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MICK WIKILYIRI Ngayuku Ngura - My Country, Apara Springs

27-Oct-2021 - 19-Nov-2021
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Alcaston Gallery presents new work by important Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artist Mick Wikilyiri in his sixth solo exhibition, Ngayuku Ngura - My Country, Apara Springs, presented with new work by his daughter Yaritji Young. Wikilyiri’s highly contemporary paintings reveal the artist’s intimate connection with his Country, Apara Springs, in the lands which surround Amata in the APY Lands of far north South Australia.

 

Wikilyiri’s striking imagery combined with a subdued and sophisticated tonal colour palette offers thoughtful and evocative depictions of the landscapes surrounding Amata, and of his Country, Apara Springs. As a respected elder in his community, Wikilyiri’s expressive paintings are a celebration of Anangu culture, as well as a means to protect cultural and environmental ties for future generations. This is exemplified by the profound influence and knowledge that Wikilyiri has imparted to his daughter, the celebrated artist Yaritji Young, whose practice offers her own understanding of her father’s Country and culture.

A leading senior artist at Tjala Arts, Wikilyiri has reached great artistic heights throughout his career including a major exhibition at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, New South Wales in 2016 entitled Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars, and in 2017 he contributed to two major collaborative projects, Kulata Tjuta - a work for Kunmanara (Gordon) Ingkatji - and the Kulata Tjuta Project, which were both featured in the Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. In the same year, he also contributed to a major collaborative painting Kulatangku angakanyini manta munu Tjukurpa which was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. In 2019 Wikilyiri was recognised as 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, and in 2020, his work was exhibited in Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Brittany, France. Wikilyiri has been collected by many major institutions in Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Parliament House Collection, Canberra; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and the Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland.

© The Artist, Tjala Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2021

YARITJI YOUNG Ngura Kunpu - Strong Country

27-Oct-2021 - 19-Nov-2021
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present Yaritji Young’s fifth solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery, 'Ngura Kunpu - Strong Country', presented with new work by her father, important Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands artist Mick Wikilyiri.

Sydney Contemporary 2021 - EXPLORE (Online Fair)

11-Nov-2021 - 21-Nov-2021
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Sydney Contemporary 2021 will be presented exclusively online as, Explore Sydney Contemporary, 11-21 November 2021.

JUDY MARTIN Kurunpa Tjunanyi - Putting The Spirit Back In Place

01-Dec-2021 - 17-Dec-2021
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Alcaston Gallery proudly presents a new body of work by Judy Martin, a senior Pitjantjatjara artist living and working in Mimili community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in north-west South Australia.  Martin is known for her bold visual language and the deep joy for storytelling that she brings to her community.

© The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2021

Hermannsburg Potters 2021 Artwa Urrknga Mpaaritjaarta - Claywork Made By Men

01-Dec-2021 - 17-Dec-2021
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present new ceramic work by Arrernte Men from the Hermannsburg Potters in Alice Springs, the Northern Territory in 'Artwa Urrknga Mpaaritjaarta - Claywork Made By Men'

Judy Holding - Small Works

01-Dec-2021 - 17-Dec-2021
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Judy Holding's series of small paintings on timber board beautifully encapsulate the rich imagery of the Australian landscape.

Produced during the current Victorian Lockdown to bring the artist joy to herself and those around her, these beautiful small works would make ideal Christmas gifts so make sure you get in quick! 

NEWS & EVENTS

A NOTE FROM THE GALLERY MANAGER...

On behalf of my Director and mentor Beverly Knight and my small yet extraordinary team at Alcaston Gallery, I wanted to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to all the wonderful…

BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE 2021

Regional Victorians have the pleasure of visiting the incredible array of photographic artists and exhibitions at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2021, which has announced that the festival will…

BARK LADIES EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA

Bark Ladies is a landmark exhibition celebrating Yolngu women artists from Northeast Arnhem Land that have work held in the NGV’s permanent collection.

 

JOSINA PUMANI SHORTLISTED FOR THE PADDINGTON ART PRIZE 2021

Congratulations to emerging APY Lands artist Josina Pumani who has been shortlisted for the $30,000 acquisitive Paddington Art Prize 2021. 

 

BETTY MUFFLER ANNOUNCED AS A FINALIST IN THE ARTHUR GUY MEMORIAL PAINTING PRIZE 2021

Congratulations to celebrated APY Lands artist Betty Muffler who has been shortlisted for the prestigious $50,000 acquisitive Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2021 at the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

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