Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture

Indigenous Women’s Art of the Central and Western Deserts – an exhibition celebrating the Centenary of International Women’s Day 2011 5 February to 27 March 2011

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery

16 Vincent St, Cessnock, Hunter Valley, NSW

An exhibition of Indigenous women’s contemporary art from the Central and Western Deserts will celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

This exhibition is drawn from an outstanding private collection of indigenous art held by a Hunter Valley family. The collection includes the work of 40 senior women artists and includes exuberant paintings on canvas, batiks, soft sculpture, carving and etchings, characterized by stunning colour and energy. Most works are being shown publicly for the first time.

The selected works outline the development of indigenous women’s contemporary art making in desert country, from early dot painting in the 1980s, through the evolution of their art making in the 90’s into the dynamic multi-dimensional movement it is today.

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture will run from 5 February to 27 March 2011.

Presenting work by over 40 indigenous women painters, fibre artists, print makers and textile artists from the Western and Central deserts, from the 1980s through to today. They include Tjapartji Bates, Anmanari Brown, Jean Burke, Alison Milyika Carroll, Myra Cook, Kunmanara (Alkawari) Dawson, Anne Dixon, Kathleen Donegan, Yangi Yangi Fox, Narelle Kanpatja Holland, Narputta Nangala Jugadai, Tjampawa Kawiny, Iwana Ken, Colleen Morton Kngwarrey, Dora Lane, Elaine Lane, Niningka Lewis, Joyce McLean, Thelma McLean, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, Millie Skeen Nampitjin, Tjunkiya Napaljarri, Maggie Watson Napangardi, Tali Tali Pompey, Nulbingka Simms, Kunmanara (Eileen) Stevens, Kunmanara (Wingu) Tingima, Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, Ruby Williamson and Tjaduwa Woods among the 40 artists.

All the works are from Aboriginal-owned and managed art centres.

Official opening  by Dr Angela Philp, Lecturer and Head of Art History and Theory, Fine Art and Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Drama, Fine Art and Music, University of Newcastle at 6pm Saturday 19th February 2011.

Epennara Artists from the remote community of Wutunugurra, over 300kms north of Alice Springs, will make a special visit to talk about their work on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2011.

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery 2011. L-R on the walls Tjunkiya Napaltjarri 2002, Myra Cook 2005, Dora Lane 2008, Millie Skeen Napitjin 1995, Tjampawa Kawiny 2010. Foreground emu and two ningtaka sculptures by Jean Burke 2008, piti by Thelma McLean 2008. All artwork copyright artists. Photo by Deborah Sims.

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture

Celebrating the Centenary of International Women’s Day – Indigenous Women’s Art of the Central and Western Deserts from the Sims Dickson collection

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, 16 Vincent St, Cessnock, NSW 2325

5 February to 27 March 2011 Open Tue – Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat – Sun 11am to 4pm. Free entry

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3 Responses to Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture

  1. In the Australian Aboriginal art
    Women Painters are a groundbreaking exhibition of art by indigenous women of Australia.
    All the paintings are demonstrating the experimental representations of their heritage.

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