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Hermannsburg Potters: Lyilhama - Music 2017

30-Jun-2017 - 22-Jul-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present this small collection of ceramics by the renowned Hermannsburg Potters. Lyilhama – meaning music, or song - depicts scenes of Indigenous musicians, concert performances, visiting community bands and songs – all based around the artists’ personal experiences and memories of music.  Exhibiting artists: Rahel Kngwarriya Ungwanaka, Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Hayley Panangka Coulthard, Anita Mbitjana Ratara, Beth Mbitjana Inkamala, Caroline Kamaarra Forbes.

Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.

The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally. 

Image: Rona Panangka Rubuntja, Pitjantjatjara Boy (Isaac Yamma), 2016 (AK20625) Terracotta nd underglazes, 50 x 30 cm. 

BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI & MARINA PUMANI BROWN

13-May-2020 - 06-Jun-2020
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Alcaston Gallery is proud to present new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown.

This exhibitionhighlights the creative artistic visions of mother and daughter, as they each uniquely portray their sacred landscape in the APY Lands of South Australia.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani is respected senior artist and traditional custodian of the significant site of Antara, her mother’s country. Pumani creates her own visual language to evoke the beauty, power and energy of the land through her signature palette; the deep reds pulsate through composition, while the understated tones of white and blue offer subtle tonal balance, resulting in highly sophisticated and contemporary paintings.

Winner of the prestigious General Painting Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2015 and 2016 and winner of the Wynne Prize in 2017, Pumani continues to build on her stellar artistic career; in 2019 she was announced winner of the prestigious $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award at Castlemaine Art Museum, Victoria.

Like her mother and ancestors before her, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani passes down the long line cultural knowledge to her daughter Marina Pumani Brown, who embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists.

Brown’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of country and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Antara is always present in her work, Brown broadens her artistic practice by culminating both the traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands.

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to announce that Betty Kuntiwa Pumaniand Marina Pumani Brown have been shortlisted for the prestigious37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, with a major collaborative painting. This year Brown was also shortlisted for The Churchie Emerging Art Prize at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Queensland.

MICK WIKILYIRI: NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY

18-Apr-2018 - 12-May-2018
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new paintings by senior Tjala artist Mick Wikilyiri. The striking, contemporary works presented in this exhibition offer a representation of country, spirituality and a rich family history of revealed creative practices.

 

The story of the Honey Ant is the impetus within Mick Wikilyiri’s painting practice. His landscapes are thoughtfully depicted through striking imagery, stylistic experimentation and intense colour.  As a respected elder in his community, Mick Wikilyiri’s highly contemporary paintings are a celebration of Anangu culture, as well as a means to protect cultural ties for future generations.

 

Mick Wikilyiri grew up in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands of far north South Australia, and worked as a stockman on cattle stations before establishing an artistic career. Wikilyiri was one of the first men to begin painting at Tjala Arts after a men’s painting room was established, and has since become one of Tjala Arts leading artists. In 2016, Mick Wikilyiri featured in the major exhibition Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars was the first major survey of exhibition of its kind, presenting over 100 artists from across the APY Lands. Alcaston Gallery presented a body of works on paper by Mick Wikilyiri and his wife Paniny Mick in 2017, alongside the first solo exhibition of their daughter Yaritji Young.

 

Mick Wikilyiri has been collected by many National institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Parliament House Collection, Canberra

And Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

HERMANNSBURG POTTERS - IRNA: TREES 2017

05-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Irna: Trees a new body of work by The Hermannsburg Potters. This exhibition represents an important development in the practice of the celebrated ceramic artists, introducing new directions in sculptural forms and painterly depictions celebrating the beauty, spirit and life-giving force of trees within the landscape: IRNA: Marna, Itarrkngilanha, Pmara - Tree: Food, Medicine, Home

Presented alongside new work by leading watercolourist and sculptor Judy Holding, who was artist-in-residence at The Hermannnsburg Potters studio in 2016. 

Alcaston Gallery has represented the Hermannsburg Potters spanning 30 years. Their unique, immediately recognisable style has been exhibited widely through Australia and internationally. Their major installation commission for the National Gallery of Victoria Our Land is Alive, NGV Australia 19 December 2015 - 11 April 2016, set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots.

The Hermannsburg Potters are world-renowned as master ceramicists and their work is held in most major Australian institutions and several major art collections internationally. 

 

DEAN SMITH: PINK TERRACES

04-Apr-2017 - 22-Apr-2017
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We are delighted to present Dean Smith's second solo exhibition with Alcaston Gallery - his most adventurous and important exhibition to date. A masterful ceramic artist, Smith has achieved global recognition for his sculptural ceramics and technically complex glazing techniques. 

Of his forthcoming exhibition the artist states: 

The Pink Terrace was once a large and beautiful silica deposit in New Zealand, created by chance and destroyed by chance, possibly by an eruption of Mount Tarawera.   A place exists and then doesn’t exist.    For this exhibition I have made some slab-built vessels, moving away from the familiarity of the wheel-thrown form as the sole basis for my work. As I build the work my thoughts are around structures, chambers or tombs - permanent structures housing the impermanent/ the permanent structure erased by the forces of nature/beauty and fragility.    - Dean Smith, 2017   Dean Smith was a finalist in the 2016 Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Art Award and is currently a finalist in the 8th Talent Award of the Nassauische Sparkasse at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.   Pink Terraces will be open by Jennifer Kalionis, Director, Castlemaine Art Museum, Saturday 8 April 2 - 4 pm.      Contact us for further information     

SHIRLEY MACNAMARA: MAARDI BUTALA 2017

14-Mar-2017 - 25-Mar-2017
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present the third solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Shirley Macnamara. Maardi Butala, meaning 'together for a long time'. 

"Most of the material I find while mustering. On a horse is a good vantage point to see many things, take note of where it is and go back later to get it or them -  be it bones, feathers, seeds, wax, whatever.

 All of these things have coexisted for a long time and for me it’s a gathering, collecting need that never goes away. " - Shirley Macnamara, March 2017

Macnamara produces woven sculptural objects utilising materials predominantly sourced from her property and traditional country Camooweal in north-west Queensland. Her time-consuming, considered and process-based practice reveals sophisticated multi-layered meanings that draw upon issues of environment, history, politics, culture, family and deeply personal emotions. Shirley Macnamara is an artist of great insight, creating poetic objects of immense beauty and poignancy. 

A multiple award finalist and regular institutional exhibitor, Macnamara's work is found in several major collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Queensland.

Image: Shirley Macnamara, Well of Remembering, 2016, Spinifex, bullock bone cross, emu feathers and fixative, 28 x 26 x 20 cm. 

© Shirley Macnamara and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017

Shirley Macnamara has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts initiative.

 

 

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