Art back NT touring exhibition, The University Gallery, The University of Newcastle

Balnhdhurr - A Lasting Impression

Celebrating Twenty Years of the Yirrkala Print Space

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 19 April to Saturday 15 July 2017

Gaymala Yunupingu Djirikitj, 1998, screenprint, 40 x 40 cm

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite print production at the Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, located in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The Yirrkala Print Space is unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.

Balnhdhurr refers to marks made on the ground as a sign for people to follow – where one group goes ahead, but wants to leave a message for those behind. An impression is scratched into the ground directing the future viewer to follow the right path. In this way printmaking provides a medium for passing on knowledge to younger generations to keep culture and history and identity alive and strong, while at the same time creating a conversation between the Yolngu (Yolŋu) people of Northeast Arnhem Land and the national and international community.

A diverse array of work showcases the Yolngu respect for clan and country, highlighting the importance of kinship with many prints relating to the creation stories and Law as passed on by their ancestors.

An Artback NT National Touring Exhibition 2017-2019 produced in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre.

Opening launch on Wednesday 19 April from 5:30pm at the University Gallery
Please join Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Research) Professor Steve Larkin and artist Ruby Djikarra Alderton
This is a free event.  Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Find out more about Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and the Yirrkala Print Space on their official website