This event has now closed.

Matriarchs: Motherlines of the Yolgnu and Tiwi Islands

Bringing together generations of artists committed to keeping Yolgnu and Tiwi law and cultures strong

Matriarchs: Motherlines of the Yolgnu and Tiwi Islands, brings together generations of artists committed to keeping Yolgnu and Tiwi law and cultures strong. The exhibition considers their work from the perspective of a feminist genealogy tracing matriarchal and collegiate relationships.

Elders can be comparatively young in a biological sense. The focus is on life stages and relative degrees of maturity, rather than on chronological age (Morphy, 2004). Cultural knowledge and helping children understand the practical aspects of life, society and culture as well leadership abilities and decision making on behalf of the community are valued. Most of the exhibiting artists also teach or also do ranger work. Nongirrnga Marawili is a senior advisor to children at Yirrkala school, Banduk Marika has served on the boards of the National Gallery and Australia Council and Michelle Woody Minnapinni is the current chair of Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association which includes the Muluwurri Museum (established in 1988), a collection held in trust for the Milikapiti community.

In the late 1970s and 1980s across the Aboriginal art world radical changes made obsolete the divisive categories of urban versus traditional, or innovative versus static. This included founding artist-run art centres and ANKAAA in Darwin, now known as ANKA and Desart.

Opening conversation: Sunday 18 November at 2pm

With Will Stubbs, co-ordinator Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre and Nongirrnga Marawili, artist

Artists: Kaye Brown, Raelene Kerinauia, Banduk Marika, Nongirrnga Marawili, Liawaday Marawili, Marrnyula Munungurr, Mulkun Wirrpanda, Mrs Wirrpanda (Galuma Maymuru) and Michelle Woody Minnapinni

Presented with: Buku Art Centre and Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Milikapiti Community (Snake Bay), Melville Island, NT



Thursdays to Saturdays, 11am to 6pm

Thursday 15 November to Saturday 15 December 2018



More Info

Hashtag: #thecrossartprojects

Event tags


Like this event? See more:

The latest events direct to you

Error 404

Oops, no events here!

Try searching for an event, or return to the home page.