Exhibition openings: Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo & Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning

 

John Tjapangarti [John Lewis] (c.1953) Camping as they travel along 1985 synthetic polymer paint on canvas board 50.8 x 60.9 cm Purchased for the Guy Grey-Smith Memorial Collection, 1986 State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
John Tjapangarti [John Lewis] (c.1953)
Camping as they travel along 1985
synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
50.8 x 60.9 cm
Purchased for the Guy Grey-Smith Memorial Collection, 1986
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

 Mr Tony Ellwood, Director National Gallery of Victoria, will open two new Aboriginal art exhibitions at RMIT Gallery at 6 pm on Monday 15 September. Free. All welcome.

Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo (image above) 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.

Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning (image below) 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.

The opening will take place in the presence of many of the the Most Rev Christopher A Saunders DD, Bishop of Broome, and artists from both exhibitions.

Mabel JULI  Born c.1932 Six Mile on Moolabulla Station, Western Australia Garnkiny Natural ochre and pigments on linen 180 X 120 cm Courtesy of Warmun Art Centre
Mabel JULI
Born c.1932 Six Mile on Moolabulla Station, Western Australia
Garnkiny
Natural ochre and pigments on linen
180 X 120 cm
Courtesy of Warmun Art Centre

 

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