Carved, Sewn and Thrown – Objects from Remote Australia – Yaamaganu Gallery

Image – Detail from soft sculpture by Trudy Inkamala from Yarrenyty Arltere.

The Yaama Ganu Gallery is very proud to present our first object show. Working with four incredible Aboriginal owned and operated Art Centres from the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. Please see below for more on participating Art Centres.

Ernabella Arts – APY Lands, South Australia.

Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest, continuously running Indigenous Art Centre. Ernabella Arts is in Pukatja Community, at the Eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in the far north west of South Australia.

Pukatja was the first permanent settlement on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands). The Presbyterian Board of Missions extablished the mission in 1937, and a craft room was established in 1948. The first craft products were hand wovenfabrics and hand pulled and knotted rugs with a unique pattern that became known as the ‘Ernabella walka’ or anapalayaku walka (Ernabella’s design).

In recent years, long after commencing working as artists, senior women decided to leave behind the walka of the early days and to depict their (sacred stories of country and law). The centre’s inimitable reputation lies in the adaptability and innovation of the artists who have been introduced to many different mediums since the art room began.

Girringun Arts – Cardwell, Queensland

Emerging from the rainforest canopy and a culture spanning countless generations, the work of Girringun artists is attracting a lot of attention.

The stories and environments of this ancient culture are being transformed into visual images and designs by weavers, painters, potters, textile artists and makers of traditional objects.

A continuing close connection to place and honouring of indigenous lore and culture provides inspiration for this work which embraces traditional and contemporary concepts.

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, based in Cardwell, represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people.

The traditional country of these groups covers some 25,000 square kilometres of country from north of Townsville, south west to Clarke River, north to the Mission Beach area, west to Ravenshoe and east to include Hinchinbrook and the Family Group Islands.

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre is funded by Arts Queensland Backing Indigenous Arts and Ministry for the Arts Indigenous Visual Arts Strategy.

Maningrida Arts – Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

There are few places in the world where there is a continuing culture of interaction with ancestral lands. Arnhem Land is one such place, and the homelands surrounding Maningrida are intrinsic to the vital arts and culture of Aboriginal people of the region.

Together we promote, protect and celebrate the artistic and knowledge-based cultural assets of the people of the many clans of Western Arnhem Land.

Cultural strength, respect for customary rights, and connection to country are founding principles. Our priorities, activities, protocols and policies are directed by an Arts and Culture Subcommittee of senior artists from different clans, and Bawinanga board representatives.

We support bunggul (dance), manikay (song), doloppo bim (bark painting) and kun-madj (weaving) as expressions of djang, the life-giving creative power that resides in the enduring ancestral presence in sacred places on the country of the region’s many clans.

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists – Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is about family and community. Is it about celebrating the innovation, creativity and diversity of Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp artists. It is about having a localised art program that is open to all Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp community members. It is about creating a safe and non judgemental environment in which people can work, access services, plan for the future. It is about working together to create a successful and healthy enterprise. An enterprise that is strong because of the people that work there, that is strong because of the social, emotional and cultural capital that is shared daily. This vibrant dynamic art centre located in the heart of Alice Springs in the Larapinta Valley Town Camp is all about the people that work there daily, their families, their community, their culture. It is about a great future in which the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists are directing for themselves!

Originally established in 2000 as a response to the chronic social issues faced by the town camp, Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp Artists started as an arts training project. In 2002 the community identified the enterprise as a goal and in 2008 the enterprise was established. Now a vibrant and dynamic hub, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is seen as an important part in rebuilding strength in the community and creating economic access for people, many of whom had not been engaged previously in the workforce. Now people are participating in regular work, there is a vehicle for social inclusiveness and the activities in the art centre have provided real and engaging pathways into the wider society.

The enterprise impacts positively on the whole community. It is a program that facilitates healing and nurtures well being. It has enhanced personal capacity, self reliance and self esteem. The activities also provide a place where people can relax and de-stress. It is an important part in the community’s success in decreasing volatile substance abuse and building resilience.

The Yaama Ganu Gallery is very proud to present our first object show. Working with four incredible Aboriginal owned and operated Art Centres from the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. Please see below for more on participating Art Centres.





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