current events & exhibitions
WE’RE ON COUNTRY!
Art Centre closed 16 – 20 May 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.
All enquires and artwork sales will be processed when we’re back.
Revealed 2022: new & emerging WA Aboriginal artists
07 May–24 July 2022 Exhibition
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.
upcoming events & exhibitions
Warlayirti Artists survey show
Stay tuned for more details.
The Jury Prize
21 May – 29 July 2022
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!
DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR
5 – 7 August 2022
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.
Desert Mob 2022
8 September–23 October 2022
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!
TARNANTHI ART FESTIVAL
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
Mother & Daughter: the works of Bai Bai Napangarti and Pauline Sunfly
29 April 2022
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
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
Warlayirti artists first show in New York City!
15 Oct 2021–06 Feb, 2022
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
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
‘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.
Ngurra kutjuwarra: Kukatja Country
13 May–3 June, 2021
ART CENTRE CLOSED!
We will be on our much-anticipated trip back to country for this period. Stay tuned on facebook and instagram for updates on our whereabouts and get a glimpse of new works and events inspired by this epic trip back to country. We can’t wait to share the experience with you!
Revealed 2021: new & emerging WA Aboriginal artists
26 March–23 May, 2021
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
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.