Strong Women, Strong Painting, Strong Culture
Starts: Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 5:30 PM
Exhibition opening: indigenous women's art of the Central and Western Deserts from the Sims Dickson collection. All welcome. Includes curator's talk.Please join us for a curator's talk by Debrah Sims and Matt Dickson, followed by the official opening celebration. As traditional owners of their country and custodians of vast oral archives of knowledge and skill, these artists use their art practice to teach the Tjukurpa (the Dreaming) to younger generations and to pass on knowledge and skills in painting, printmaking, fibre and textiles. They have used art to help win native title to their land and, jointly with men artists, they own and control their community art centres. Three of these artists are ngangkari (traditional healers) and many were born in the bush, the last of the first-contact generation, living a traditional nomadic life until as recently as 1986. This is dynamic contemporary art, yet the works are often layered with different levels of complex meaning understood only by the fully initiated. For the rest of us, this essential mystery resonates and intrigues. The art of these women is a vibrant affirmation of their connection to Country. It is a statement of the strength, resilience, truth, complexity and beauty of their culture, and a hugely generous gift to us all. They share their stories and, in doing so, invite our understanding and respect. Please see Gallery website for full details of workshops and talks being held in conjunction with this exhibition, or contact the Gallery to be placed on our emailing list. EXHIBITION DATES: 17 April - 4 May. GALLERY HOURS: Wed-Sat 12-6pm.
For further information please contact:
Gillean Shaw, Phone: 02 4921 5255, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org