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Exhibitions 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

                                   6 August - 23 October 2015

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 and traditional spearings. 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 is a travelling exhibition presented by the National Museum of Australia.

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See photo gallery of Curator floortalk by Dr Melinda Hinkson and members of the Warlpiri community here

<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

              CDU Art Collection receives a gift of 99 prints

                                   7 July - 10 July 2015

The CDU Art Gallery staff will be accessioning 99 prints recently gifted to the CDU Art Collection 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

<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

Neridah Stockley: a retrospective

13 November 2014 - 20 February 2015

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’. Exhibition runs until 20 February 2015.

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

Yirrkala Drawings

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.

An online resource featuring background information, learning guide and interviews can be viewed at

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

Made to last: the conservation of art

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

10 April - 27 June 2014

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 Flyerhere (pdf 632KB)

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

Exhibitions 2013

Jean baptiste apuatimi, <i>Tarpauline </i> 2010, Japanese-style woodblock, printed with natural ochres, WP edn 20; 39 x 23.7cm [image]; 47 x 31.9cm [paper]. Collaborators: Jacqueline Gribbin & Karlissa Kennedy; Printer: Jacqueline Gribbin. CDU Art Collection - CDU1918. Gifted by the artist & Northern Editions Printmaking Studio, 2010. Image © the artist's estate & courtesy Tiwi Design, Bathurst Island, NT

IN PRINT 20/20: Celebrating 20 years of prints & printmaking

Charles Darwin University Art Collection & Northern Editions Printmaking Studio

14 November 2013 - 21 February 2014

Established in 1980, the CDU Art Collection is substantively a works on paper collection. Approximately 50 percent of its holdings comprise Workshop Proofs of limited edition prints (including etchings, drypoints, lithographs, screenprints and woodcuts), gifted by artist-printmakers and the University's printmaking studio since 1993. A survey exhibition of 167 prints from the Collection, entitled In Print, highlighting the first two phases of the University printmaking studio's evolution, was mounted in 2010.

Drawn from the CDU Art Collection's permanent holdings, In Print 20/20 marks the 20th anniversary of Northern Editions Printmaking Studio and its predecessor printmaking workshops: the NTU Print Workshop (1993-96) and Northern Editions Printmaking Workshop (1997-2001). It celebrates two decades of prints and printmaking at Charles Darwin University.
As a "sequel survey" exhibition, In Print 20/20 will focus on works dating from approximately 2000 to the present, featuring the third (2002-2008) and fourth (2009-2013) phases of printmaking at Charles Darwin University. Significant developments during this period include: the introduction of water-based, Japanese style woodblock printing (suisai moku hanga), the production of prints in hand-bound book form and the creation of 3D hand-sewn printed multiples or sculptures.

In Print 20/20 demonstrates the University's engagement with the creative and cultural life of Northern Australia and adjoining regions through the graphic medium. It acknowledges the valuable contribution made by University print workshop managers, collaborating and editioning printers and visiting or resident artists to the history of prints and printmaking in the region and beyond.

Luminous World: contemporary art from the Wesfarmers Collection

8 August - 4 October 2013


Nyuju stumpy brown, <i>Juntu Juntu</i> 1992, Acrylic paint on paper, 56 x 76cm. Image © the artist's estate & courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency. Batchelor Institute Art Collection, BCAC00764. Photography: Fiona Morrison

Common Ground: Batchelor Institute & Charles Darwin University Art Collections

18 April - 28 June 2013

To mark the launch of the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education on Casuarina campus, Common Ground presents, for the first time, a joint exhibition in the CDU Art Gallery comprising more than 100 works of art by North Australian Indigenous artists, drawn from the permanent collections of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University (CDU).

The exhibition comprises 56 paintings on linen/canvas and works on paper, wood and canvas board, from the Batchelor Institute Art Collection, dating principally from the early 1990s, when the Artists-in-Residence Program and the Collection were initiated.

Works by Indigenous artists from Ngukurr, Lajamanu, the Daly River region (including Peppimenarti) and Borroloola (NT), as well as Fitzroy Crossing (WA), are represented. They are complemented by 50 works from the CDU Art Collection, chiefly limited edition prints, created by the same artists or those from the same regions and communities.

