current events & exhibitions

SINGING MY PARENTS’ COUNTRY: NEW PAINTINGS BY PAULINE SUNFLY

27 September – 05 November 2022

Cavin Morris Gallery, New York City

BALGO: VISIONS | EUBENA 

26 August – 07 October 2022

D’Lan Contemporary, Melbourne

BALGO: VISIONS / EUBENA is an exhibition of foundational artworks celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of Warlayirti Artists, Balgo. Divided into two distinct collections, but intended to flow as a complementary representation of one of Australia’s leading artistic movements, this exhibition will feature across the two gallery spaces at D’Lan Contemporary, 40 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

 

upcoming events & exhibitions

TARNANTHI ART FESTIVAL

October 2022

Adelaide, South Australia

Tarnanthi is a unique opportunity to meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, learn about their world and ideas, and buy works of art. Exclusive to Adelaide, this popular art event brings together creative works in diverse mediums, produced by hundreds of established and emerging, regional and city-based artists from across the country.

past events & exhibitions

Desert Mob 2022

8 September–23 October 2022

Araluen Arts Centre, Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

Desert Mob, showcases the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from Desart-member art centres from the desert regions and communities of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The exhibition will feature hundreds of new, innovative artworks from emerging and established artists who continue to transform and revolutionise arts and cultural expression.

You will find us at the Desert Mob Marketplace on September 10 at Araluen Arts Centre!

WE’RE ON COUNTRY!

11 – 18 August 2022

Ngurra Kutjuwarra means “On Country together!”

People came to the Balgo Mission from all corners of the desert, which means artists painting today are not living on their Ancestral land. We embark on ambitious return to Country camps to strengthen kinship ties, ensure the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and to strengthen the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the Kutjungka community.

Art Centre will be open 9am – 2pm Mon-Fri, no weekend appointments.
All online enquires and sales will be processed when we’re back.

DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR

5 – 7 August 2022

ONLINE

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) online, provides a unique opportunity to purchase artwork direct from over 70 Indigenous-owned Art Centres, whilst being immersed in an exciting digital program of workshops, artists talks, film and fashion.

Journey of Discovery
paintings by the Mudgedell family

5 – 21 August 2022

Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin

This exhibition celebrates the stories, journeys and culture of the Mudgedell family. Sisters Marie and Patsy are highly influenced by their late mother Mati who experimented with new painting techniques to depict her Kukatja/Ngarti Country. Likewise, no two paintings by Patsy are the same; always evolving and experimenting. Marie’s granddaughter (Bianca) and Patsy and Marie’s niece (Hayley) are proudly included in this exhibition depicting their own approach to culture and country.

Luurnpa (Kingfisher Dreaming)
a new exhibition of works from the artists of Balgo, WA

Opening 11 June 2022

Aboriginal Contemporary, Sydney

Works by Balgo legends, Helicopter and Christine Yunkenbarri sit alongside current senior artists, Imelda Gugaman, Patsy Mudgedell, Pauline Sunfly, as well as the younger emerging artists who will keep this richly-storied art centre at the forefront of contemporary Aboriginal art.

Luurnpa (pronounced loon-pa) is the kingfisher dreaming which connects all of the eight different language groups of the region. During the dreamtime the Luurnpa travelled the land creating all the waterways and rock holes along the Wirrimanu songline – the site of the current Balgo community. Luurnpa travelled from the north all the way through the desert to Uluru.

The Jury Prize

21 May – 29 July 2022

The Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland

The art prize is open to regional Western Australian artists working in all artistic mediums, including painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and digital art.  

Warlayirti Artists finalists; Veronica Daniels | Vincent Nanala | Frances Nowee | Geraldine Nowee | Shirley Yoomarie

Winners announced 21 May
People’s Choice (Jury Prize) winner announced 29 July, VOTE HERE!

Revealed 2022: new & emerging WA Aboriginal artists

07 May–24 July 2022 Exhibition

Fremantle Arts Centre

The Revealed Exhibition returns in 2022, celebrating the creativity, ambition, and diversity of contemporary Aboriginal Art practice here in Western Australia. Dedicated to showcasing new work and the best emerging WA Aboriginal Artists working across remote, regional and metropolitan areas.

This year Balgo artists include paintings on plywood from Serena Nowee | Shannon Gibson | Rickisha Nannup & Lydia Mudji | Gina Sunfly | Alexandria Loomoo | Judith Loomoo | Alicia Maggie | Latoya Moody | Genevieve James

Revealed Online Market runs 27 – 29 May 2022. Register for early access here.

Mother & Daughter: the works of Bai Bai Napangarti and Pauline Sunfly

29 April 2022

Short Street Gallery, Broome

The last of Bai Bai’s paintings alongside recent works by Pauline, painting her mother’s Country.

Patsy Mudgedell: Lore of Love

17–20 Feb, 2022

Melbourne Art Fair

Patsy describes this body of work as “Flowing sequences of continuous learning, sharing a love the human has yearned for, to have happiness together with the reality of real love”. Through her art, Patsy invites the viewer to go on a journey, to create their own meaning and experiences of her art. She hopes this practice will create a sense of our shared humanity. A virtual exhibition will be live from Feb 17 – March 3.

 

Earth is Touch:
Recent Paintings from Balgo Hills

28 October – 31 December 2021

Cavin Morris Gallery, New York City

Warlayirti artists first show in New York City!

Balgo Beginnings

15 Oct 2021–06 Feb, 2022

South Australia Museum, Adelaide

After lying forgotten in a shipping container for four decades, the earliest works of Balgo desert paintings go on display for the first time, alongside works from current Balgo artists.

Pauline Sunfly Nangala: recent works

6-28 August 2021

Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin

Pauline Sunfly paints her parents’ Country, her ancestral places south of her home at Balgo (Wirrimanu), which borders both the Tanami Desert and the Great Sandy Desert in northern Western Australia. Her striking paintings depict ancestral paths, ceremonial designs and the stories of important Tjukurrpa sites associated with the native cat, goanna and kingfisher. They are reimaginings of deep cultural knowledge painted with a unique contemporary expression.

Awakening: Patsy Mudgedell

6-28 August 2021

Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin

‘Awakening’ by Patsy Mudgedell explores themes of identity, cultural acceptance, self-discovery and beauty. Patsy’s intoxicating works invite the viewer to make their own interpretations. Patsy says that art is a collaborative partnership between artist, viewer, Country, paint, canvas. Her purpose is sharing, believing that art transcends cultures.

Revealed 2021: new & emerging WA Aboriginal artists

26 March–23 May, 2021

Fremantle Arts Centre

This year Balgo artists include works on paper from Miriam Baadjo | Jane Gimme | Gracie Mosquito | Marie Mudgedell | Helen Nagomara | Joan (Eva) Nagomara | Winifred Nanala | Helicopter (Joey) Tjungurrayi

Kutjarra Nungurrayi, Murnta Nakamarra: two Nungurrayi, four Nakamarra

26 March–22 April, 2021

Short Street Gallery, Broome

A homage to the late Kimberley artists Nyumi Nungarrayi & Loomoo Nungarrayi displayed alongside the four Nakamarra’s: Veronica Daniels, Christine Yukenbarri, Patsy and Marie Mudgedell.

Ngurra kutjuwarra: on country, together

12 March–5 April, 2021

In conjunction with Kidogo Arthouse Fremantle. View the works online and read more about the exhibition at the ngurra gallery page of our website!

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