SHOWING 7 August - 3 October 2014
In 1947, 27 senior ceremonial leaders at Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land produced 365 vibrant crayon drawings on butchers paper for anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt. Yirrkala Drawings features a comprehensive selection of 81 of these culturally and artistically significant works by 15 artists, returning to the Northern Territory as one ensemble for the first time in 67 years. This Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition was developed in partnership with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia, Perth and curated by Cara Pinchbeck, Curator ATSI Art, AGNSW. It is presented by the CDU Art Gallery in association with Darwin Festival and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and Festivals NT.
An online resource featuring background information, learning guide and interviews can be viewed at http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/yirrkala-drawings/
- Opening Night Web Gallery 1 & Web Gallery 2
- ABC News, 18 August 2014- 'Sacred Yirrkala drawings, depicting Yolngu life, returned from WA for Darwin show'
- CDU Enews, Issue 7, 5 August 2014 - 'Sacred drawings 'return home' to Territory
CDU Open Day: Sunday 24 August 2014, 10am - 2pm
Thursday 7 August at 12noon, CDU Art Gallery
Exhibition floor talk with Yolngu Elders & Cara Pinchbeck, Curator ATSI Art, Art Gallery of NSW
Download the Public Program flyer here (347KB)
Banner image: Bangaliwuy Marrawungu, Rirratjingu goannas and fish trap 1947 [detail], lumber crayon on butchers paper, 115 x 74cm. Berndt Museum, The University of WA.
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