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Printing workshops attract artistic assembly

Indigenous artists taking part in the printing workshops at CDU

Indigenous artists Andrew Marrkula (front-left) and Joe Manyguluma (front-right) taking part in the printing workshops at CDU

By Richie Hodgson

Some of the Northern Territory’s emerging and established Indigenous artists converged on Charles Darwin University for a series of unique printing workshops.

Organised by Bobbie Ruben and Tim Growcott from CDU’s School of Creative Arts and Humanities, the workshops attracted interest from 25 artists from the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists and seven Arnhem Land and Tiwi Island communities.

The five day workshops covered drawing techniques using different media, lino-print technique, design of artwork for screen-print, placement and meterage production.

Lecturer in Visual Arts with the School of Creative Arts and Humanities, Bobbie Ruben said artists from geographically remote communities came together to exchange ideas, art practices and develop new skills to enhance career opportunities within the communities.

“These artists are ambassadors for their culture through their vibrant, individualistic and contemporary works,” she said.

“These workshops highlight the commitment of CDU to provide challenging and culturally diverse teaching and learning opportunities for staff and participating artists within the remote delivery program,” she said.

The 25 artists participating in the workshops are from Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts, Elcho Island Arts, Mardbalk Arts from Goulburn Island, Bula’Bula Arts from Ramingining, Jilamara Arts and Tiwi Design from Tiwi Islands, and Yirrkala Women’s Resource Centre from Yirrkala.