CDU Art Gallery

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 the anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt. Yirrkala Drawings features a comprehensive selection of 81 of these culturally and artistically significant works, returning to the Northern Territory as one ensemble for the first time in 67 years.  This Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition in partnership with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia, Perth, is presented by the CDU Art Gallery in association with Darwin Festival and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and Festivals NT.

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Thursday 7 August at 12noon, CDU Art Gallery

Exhibition floor talk with Yolngu Elders & Cara Pinchbeck, Curator ATSI Art, Art Gallery of NSW

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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.
© Estate of the artist. WU6960

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Yirrkala Drawings
An Art Gallery of NSW exhibition in partnership with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, and the Berndt Museum at the University of WA, Perth

SHOWING 7 August to 3 October 2014

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Anita Angel


Eileen Lim
Assistant Curator
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F: (08) 8946 7744

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