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YARITJI YOUNG AND KEN SISTERS MONUMENTAL COLLABORATIVE WORK FEATURE IN ADELAIDE BIENNIAL
Alcaston Gallery artist Yaritji Young, with the Ken Sisters, are currently featured in Divided Worlds: 2018 Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia for their monumental collaberative painting, Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa – A Sister’s Story.
Extending across Adelaide’s cultural precinct, North Terrace, the 2018 Adelaide Biennial will be presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia, JamFactory and Adelaide Botanic Garden including the Santos Museum of Economic Botany.
"In the Western art tradition painting has been historicised and romanticised as a solitary pursuit – a battle between the individual, usually male, and the canvas, usually upright. In the contemporary Western Desert art tradition, painting is frequently pursued collaboratively, with canvasses laid laterally on the ground in the direction of country. The Ken sisters – Tingila Yaritji Young, Maringka Tunkin, Sandra Ken, Freda Brady and Tjungkara Ken – are part of this desert art tradition, a distinct lineage formed initially by women, under the name of Minymaku Arts (meaning ‘belonging to women’), just twenty years ago in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
By working together – sometimes simultaneously painting together on a grounded canvas, and sometimes consecutively, where one sister’s mark calls for another’s reply (resembling an ancestral call and response) – the mnemonic or memory function of painting is performed. The sisters often return to familiar and familial subjects in their collaborations – to Tjala tjukurpa (Honey Ant dreaming) and to Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters dreaming), two stories that are their birthright and their bond."
Image | Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Paniny Mick, Maringka Tunkin, Yaritji Young, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia, Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa – A Sister’s Story, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 3 panels each 300 x 200 cm; Courtesy the artists and Tjala Arts 2017.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI | A SEMI FINALIST IN THE QUEENSLAND YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD
Congratulations to Claudia Moodoonuthi who has been selected as a Semi Finalist in the QLD Young Achievers Award in the Aboriginal Achievement AND the Arts and Fashion Award.Well done and good luck to all the finalists.
Image | Portrait of the artist at Alcaston Gallery, 2017. Installation view 'Ruby and Hunter in Dulka Warngiid (Story Place) Works (from left to right): Camp Dog Hunting Ground (AK20845), 2016, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 101 x 76 cm; Baz's Dog (AK20852), 2017, synthetic polymer paint on wood, 50 x 120 x 1 cm; Pearlie's Dog (AK20854), 2017, synthetic polymer paint on wood, 50 x 120 x 1 cm; Vickie's Dog (AK20851), 2017, synthetic polymer paint on wood, 50 x 120 x 1 cm. © The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2018
JUDY HOLDING | 2018 MONTALTO SCULPTURE PRIZE | OPENING THIS WEEKEND
2018 MONTALTO SCULPTURE PRIZE | OPENING THIS WEEKEND | SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2018
The Montalto Sculpture Prize will open to the public from 11am this Sunday, the 25th of February with opening celebrations from 4pm.
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled that Judy Holding is a finalist, and the prize will showcase her stunning large scale sculpture, Tall Coloured Gum (pictured).
If you have an inquiry about this work please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Montalto Sculpture Prize please see their website.
Image | Judy Holding, Tall Coloured Gum Tree, (installation view) 2015
OPENING NIGHT - BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI WITH NGUPULYA PUMANI AND TUPPY GOODWIN
Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to commence our 2018 exhibition program with an exhibition of new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, alongside the work of her older sister Ngupulya Pumani, and their fellow senior artist Tuppy Goodwin, showcasing their cultural knowledge and creative vision. Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and Ngupulya Pumani are traditional custodians of Antara, a significant place for Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. Antara is central to Tjukurpa songlines, and is the location of a rockhole where women perform a dance ceremony for the Maku (witchetty grub). Thinking of this place, its ceremony, and what they have learned from family, profoundly informs the life and art of these exceptional women.
Alcaston Gallery was pleased to host Ngupulya and Tuppy for the opening celebrations on Wednesday the 14th of Febuary. The exhibition will run untill March 3.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEC BAKER - FINALIST IN THE 45TH MUSWELLBROOK ART PRIZE
Congratulations to Alec Baker who has been named as a finalist in the 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize for his work Ngura (Country).
Alec Baker was the first senior desert man to begin painting at Iwantja Arts in far north South Australia in the early 2000s. Passing down the traditions of his people is integral to Alec Baker’s artistic practice; however the artist is wary of revealing sacred knowledge and does not paint Tjukurpas (dreamings). Instead, the artist paints the patterns of his country that come from his mind and memory, developing his own unique visual language, taking his art from not only storytelling – but into the realm of a truly creative and innovative contemporary Indigenous art practice.
The Muswellbrook Art Prize is an acquisitive art competition held annually. Finalists of the 45th Muswellbrook Art Prize will compete for a total prize pool of $71,000, with 26 works selected for the $50,000 Painting Prize, 19 works for the $10,000 Works on Paper Prize and 12 works for the $10,000 Ceramics Prize. Winners of the Art Prize will be announced at the opening night at 6pm Saturday 10th March 2018 by adjudicator Tracy Cooper-Lavery. A $1,000 People’s Choice Prize can also be voted for during the course of the exhibition. Congratulations to all 57 finalists!
Image | Portrait of Alec Baker by Rhett Hammerton