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  • Streets of Papunya @ UNSW
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Exhibition and Book Launch Curated by eminent scholar of Papunya art Vivien Johnson, Streets of Papunya celebrates the renaissance of painting that has occurred in Papunya since the establishment of the Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre in 2007. The exhibition and accompanying publication showcases the remarkable art of the women painters of Papunya alongside short films that explore the reality of life in the community and some of the important first works to leave Papunya. Streets of Papunya includes some of the first women painters in the desert, who joined the original Papunya art movement in the early 1980s, and the daughters of many of the ground-breaking Papunya Tula artists of the 1970s. Highlighting the work of early, established and emerging artists, The Streets of Papunya reiterates the rich cultural history of painting in Central Australia through the eyes of the contemporary generation. The exhibition also looks at the history of painting practice at Papunya, including Albert Namatjiraʼs final paintings; early paintings from the 1970s and ʼ80s, from Papunya’s dark time as the ʻcarpetbagging capital of the desertʼ, through to its inspirational resurgence today as its artists reinvent Papunya painting for the twenty-first century. In addition to new paintings from Papunya Tjupi, it includes significant loans from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Flinders University Collection. Artists in the exhibition from past and present include Albert Namatjira, Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula, Martha McDonald Napaltjarri, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Vivien Johnsonʼs book of the same name, published by NewSouth Publishing, will be launched in association with the exhibition. The artists are flying down to Sydney to officially open the exhibiton on October 2 with a talk and performance. All are invited to attend. Streets of Papunya is currently on at UNSW until the 7th of November and tours to Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide (12 February -17 April), RMIT, Melbourne (7 May - 11 June) and ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra (14 July - 21 August) in 2016.
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‘We want to present our film at the Desert Mob Symposium this year and we will be very proud’ – Isobel Gorey
At the Desert Mob Symposium 2015 Papunya Tjupi artists presented a short film ‘Karrinyarra’ (produced in partnership with Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi) which documents the art centres bush trip to Karinyarra earlier in 2015. Twenty artists from Papunya Tjupi, four staff and a lot of swags and blankets piled into four Toyota Troopies and went on a bush trip for two nights and three days to Karinyarra (Mt Wedge) about an hour north-east of Papunya where they camped under the Kunkarra (desert pine) near the shores of the dry salt lake. It was the artists’ wish to share the beautiful country and the experience of the bush trip with the Desert Mob audience via a short film. Alongside the film screening senior ladies from Papunya Tjupi came to town to give a performance at the Desert Mob Dance Site. The Papunya Tjupi dancers were proud to perform the Tjupi song and dance that tells the Dreamtime story of the honey ants that travelled in ancient times from the west to Warumpi (Papunya) where some settled forming the sacred Tjupi Puli (Warumpi Hill). The Papunya Tjupi dancers are led by Tilau Nangala with Punata Stockman Nungarrayi, Isobel Gorey Nambajimba, Isobel Major Nampitjinpa and Rosalie Miller Napaltjarri. The Desert Mob exhibition is on until the 1st of November at Araluen art gallery in Alice Springs.
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7 -9 August 2015

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair showcases the contemporary fine art of over fifty Australia Indigenous Art Centres at its annual event.


Martha McDonald Napaltjarri is an important Luritja Elder in the Papunya community. Born in 1941, Martha experienced a lot of living before she emerged as a vibrant and meticulous painter in 2008. Within this beautiful Elder is a funky fledgling artist full of colour and soul. Her enthusiasm and aliveness is quite tangible, and it…
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