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Story of the Dot

Aboriginal Art is the oldest form of artistic expression in the world

Papunya, a settlement 240km North-West of Alice Springs, has been heralded as the birthplace of Contemporary Indigenous Art. In 1971, school teacher Geoffrey Bardon encouraged some men from the Western Desert to paint their dreaming stories onto canvas. Stories only previously drawn on desert sand. This particular Western Desert style derives from the artist’s knowledge of traditional body and sand paintings associated with ceremony. To portray these Dreamtime creation stories for the public has required the removal of sacred symbols and careful monitoring of ancestral designs. In some instances, a new “dotting” technique was adopted to hide sacred elements. This “dotting” technique has now become synonymous with Indigenous Art.

The Story of the Dot explores the “dotting” motif and will feature paintings from Papunya Tula, and artists Peg Leg Tjamitjinpa, Willy Tjungurrayi, Michelle Possum Nungarrayi, and Walala Tjapaltjarri.

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Where

326 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia

When

Saturday 7 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 10 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Thursday 12 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Friday 13 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Saturday 14 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 17 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 18 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Thursday 19 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Friday 20 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Saturday 21 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 24 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 25 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Thursday 26 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Friday 27 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm
Saturday 28 September 2019 from 10am to 5pm

Cost

Free

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