Situated 4560 kms north east of Perth lies Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, home to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre, a powerhouse of internationally recognised artists whose Yolngu (language) stems from their deep connection to land and sea.
Spanning the two Engine Rooms at Turner Galleries this exhibition will include barks and larrakitj – memorial poles – by celebrated and emerging artists from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land; an exhibition of eastern desert flora themes by artists Selina Teece Pwerl and Bernadine Johnston Kemarre accompanied by a selection of exquisite weaves from Noongar bush sculptor Janine McAullay Bott.
Exhibition dates and times: 7 April – 13 May 2017, 11am – 5pm Tues – Sat (Closed over Easter).
A series of Q & A information sessions will be held throughout this exhibition with the following guests:
3pm Saturday 8 April
Emily McCulloch Childs, art curator, art historian, and founding curator of the Indigenous Jewellery Project, who has an in-depth knowledge of Yirrkala art and is curator of the Bulayi Project, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka’s first dedicated Contemporary Jewellery project.
Bookings essential: emilymccullochchilds.eventbrite.com.au
3pm Saturday 22 April
Anne M. Brody, independent art curator and researcher, project co-ordinator and author of Larrakitj: Kerry Stokes Collection, for a discussion on larrakitj and bark paintings as a contemporary art form.
Bookings essential: annembrody.eventbrite.com.au
3pm Saturday 6 May
Join exhibition curator, Anna Kanaris with bush sculptor Janine McAullay Bott, for a discussion of her art practice and weaving demonstration.
Bookings essential: janinemcaullaybott.eventbrite.com.au
Image: Selina Teece Pwerl, Antarrengeny, 202x98cm