Highlighting the significant role that visual art plays in the cultural life and livelihood of Indigenous Australians, and its capacity to deliver "both ways" education within tertiary institutions of learning, the exhibition connects two of the Northern Territory's important collections of art in the CDU Art Gallery, where they meet for the first time on "common ground".

Exhibitions  2012

Ildiko kovacs, <i>Honey </i>2011 [detail], oil on plywood, 180 x 180cm. Image © the artist & courtesy Hugo Michell Gallery. Photography: Stephen Oxenbury

roads cross:
contemporary directions in Australian art

21 November 2012 - 22 February 2013

Since the late 20th century, opportunities to engage with Australian Aboriginal art, its makers and their communities, have increasingly informed Western approaches to art making.  roads cross explores how this development has left traces and echoes in recent Australian art through the work of sixteen non-Indigenous artists.  Four Indigenous artists are represented as co-creators of selected works, and those of a fifth – the late Rover Thomas (Joolama) – provide the exhibition with its title: its visual and art historical points of departure.  The exhibition comprises two and three-dimensional media, including  painting, collage, photography, printmaking, textile construction, ceramics, found-object installation and sculpture.


Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery

29 June - 26 August 2012
Charles Darwin University Art Gallery

21 November 2012 - 22 February 2013
Araluen Arts Centre

16 November 2013 - 2 March 2014

Images of the interior






Images of the Interior: Seven Central Australian Photographers

8 August - 5 October 2012

The 84 images in this exhibition, drawn entirely from the South Australian Museum's collections, reveal the fragile environment and frontier society of Central Australia during the half-century from the 1890s to the 1940s.


During this time, the theme of the 'bush' emerged as a formative element in a new Australian identity. Assumptions about the Centralian frontier and its people – black and white – hardened into enduring stereotypes that to this day 'colour' our general perceptions. Images of the Interior takes us behind and beyond those stereotypes, to the reality of the frontier itself.


The exhibition's images – all but three in black and white – were captured by seven men whose close contact with Central Australia gave them particular insights: Francis J. Gillen, Samuel Albert White, William Delano Walker, George Aiston, Cecil Hackett, Ernest Kramer and Rex Battarbee.


Some of these original, hand-printed photographs are beautiful, some confronting, some fascinating and some humorous. The three colour images in the exhibition mark the shift to mass tourism and colour photography in Central Australia.   


The exhibition is enhanced by a range of archival material and historical objects (also from the SA Museum's holdings) relating to the photographers' lives and work.  A comprehensive and lavishly illustrated book (161pp), by Exhibition Guest Curator, Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum, accompanies exhibition.



LOOK: Learning to LOOK at art in the CDU Art Collection

29 February - 6 July 2012

LOOK featured a selection of more than 70 works drawn from the CDU Art Collection in a range of media – including paintings, limited edition prints, photographs, digital collage and three-dimensional objects.  They were assembled to encourage the viewer to search for meaning and seek pleasure in a visual way: to experience art through uninhibited observation rather than verbalised narrative.


Kenneth Clark observed that looking at art 'requires active participation, and, in the early stages, a certain amount of discipline'.  LOOK was more than a retinal exercise: by comparing and contrasting work by individual artists and communities in the region, the exhibition revealed enduring relationships and experiences through the Collection between people and place. Seen in this light, contemporary and historical works evince an on-going artistic engagement with Northern Australia – through residence, travel and the imagination.

Exhibitions 2011

 Helping one another exhibition

Ngaruwanajirri: helping one another

10 August - 7 October 2011

Ngaruwanajirri: helping one another featured 199 works by 17 Tiwi artists who work as a co-operative at The Keeping House at Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu) on Bathurst Island.  Established in 1994, Ngaruwanajirri Inc represents a core group of 14 artists and 12 freelance carvers. 


The exhibition included a range of paintings in ochre on paper and canvas/linen, watercolour and acrylic paintings, ironwood carvings, sculptures, hand-crafted objects and batik silks. This was Ngaruwanajirri Inc's first major retrospective exhibition and marked the launch of a special suite of 48 monotypes/monoprints, created with collaborating printer Marilyn Gibson in 2010.

