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Art & Life at Camel Camp on Utopia Homelands

August 30, 2016 BY David Wroth
Sonja Chalmers is the co-ordinator of an independent arts centre at Camel Camp, Utopia. Here she talks about her work with the artists. Can you tell us a bit about Camel Camp? Camel Camp is on Utopia, an Aboriginal freehold property about 250 kilometers northeast of Alice Springs. Camel Camp is one of around 20 communities on Utopia. It is a traditional community with many senior women living there, and many senior (read more) ...

Josie Petrick Kemarre on Witch Doctors, Family & Art

August 27, 2016 BY Julia Sutton
Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre is an Anmatyerre-speaking artist from Central Australia. She divides her time between her family's traditional land and the town of Alice Springs. In this interview she talks about seeing a witch doctor, her painting and family. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Santa Teresa and left when I was married at 16.  I moved to an out station on MacDonald Downs near Harts Range. My brother still lives in (read more) ...

Rare Maps of A Lost Desert Land

August 27, 2016 BY David Wroth
Artist George Tuckerbox has seen the ancient and the ultra modern. He can remember first contact with white people. He's been a stockman and drover, worked with bullock teams, been a ceremonial singer and performer and an exhibiting artist.  He has been through droughts and driving cyclonic rains. He's performed traditional dance in Tokyo. In a full life with many highlights it is his paintings that have stood out for George Tuckerbox. His work contains maps of the remote desert country that (read more) ...

Exciting Times in Darwin for Indigenous Art

August 11, 2016 BY Jamie Plunkett
Ian Plunkett looks back at the last week spent in Darwin for the NAATSIA 2016 art awards and associated Aboriginal art events: I'm just back from Darwin Art Fair and it was great. It was one of the best Art Fairs for quite a few years.The Telstra Art Awards, or NATSIAA, were of a particularly high standard this year. They seem to be treating it more as a major event than they have (read more) ...

In Conversation With Maria Josette Orsto

August 9, 2016 BY David Wroth
Maria Josette Orsto is an artist from the Tiwi Islands. These islands are part of the Northern Territory in Australia. They are 80 km to the north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. In this conversation Maria talks about her art and life on the Tiwi Islands. Can you tell me about your favorite place on the Tiwi Islands? My favorite place is the Art Center. That's where I go and sit and paint and look at (read more) ...

Maria Josette Orsto and Art From the Tiwi Islands

July 9, 2016 BY David Wroth
We've just put up some impressive ochre paintings by Maria Josette Orsto. She's using some of the ceremonial designs from Tiwi Islands in her work. This artist has a strong family tradition of painting and design. Maria has worked as an artist from a young age, helping out her father Declan Apuatimi with his painting and carving. These impressive paintings use various body paint designs from ceremony and other motifs from Tiwi culture. The paintings are (read more) ...

Here’s Why Ngukurr Community Is Something Special

July 5, 2016 BY David Wroth
I've just been hanging the new work from Ngukurr Community in south-east Arnhem Land. What an amazing community of artists. There are nine different language and culture groups all living in the one place. One of the my favourite works is a painting of the painted bones. This is about the whole ceremonial treatment of people after they've passed away. The bones have dried out in the landscape. They're ceremonially painted with ochre (read more) ...

Sarrita King: Fire And What It Is To Be Human

May 11, 2016 BY OM4 Administrator
In this interview Sarrita King talks about the Elements series and the Fire story, as well as the influences of her father William King Jungala and sister Tarisse King. I'll tell you a story. It brings a smile to my face because it's so much about my Dad. He would always invite people in by telling a story to people. A story so true, so undeniable, it connected people and affected people in (read more) ...

Jade Dolman’s Passion For Aboriginal Art Education

April 11, 2016 BY David Wroth
Perth artist and educator Jade Dolman was barely out of high school when she realised her passion for indigenous art education. Through her consultancy J D Penangke she runs school workshops to get children excited about Aboriginal art and culture. Here she talks about her own indigenous background and what she would love to see in classrooms across Australia. Where did you grow up and when did art start to become important? I (read more) ...

Sarrita & Tarisse King – Reflecting On Gurindji and Wave Hill

March 29, 2016 BY Julia Sutton
Our next exhibition at Japingka Gallery features new works by Sarrita King and Tarisse King, opening 8th April 2016 in Fremantle. This year both Tarisse and Sarrita are thinking about their father William King Jungala, and about his country around Wave Hill. This place is about 600 kilometres south of Darwin and it is the site of the famous 1966 Wave Hill Walk Off. 2016 represents the 40 year anniversary of the (read more) ...