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Salon Indigenous Arts Projects

Returning for a third year, complementing the Salon des Refusés, Salon Indigenous Art Projects presents six exhibitions by both emerging and established artists representing art centres across Australia.


Salon des Refusés
2020 MARKS EIGHT years since the inception of the Salon des Refusés. Over that time, the event has grown in strength with many collectors and institutions eagerly awaiting the exhibition each year. As a companion event to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATISAA), Salon des Refusés allows the viewer a rare opportunity to compare and discuss the merits of selected and rejected NATSIAA artworks.

To celebrate five years of partnership with CDU Art Gallery, the Salon des Refusés will also feature a display of the wonderful artworks acquired from previous Salon exhibitions by Charles Darwin University since 2016.

WHEN THU 6 AUG – SAT 26 SEP
AT CDU Art Gallery


Nyaparu (William) Gardiner
Nyaparu (William) Gardiner (dec.) was an artist, storyteller and language worker. For several years, he recorded and wrote Nyangumarta language and stories. Nyaparu painted about his childhood in the 1940s before the Pilbara Aboriginal strike of 1946, and his work on pastoral stations throughout the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

For the last few years of his life, Nyaparu lived in Port Hedland, his childhood home. This extraordinary exhibition, held posthumously, is a physical record of Nyaparu’s incredible life.

WHEN THU 30 JUL – SAT 15 AUG
AT Tactile Arts


Mulkun Wirrpanda - Gundirr
Mulkun Wirrpanda is an independent creative from Northeast Arnhem Land, who works through the community-run Indigenous artist’s collective at Yirrkala known as Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre.

This show is the latest step along a unique pathway that she has pursued over the last 10 years. A meeting with senior non-Indigenous artist John Wolseley in 2011 at an artist gathering at Yilpara on Blue Mud Bay, organised by Nomad Art Projects, has set in train a journey whose latest staging point is Gundirr.

WHEN THU 6 – SAT 29 AUG
AT Outstation Gallery


Nyapanyapa
Salon Art Projects of Parap in conjunction with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery of Sydney present a new show to coincide with the first ever retrospective exhibition for an Indigenous woman at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the moment eternal - Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu.

“Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋgu is a woman of small stature, but big on style. Her art practice is quite independent of any bark-painting tradition within the Arnhem Land region. She is the daughter of the famous cultural leader Munggurrawuy Yunupiŋgu and sister to Galarrwuy and Mandawuy, both Australians of the Year.” – Franchesca Cubillo, National Gallery of Australia

WHEN THU 6 – SAT 29 AUG
AT The Project Space


WE ARE PAINTING FOR OUR CHILDREN (Nganana paitamilani tjitji tjuta-ku munu Anangu tjuta-ku)
Fregon is a small town with a big heart. The rhythm of that heart is undeniably the art centre. Kaltjiti Arts was established in 1961 and in recent years has become a powerhouse in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Artists such as Witjiti George, Matjangka (Nyukana) Norris and Taylor Cooper are now well established in the Indigenous art market.

This exhibition presents a selection of outstanding works with a special focus on Tjangili George, whose depictions of desert wildflowers are extraordinary.

WHEN THU 6 – SAT 29 AUG
AT Paul Johnstone Gallery


Jenni Kemarre Martinello - The Message Stick Series
“This series of message sticks are kiln fused, cut, re-assembled and refused multiple times, and then wheel carved and polished. They reference both our traditional message sticks which serve various functions, such as tokens of safe passage, summons to ceremony or trade, and other forms of communication, as well as specific native birds which are known to be messengers bringing news or warning.” - Jenni Kemarre Martiniello

WHEN THU 6 – SAT 29 AUG
AT Paul Johnstone Gallery


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Images from top:
1. Wik and Kugu Art Centre Collaboration Wikmunea, 'Songline of the Dog', 2018-2019, ochres and acrylic on Milkwood. Photo: Fiona Morrison
2. William Gardiner 'Can't Call His Name' (detail)
3. Mulkun Wirrpanda. Photo courtesy Buku Larrnggay Mulka
4. Nyapanyapa. Photo courtesy Buku Larrnggay Mulka
5. Taylor Cooper painting. Photo courtesy Kaltjiti Arts
6. Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, 'Lorikeet Message Stick #2', 2015, kiln fused, hot blown, wheel carved glass, 50x5.5cm diameter. Photo: Fiona Morrison

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