Tjanpi Desert Weavers Baskets

Tjanpi Desert Weavers – new arrivals

It was such a pleasure carefully hand selecting these beautiful baskets during our recent visit with Tjanpi Desert Weavers. These skilled weavers make baskets and various quirky ‘critters’ from a combination of native desert grasses, seeds and feathers, string and wool. Tjanpi artworks are unique, innovative and constantly evolving. Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an Indigenous […]

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Desert Mob 2017

We have just returned from the excitement Desert Mob. This annual celebration in Alice Springs is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonder of Aboriginal art and culture. There are 3 main events of the festival – the exhibition (where the most special works are displayed), the symposium (talks and first hand accounts […]

Kudditji

Kudditji Kngwarreye – a tribute

Every now and then along comes an artist who expresses themself in a startling new artistic style. I am thinking of Kudditji Kngwarreye. Born c.1928, Kudditji was a younger brother of the famous Utopian artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Sadly Kudditji passed away on 23rd January 2017, while living at “Old Timers” on the outskirts of […]

Martha McDonald symbols

Aboriginal Art Symbols – what do they mean?

Traditionally Aboriginal people have no written language. Their culture is immensely rich, and they believe the world was created during the ‘dreamtime’, or time of creation. The preservation of their culture is imperative, and this is achieved in many ways- dance, song and via the use of symbols/ iconography. Traditionally symbolism of dreamtime events was […]

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Spotlight on UTOPIA

Utopia artists are renowned for their superb use of colour. Sometimes the colour palette is delicate and subtle; at other times bold and strong. Canvases often shimmer with fine dots and line-work, creating superb movement and dimension. Ceremonial designs, bush foods and traditional medicine, seasonal changes to plants and country are all represented in the […]

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Featured art centre: Papunya Tula Artists

Papunya Tula Artists was established in 1972. Their high standard of work continues to this day; rich in symbolism, and with a timeless aesthetic. The Papunya Tula Art Movement began in 1971 when a school teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, encouraged some of the men to paint a blank school wall. The murals sparked off tremendous interest […]

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What are ‘Burial Poles’?

Not long ago hollow logs were used as coffins by the aboriginal people in Arnhem Land. There are plenty of hollow trees as termites eat the centre out of the trees. When a person died, the family constructed a tall wooden platform, covered it with branches and leaves and placed the body up on the […]

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Past Exhibition: Papunya Tjupi Arts 2017

We are very proud to once again present works by the immensely talented artists of Papunya Tjupi Arts. Showing at Incinerator Art Space, Sydney, this exhibition follows last years highly acclaimed, sell-out show. Collectable senior artists will once again grace the walls, and we are excited to introduce many rising stars. Papunya Tjupi Arts is […]

Dreamtime

What is the ‘Dreamtime’?

To Aboriginal people, the Dreamtime represents the beginning of everything we have on earth today. In the beginning, the earth was just a flat, feature-less plain shrouded in darkness. However, supernatural beings lived below the surface of the earth. Time began when these beings broke through the surface of the earth and became Totemic Ancestors. […]

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Fascinating Honey Ants

Our gallery, Honey Ant Gallery, is named after a fascinating creature, beloved by Indigenous Australians and considered a real delicacy! The honey ant is an important ancestral totem for indigenous Australians. As well, they are important as a food source. They are delicious, tasting like honey with a hint of lime. The three hills at […]