The Dreamers exhibition celebrates the lives and outstanding work of eight distinguished Aboriginal artists who have contributed significantly to Australia’s cultural landscape through their creative endeavours.
The exhibition is drawn exclusively from the Gallery’s collection and includes artists from across the country, working in diverse mediums and styles. From the delicate ochre paintings of the late Tiwi artist Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu Kitty Kantilla, to the bold innovative acrylic works of Western Desert artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and the textured and dyed surfaces of Brisbane based artist Judy Watson, these artists represent the cultural diversity of Aboriginal Australia.
The Dreamers features the work of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Dr David Malangi, Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu Kitty Kantilla, Judy Watson, Rusty Peters, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, and John Mawurndjul. The exhibition profiles major bodies of work by each artist and draws comparisons with key works by other artists with whom they share a synergy.
Fundamental to each of the artists included is their innovation within tradition which has lead to sustained and successful careers. Drawing on the strength of their country and culture each artist has created a new vision, revolutionising Aboriginal art and greatly enhancing our shared cultural heritage.
ART AFTER HOURS EXHIBITION TALKS in association with The Dreamers
8 July Julie Gough, artist in The Dreamers exhibition
15 July Jonathan Jones, curator
22 July Emily McDaniel, Indigenous multimedia artist/educator
29 July Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art Sydney, talks on the life and art of Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
5 August Bill Gregory, Director Annandale Galleries, talks on John Mawurndjul’s work in the exhibition
12 August Vanessa Russ, Indigenous artist and educator
Free weaving demonstration/workshops in the Yiribana Gallery
Wednesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 July 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Join Indigenous artists from the South Coast, Aaron Broad and Tracey Henry, in The Dreamers exhibition for a workshop on traditional and contemporary weaving techniques. Materials supplied.
KIDS AUDIO TOUR
Look, listen and have fun.
This tour includes over 25 works from the Gallery's Collection, with 11 new works from The Dreamers exhibition.
Suitable for 5-12 year olds (with an adult).
Download for free at www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/kids or hire an iPod from the Information desk from $7.
ART AFTER HOURS CELEBRATES NAIDOC WEEK
WEDNESDAY 8 JULY
EXHIBTION TALK 5.30pm
Julie Gough, artist in The Dreamers exhibiton
CELEBRITY TALK 6.30pm
Bruce Pascoe, award-winning Australian writer, editor and anthologist
Bruce's books include Shark, Ruby-eyed Coucal, Ocean, Earth, Nightjar and, most recently, Convincing Ground. He has also worked on The First Australians documentary and has been involved in research into Indigenous history and Indigenous language revival, and a collaboration with the Wathaurong Aboriginal community has resulted in a series of Wathaurong language teaching aids, including a Wathaurong language dictionary.
WINTER WEAVING 7.30 - 8.30pm
Free weaving demonstration/workshop in the Yiribana Gallery
MUSIC IN THE ARTBAR 7.30pm
Microwave Jenny Indigenous Folk/Jazz duet
NAIDOC WEEK EVENTS FOR FAMILIES
Monday 13 – Friday 17 July
Join Indigenous multi-media artist Emily McDaniel for a dynamic workshop focusing on the Gallery’s collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Use movement, music, performance and role-playing to understand and respond to these beautiful artworks and create your own sound piece.
Bookings essential: Telephone: (02) 9225 1740
Ages 5 – 8 Mon 13 -Fri 17, 10.30am - 12 noon $25
Ages 9 – 13 Wed 15 July only, 2 - 4pm $30
FREE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES
Ngununy: the cheeky fruit bat
Monday 13 – Friday 17 July, 1.30pm
Sponsors of the Yiribana Gallery since 1995