 The nature of things exhibition

The Nature of Things: featuring works by Carole Wilson

14 April - 24 June 2011

The Nature of Things looked closely at the natural and cultural environment of Northern Australia, featuring as its centrepiece a selected survey of 24 works (2006-2010) by former CDU Lecturer in Studio Practice and Postgraduate Coordinator (Visual Art), Dr Carole Wilson. The exhibition included stencilled and hand-cut map-based collage and patterned Axminster carpet installations, most never exhibited before in the Northern Territory, as well as the Mrs Darwin's Garden series, inspired by her two-year residency in the Top End.


In response to Wilson's art, a range of more than 100 works in various media (predominantly paper), drawn from the University's permanent collection, by North Australian Indigenous, non-Indigenous and Southeast Asian artists, was exhibited.  They captured ideas and experiences of nature, gardens, landscape and the botanical wonders of our region.

Exhibitions 2010

 Marina strocchi, <i>Brancusi Palm</i> 2007, etching, edn 20 (Workshop Proof), 29.5 x 9.5cm [image], Image © the artist, gifted by the artist and Northern Editions Printmaking Studio 2007, CDU1609

In Print: Charles Darwin University Art Collection

4 November 2010 - 25 February 2011

Drawn from CDU's permanent collection of art, In Print highlighted the power and beauty of graphic art by Indigenous, non-Indigenous and Southeast Asian artists working in, or inspired by Northern Australia. 


The exhibition comprised 167 works – including lithographs, etchings, drypoints and screenprints – by artists who have worked under the auspices of CDU's various printmaking workshops, studios and enterprises from 1993 to the present.  It acknowledged the contribution of CDU-educated and employed print workshop managers, collaborators and editioning printers to the history of prints and printmaking in the region. Venturing across the Far North's cities and townships, to some of its most remote communities, the exhibition drew together a 17-year history of CDU's principal visual art and printmaking entities: the University Art Collection, the Art School (NTU Print Workshop, 1993-96; Northern Editions Printmaking Workshop, 1997-2002) and today's Northern Editions printmaking studio. 


In Print traced on paper – through colour, line and form – the evolution of the medium as a uniquely North Australian phenomenon.

Not dead yet image by Therse Ritchie


NOT DEAD YET: Therese Ritchie & Chips Mackinolty - a retrospective

11 August - 30 September 2010

The CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery launched a landmark retrospective exhibition for the Northern Territory on Wednesday 11 August: a survey show of 160 art works by Darwin-based artists Therese Ritchie and Chips Mackinolty.


Curated by CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery Curator Anita Angel, Not Dead Yet featured a comprehensive range of screenprints, posters, drawings, photographs, digital collage works and limited edition fine art prints and paintings, dating from 1969 (Mackinolty) and 1988 (Ritchie), through to the present day.


Not Dead Yet catalogues (special edition, 72-pages, full-colour & designed by the artists) are now available for purchase ($44 each) through the CDU Bookshop.


Albury Art Gallery

9 February - 31 March 2013

Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery

4 May - 14 July 2013

Canberra Museum & Art Gallery

5 July - 14 September 2014

Darwin festival logo 2010

Nyini parlingari purrupakuluwunyi, amintiya kiyi nyingani awarra Jilamara (Looking back, looking forward in our Art)

Nyini parlingari purrupakuluwunyi, amintiya kiyi nyingani awarra Jilamara: Looking back, looking forward in our Art

22 April - 30 June 2010

The launch of the CDU Art Gallery coincided with the opening of this exhibition, danced opened by Tiwi Design artists Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Maria Josette Orsto, Romolo Tipiloura and Gordon Pupangumirri.

The Art Gallery was officially opened by His Hon the Administrator of the NT, Mr Tom Pauling AO QC and the Hon Gerry McCarthy MLA, Minister for Arts and Museums, on the evening of Thursday April 22, 2010.

The event celebrated the University Art Collection's and Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation's 30th anniversaries. Looking back, looking forward in our Art displays more than 190 art works including paintings on paper, linen, canvas, limited edition prints, carvings, sculptures, tunga, spears and fighting sticks, drawn from the Tiwi Design Collection and the Charles Darwin University Art Collection.


9 November 2009

  • The Art Collection’s first exhibition in the CDU Art Gallery, entitled Prelude, marked the official opening of the Chancellery building on November 9, 2009.Prelude comprised 63 works drawn from the CDU Art Collection’s permanent holdings.

  • Prelude room brochure (PDF 4.38MB)

  • Exhibition online

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