Art of remote Australia coming to RMIT Gallery



Please join us for the opening of two important Aboriginal art exhibitions at RMIT Gallery by Mr Tony Ellwood, Director National Gallery of Victoria on Monday 15 September, 2014, and for the 2014 Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture on ‘Aboriginal art centres: the good, the bad and the ugly’ at Storey Hall on 16 September.

Both events will take place in the presence of some of the artists represented in the exhibitions.


Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo (6 September – Saturday 8 November) will examine the aesthetic divergences and vibrancy that distinguishes the art of Balgo and the importance of Christianity to the Balgo community as a means of cross cultural communication.
Balgo (Wirrimanu), Western Australia, in the midst of the Tanami desert is the ceremonial hub for several Indigenous clans from the Kimberley and Western Desert and is on the Luurnpa (kingfisher) Dreaming track – many of Australia’s most recognised Australian artists come from this region.

This exhibition brings together the church banners, as well as early and more recent work by the leading and emerging artists from Warlayirti Artists, one of the most successful art centres to emerge from remote area Australia.

Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning (6 September – Saturday 8 November) will include works by Gija artists, both past and present, which explore aspects of the rich and significant story Garnkiny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming) which takes place on Yarin Country in Darrajayin, between Warmun and Halls Creek, in Western Australia.

The telling, retelling and learning of these stories are powerful ways for this vast practical, intellectual and cultural legacy to be reproduced, passed on and reshaped.


Opening night Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo and Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning – Monday 15 September 2014, from  6-8 pm

Opening speaker: Mr Tony Ellwood, Director National Gallery of Victoria
Ursula Hoff Annual Lecture: Tuesday 16 September, RMIT Storey Hall. Free. All Welcome.

Topic: Aboriginal Art Centres: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Speakers: Dr Jacqueline Healy (Curator,Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo); Professor Ian McLean– academic and author; and Sister Alice Dempsey.


Bookings: (03) 9925 1717




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