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Yaritji Young

Yaritji Young

Yaritji Young is a Pitjantjatjara woman born in the bush near the creek at Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands of far north South Australia. Young now resides at Amata, and is a senior law woman committed to fostering law and culture in the community. Her works are drawn from the Tjala (Honey Ant) Dreaming.

A talented multidisciplinary artist, Yaritji Young has been painting at Tjala Arts since late 2000, and has also exhibited with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers across the years. In 2004, she was a finalist in the 29th Annual Shell Fremantle Print Award and the 21st Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Both paintings and weaved objects by the artist are held in public collections in Australia.

Young was a finalist in the 2013 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and the 2016 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Alongside her sisters Tjungkara Ken, Sandra Ken, Maringka Tunkin and Freda Brady, Yaritji Young won the illustrious Wynne Prize for landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2016. The winning painting depicts the Seven Sisters story, a story about family protecting and teaching each other as women are chased by a bad man but continue to be protected by their elder sisters. 

In 2017, Yaritji Young featured in the exhibition Artists of the APY Lands at Alcaston, a significant survey exhibition of paintings and masterly ceramics by artists from across the APY Lands of far north South Australia, highlighting the diversity of individual emerging and senior artists currently working at APY Lands art centres.

Alcaston Gallery was thrilled to present Young’s first solo exhibition Walytapitiku Laina – Family Lines from 7-25 March 2017, which was a sell-out exhibition. In 2017 Yatiji Young was included in the Installation Contemporary program curated by Rachel Kent (Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art) and Megan Robson (Assistant Curator) at Sydney Contemporary. She was a finalist in the 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Yaritji Young’s work also featured in Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

In 2018 Alcaston Gallery presented Yaritji Young’s second solo exhibition Ngayuku ngura - My Country, which was a sell-out exhibition. Yaritji Young contributed to a major collaborative painting that was commissioned for Divided Worlds: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, alongside the Ken sisters Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Paniny Mick and Maringka Tunkin. In 2018 Yaritji Young was also named as a finalist in the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards Exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

In July 2018 Young presented new paintings in Artists of the APY Art Centre Collective at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne. Formed in 2017, the APY Art Centre Collective is a trailblazing organisation that comprises of entirely Indigenous owned and governed art centres working out of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) located in remote Central Australia in the far northern tip of South Australia. This exhibition highlighted the diversity of individual emerging and senior artists currently working at APY Lands art centres. In September 2018 Alcaston Gallery presented Young at Sydney Contemporary 18. 

In 2019 Yaritji Young was a Finalist in the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and a Finalist in the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. 

© The Artist, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2020

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2017     Walytapitiku Laina – Family Lines, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2018     Ngayuku ngura - My Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2019     Yaritji Young + Tjala Arts, Olsen Gruin, New York, USA

2019     Yaritji Young - From My Father's Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2000     Irititja Munu Kuwaritja Tjukurpa (Stories from the past and present), Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

2003     Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2004     Looking after country: Manta Atunymankunytja, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

2009     Kuru Alala – Eyes Open, National Touring Exhibition, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

2010     Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2010     Tjala Men and Tjanpi Desert Weavers - Watiku tjukurpa pulka mulapa, munu Minymaku tjanpi; exhibition tjungu kupu (The men’s stories are very strong with the women’s tjanpi; a strong exhibition), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2011     Western APY Lands – Pro Community, ARTKelch, Leipzig, Germany

2011     Tjala Artists. Anangu maruku mulapa – This is our real way, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2013     Heartland – Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

2014     Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2016     33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2016     Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2016     Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, New South Wales, Australia

2017     Artists of the APY Lands, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 2017     Yaritji Young: Walytjapitiku Laina - Family Lines, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2017     Sydney Contemporary 17, Carriageworks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, presented by Alcaston Gallery

2017-18 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia

2018     Divided Worlds: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

2018     Art of the APY Art Centre Collective, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2018     Sydney Contemporary 18, Carriageworks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, presented by Alcaston Gallery

2018     Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2018     Ngampa Ngura Kurunjara – The Place of Our Spirit, Olsen Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2019     36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2019-20 Before Time Began – Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland

2019     Milpatjunanyi, APY Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

 

Awards:

2013     Finalist, 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

2016     Finalist, 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

2016     Winner (Tjala Arts Collaborative), Wynne Prize

2017     Finalist, 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

2017     Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2018     Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2018     Finalist, 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2019     Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2019     Finalist, 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

 Collections:

Artbank, Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Fondation Opale, Switzerland

Private collections

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