Past exhibitions

Exhibitions 2015

Warlpiri Drawings: remembering the future

6 August - 23 October 2015

<strong>Jerry Jangala Patrick </strong><br/><i>Yawaki (Bush Plum) Dreaming </i><br/> Lajamanu, Northern Territory <br/>Warlpiri Drawings Collection, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Warlpiri Drawings -Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of Indigenous artworks created by Warlpiri people from Lajamanu and Yuendumu in the 1950s and beyond. It explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future.

The artists' subjects range from drawings of country and dreamings to historical moments such as the "Killing Times" at Coniston in 1928 – a massacre that occurred within living memory of the oldest generation of Warlpiri men and women.

At the same time that the Warlpiri were acquiring a European-style education, they were also learning different ways to depict their world. David Tunley, a manual arts teacher at Yuendemu in the late-1960s, recalled in his later years that when it came to picture-making, his students 'required no teaching'.

This exhibition was curated for the National Museum of Australia by Dr Melinda Hinkson, Australian National University, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation, Mrs Joan Meggitt, Pintupi Anmatyerre Warlpiri Media Association, and the assistance of the traditional owners and community members of Yuendumu and Lajamanu. Warlpiri Drawings is proudly presented by Darwin Festival 2015.

Warlpiri Drawings was a travelling exhibition presented by the National Museum of Australia.

Find out more at The National Museum of Australia.

View the photo gallery of curator floortalk by Dr Melinda Hinkson and members of the Warlpiri community.

CDU Art Collection receives a gift of 99 prints

<br/><strong>Gloria Petyarre</strong><br/><i>Untitled</i> 1990<br/>Wood block print on paper, Edn 9/30<br/>30 x 45cm [image]; 38 x 52.5cm [paper]<br/>Gifted through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Christopher Hodges and Helen Eager, 2015<br/>CDU Art Collection: CDU2818

7 July - 10 July 2015

The CDU Art Gallery received 99 prints gifted by Ms Helen Eager and Mr Christopher Hodges, Sydney. The gift consists of the following works of art:

  • 72 woodblock prints on paper; The Utopia Suite 1990, created by 70 artists form Utopia, Northern Territory
  • 23 screen prints, woodblock prints and paintings on paper created by artists from Utopia, Kintore and Alice Springs, Northern Territory
  • 4 works on paper by artists Helen Eager and Christopher Hodges, Sydney, New South Wales.

This gift of 99 works of art was made through the Cultural Gifts Program of the Australian Government.

Exhibitions 2014

Neridah Stockley: a retrospective

13 November 2014 - 20 February 2015

<i>Early morning creek bed</i> 2011, acrylic and gouache on Canson paper. 32.1 x 31.9cm [image]; 33.9 x 33.8cm [paper]. Charles Darwin University Art Collection – CDU2706. Acquired through the CDU Foundation Art Acquisition Fund, 2014

Whilst a number of male writers have traced the desert as their fictional literary dominion in recent years, a number of women artists based in Alice Springs – of whom Neridah Stockley is a contemporary exemplar – are painting it as they see and experience it. A graduate of the National Art School, East Sydney, Stockley relocated from NSW in 2001, initially to Darwin and then Alice Springs – her home and 'base camp' for extensive painting expeditions for more than a decade.

Her commitment to painting landscape en plein air – a genre rarely broached in such a pure, unselfconscious way by non-Indigenous artists residing in the Northern Territory – is predominantly on a small scale, challenging the overriding assumption that a 'big country' requires 'big pictures' – or for that matter, big stories. This is Stockley's first major retrospective exhibition and features an extensive body of paintings, drawings, collages and prints by a celebrated Central Australian artist known fondly as the 'Clarice Beckett of Alice Springs'.

Yirrkala Drawings

7 August - 3 October 2014

Mawalan marika, <i>Macassan swords and long knives</i> 1947, lumber crayon & graphite on butchers paper, 92 x 58cm. Ronald M. & Catherine H. Berndt Collection, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, UWA. © Estate of the Artist. WU7164

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 Drawingsfeatures 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 Festivaland is supported by the Northern Territory Government and Festivals NT.

An online resource featuring background information, learning guide and interviews can be viewed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Made to last: the conservation of art

10 April - 27 June 2014

Ghostpatrol, <i>tadaima swan</i> 2012, Acrylic and oil pastel on linen. Image courtesy the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide

A NETS Victoria exhibition in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne and supported by Latrobe Regional Gallery

Contemporary artists use traditional, modern and sometimes unconventional materials for a variety of reasons; the materials are integral to their conceptual practice, workable or readily available. Made to last: the conservation of art highlights the significance of the artist's original intent to assist in the long term preservation of their work, providing a 'behind the scenes' insight into their practice. This exhibition, curated by Sherryn Vardy, explores investigative methods of conservation including the behaviour of materials over time and techniques used to preserve and document work for the future.A comprehensive online resource featuring background information, learning guide and interviews can be viewed at

Download the Made to last: the conservation of art public program flyer (pdf 632KB).

The exhibition Made to last: the conservation of art is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

NETS Victoria Arts Victoria Latrobe Regional Gallery Melbourne University



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