this interview Japingka’s David Wroth talks with American art collector John about his recent experience of visiting art communities in Australia’s North West. David: It’s great to see you back here in Fremantle. I believe you’ve been flying over the Kimberley to some pretty interesting places. Where have you been and what was it like?…

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Anna Petyarre and the Lands of Central Australia

In Gallery Two, we have a new collection of Anna Petyarre’s latest works, mostly in black and white. These are inspiring paintings – we think these are the finest works she’s painted in the last ten years. Anna Petyarre – Sandhills and River Bed Country Anna is from the famous Petyarre family – Gloria Petyarre…

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Yinjaa-Barni Celebrate Marrga Creation Dreaming Stories

It’s wonderful to have the artists from Yinjaa-Barni as regular exhibitors at Japingka Gallery. They work from their Art Centre in Roebourne and have been developing their art steadily for 15 years or more. One of the features of their work is that they refer to their homelands along the Fortescue River. They tell stories of…

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Stories of Land and Sky By The Possum Sisters

We have really enjoyed hosting this wonderful exhibition by sisters Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi. Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi – Grandmothers Country, Seven Sisters Dreaming Their work from the exhibition Talking about Country continues a tradition that was started by their famous father Clifford Possum. These two artists have employed some of the technical devices…

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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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Guess Which Italian Master Inspired Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun was working as a tiler and Aboriginal dancer when he saw a painting in the Gallery of New South Wales by an Italian master. The light and mood of the work captured his imagination and he kept going back to look at it. An artist friend gave him a canvas and from then…

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Exhibition Showcases Nyoongar Artists in Northam

Exhibition Showcases Nyoongar Artists in Northam Nyoongar artists have opened an exhibition of their work at the Artists Revolution Gallery in Northam. Artists Revolution is a not for profit arts group designed for artists to promote and sell their art in Northam. The project is co-ordinated by artist and facilitator Patricia Rose. She has lived…

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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 to fight, but his true…

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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 teacher, a visionary leader.” Nadia…

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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 many new paintings that…

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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 we carried with us. Names…

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Kurun Warun – Stones, Eels and Harmonious Landscape

Kurun Warun is an Australian 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. Kurun Warun – Dry…

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Jimmy Pike – Remembering His Life & His Art

By: David Wroth, Japingka Gallery, 2017 In this article Japingka’s David Wroth discusses his experience working with Jimmy Pike, commencing at Fremantle Prison during the early 1980’s. After Jimmy left prison they continued to work together through the marketing of Jimmy’s work with Desert Designs. David talks about Jimmy’s working process and the elements that you’ll see…

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 Nail for use in…

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Seton College Aboriginal Culture Program

By: David Wroth, Japingka Gallery, 2016 Jade Dolman is an indigenous artist and educator. In this interview she talks about a program exploring indigenous culture at Seton Catholic College in Perth, Western Australia. How did the Seton College project come about? Sophie Jaques, art teacher at Seton College got in touch with me. She was looking for an…

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Seton College Visual Arts Project

By: David Wroth, Japingka Gallery, 2016 Sophie Jaques is a Visual Arts teacher at Seton Catholic College in Perth. In 2016 she initiated a project for the Year 7 class.  Aboriginal art and culture were explored across whole school year in several subjects. Here she describes how the project came about and how it worked. Can…