Floor-talk by Dr Melinda Hinkson - Warlpiri Drawing: Remembering the Future


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Presenter:  CDU Art Gallery

Date: Oct 14, 2015

Time: 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Contact person:  Joanna Barrkman
T: 08 8946 7430
E: joanna.barrkman@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Art Gallery, Orange Building 12, ground floor, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus

Join Dr Melinda Hinkson from the Australian National University for an exhibition floor-talk for Warlpiri Drawing: Remembering the Future.

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. The exhibition 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 Yuendumu in the late-1960s, recalled in his later years that when it came to picture-making, his students ‘required no teaching’.

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

Refreshments will be served

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