Urapunga is a small Aboriginal community nestled between the Roper and Wilton Rivers, below the southern border of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The Ngalakgan People have lived on and cared for the area, including Urapunga, since time immemorial. Their custodianship is present in the landscape, in the burial caves and rock art shelters, the cultivated Country and living descendants spread between Ngukurr, Urapunga and beyond.
Artist Rhonda Duncan comes from a long linage of artists and masters in traditional weaving, painting, and carving. Rhonda’s loves to create pieces that capture stories of Urapunga Country, places, animals, culture, family and how people live on Country.
This collection has come to Rhonda in a series of dreams. When Rhonda is sleeping, she sees an old lady in a vision, her grandmother who was a storyteller, who used to teach her a lot about culture and the land, and that everything living things in mother nature, the animals, trees, plants, flowers are a valuable market in the bush, and everything has a meaning that is very strong.
“That old lady grabs all the paint, with her hands and throws it on that flat rock and all of a sudden, the picture automatically coming out. I see this how she do in my dream, and I put it in my head and every time I get up I just capture the painting how the old lady shows me.” – Rhonda Duncan.
This is the second exhibition for Rhonda Duncan, supported by not-for-profit organisation Circulanation. Together their goal is to create a sustainable art and cultural enterprise, to share and celebrate culture, and provide economic prosperity for future generations.
il cranio carta
Printmaker and installation artist Elizabeth Hunter is showcasing her retrospective solo exhibition il cranio carta at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. This exhibition encompasses a vast collection of detailed printworks and sculptures created over a lifetime dedicated to printmaking and visionary arts.
APT10 Kids On Tour
APT10 Kids on Tour features seven projects by artists from across the Asia Pacific region that celebrate inclusion and diversity, and the importance of collaboration and community.
This program will enable children to explore and experience a range of contemporary art styles and approaches from Australia, Asia and the Pacific through activities celebrating diversity and community, and encouraging mindful contemplation.
APT10 Kids on Tour includes activities created by the Children’s Art Centre in collaboration with artists Shannon Novak (Aotearoa New Zealand), Phuong Ngo (Australia), Syagini Ratna Wulan (Indonesia), Jamilah Haji (Thailand), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Vipoo Srivilasa (Thailand/Australia).
APT10 Kids on Tour is free QAGOMA Touring program available to regional Queensland communities, with thanks to generous support from The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.
A collaboration between artist Grace Lillian Lee and artist and Elder Dr Ken Thaiday Senior (Meriam Mir people) of kinship, material culture and oral stories developed into a new large-scale artwork, Suggoo Pennise (2021) for the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10).
Listen in, in conversation 10th July 2022
Grace Lillian Lee and Dr Ken Thaiday – CIAF 2022: Artist Video NorthSite
A collaboration between artist Grace Lillian Lee and artist and Elder Dr Ken Thaiday Senior (Meriam Mir people) of kinship, material culture and oral stories developed into a new large-scale artwork, Suggoo Pennise (2021) for the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10)..
In the media
CONFLUENCE: Design, Technology and Culture
Lead by Aboriginal creative and digital designer Leigh Harris of local Indigenous Creative Agency, ingeous studios, this exhibition showcases the work of IndigeDesignLabs participants over the past two and a half years. The exhibition includes a place installation that explores the confluence of design, technology and culture through modern Indigenous digital design as created by IndigeDesignLabs participants.
The exhibition showcases digital design, photography, videography and new technologies including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality environments.
IndigeDesignLabs has enveloped new Indigenous design using digital creative production processes while demonstrating the opportunities that exist in the creative design industries.
IndigeDesignLabs is an experimental Indigenous creative learning lab that seeks to introduce young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives to digital design and creative industries through the confluence of design, technology and culture. IndigeDesignLabs is a partnership between NorthSite and Indigenous design agency ingeous studios and has been supported by the John T.Reid foundation over the three years of its evolution.
The exhibition will also include the release of a local clothing brand as designed by participants of IndigeDesignLabs.
EVENT: ‘One Man’s Trash’ an ephemeral performance
Jaymen Leigh Drahm is a Yidinji future ancestor creating his own path with a background in numerous art forms.
This dance is about a spirit trapped in a land full of trash. The spirit lurks through the night hoping to find any essence remaining to ESCAPE the PALACE of “One Man’s Trash”.
Witness an electrifying live-storytelling experience that captures the remanence of dance on canvas.
Tuesday 5 July, 8:00pm at the CIAF Artist’s Welcome Reception + NorthSite Contemporary Arts Exhibitions Preview + Opening
Nyungu Bubu: Stories from our Country
An exhibition by artists from Bana Yirriji Art Centre, Wujul Wujul during CIAF 2022.
The Bana Yirriji Centre is situated alongside the spectacular Bloomfield River, a short walk from the famous Wujal Wujal Falls. Bana Yirriji Art Centre represents artists from the Yalanji, Nyungkul and Jalunji clan groups.
In developing this body of work, the Bana Yirriji Artists considered concepts of sacredness. The title of the exhibition translates as Nyungu (our) and Bubu (Country). Bubu is also the term used for ‘earth’, which reflects the nature of these paintings that were created using locally found and processed earth pigments, by grinding local ochres into powder.
Yuk Wuy Min Ngantamp
NorthSite and Wik & Kugu Arts present the exhibition, Yuk Wuy Min Ngantamp, by senior artists of the Apelech Clan, Heather Koowootha and Keith Wikmunea.
Heather is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the mediums of printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, and weaving. In this exhibition, Heather pays respects to her father and the women who taught her traditional culture from a young age. Heather’s artworks share the knowledge of Wik culture and specifically the uses of native plants, bush dyes and bush fibres.
Keith Wikmunea is passionate about passing on his creative and cultural knowledge to future generations. Keith was born and raised in Aurukun and is from the language groups Wik-Alken (mother’s side) and Wik-Mungkan (father’s side). His artworks reflect his old people’s Country at a place called Kencharang.
TRAVERSING THREE REALMS: The physical, natural and spiritual
An exhibition of recent vinyl-cut prints on paper by Injinoo artist Teho Ropeyarn, including the epic new work created for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, 2022. These works explore Ropeyarn’s heritage and chart the power of Aboriginal connection to Country.
Ropeyarn has also created new suite of prints for this exhibition.
Exhibition Room Brochure
Gathering is a culture-based community collaboration, led by leading local artists Elverina Johnson and Francoise Lane. The final sculptural form which looks like a paperbark bulmba is currently on display at Bulmba-ja and invites further community interaction through workshops as part of the WOW Cairns festival.
Elverina Johnson of Paperbark Arts and Francoise Lane of Indij Design began the making of Gathering on Gungganji Country. The paperbark was woven into the mudi (lawyer cane) frame using swamp reed and rainforest twine to create the base for the collaborative art piece. Working with members of the community on Country oil pastels were applied to paperbark to create drawings inspired by themes of Country and the ‘grounding’ experience of the morning. During WOW Cairns the artwork will be built upon with themes inspired by the waterways weaving through Country; nurturing and sustaining life.
This exhibition will run until June. WOW Cairns will take place from Friday 13 to Saturday 14 May at Bulmba-Ja Arts Centre.
For more information on WOW Cairns visit: wowaustralia.com.au/wow-cairns-2022
Gathering was created by Elverina Johnson and Francoise Lane for Women of the World Festival, Cairns.