THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS Looking Back, Moving Forward
In this major retrospective exhibition, Looking Back, Moving Forward, the HERMANNSBURG POTTERS bring the vibrant landscape and spirit of Central Australia to life with their sublime hand-crafted terracotta and underglaze pots, taking inspiration from their natural environment, rich cultural history and day to day life activities, together with the individual style and creativity of each artist.
In celebration of their 30th anniversary, and close to 30 years of representation by Alcaston Gallery, the Potters “look back” and reflect on their careers working with Director Beverly Knight, depicting their favourite themes and subjects including country, family, birds, animals, bush tucker, mission days and current life in Hermannsburg, based at the remote foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Since 1990, the Hermannsburg Potters have been depicting their Aranda stories on unique hand-built ceramics, contributing to their self-employment and artistic career. Now regarded as master ceramicists, the Hermannsburg Potters have an extensive career exhibiting widely through Australia and internationally. A highlight was their 2016 commission for the National Gallery of Victoria, ‘Our Land is Alive’, which set new benchmarks for their engaging and lyrical pots. This survey exhibition at Alcaston Gallery is certainly a triumphant and well-deserved highlight of these incredible artists’ careers.
Kakalhalha (Major Mitchell's Pink Cockatoo)
Birds of our Country
Northern Territory Day
Pirlkara at Palm Valley
Mission Days - Vegetable Garden
Mission Days - Meat House
Arrkingarra (Barn Owl)
Ntharrarta (Blue-Tongue Lizard)
NONGGIRRNGA MARAWILI Pink Lightning
This powerful body of work, Pink Lightning reveals an engrained understanding of Noŋgirrŋa Marawili’s environment, family and history through her expressive and organic forms of painting. By combining natural materials such as earth ochres and stringy bark with a striking use of pink pigment (recovered from recycled print toner cartridges), Noŋgirrŋa alludes to her strong cultural ties, whilst simultaneously crossing artistic boundaries that only a senior woman of her strength could even contemplate.