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Kawita Vatanajyankur's solo exhibition Performing Textiles is on display at Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 5th May 2018 - 26th Aug 2018. 

In her video-based performances Kawita Vatanajyankur (b.1987, Thailand) uses her own body as a tool, exploring and exploiting her physical and psychological limits through repetitive actions and endurance. Her practice, underpinned by her position as a Thai woman, is predicated on an ongoing interest in issues surrounding everyday labour – both inside and outside of the home. This area of ongoing research has seen Vatanajyankur bring domestic chores and gender binaries, working conditions and social ideologies, and industrial processes to the fore. These research threads are then translated into a concept that presents a direct challenge to the artist – can she symbolically and literally become the object or tool in question? Can her body be used as an artifact?

For more information on the exhibition please visit the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's website.

Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to be curating a solo series of works by Kawita later this year from the 17 October - 10 November 2018.

To register your interest please contact us at

Image | Kawita Vatanajyankur, Untangled, 2018, HD video. 

23rd May 2018


Congratulations to Claudia Moodoonuthi who was awarded the Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award at last night’s Queensland Young Achiever Awards ceremony! 

The Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment of young people in achieving excellence in their chosen field and who are actively making a positive contribution to their community. The award recognises young Indigenous Australians who are strong role models and who have achieved cultural and critical success. 

2017 was an extraordinary milestone in the young artist’s flourishing career. Moodoonuthi’s work was featured in Who’s Afraid of Colour? at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, an exhibition of prominent Indigenous women artists whose practices are unbounded by convention; and her painting My Body, My Country was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge as part of the Maiwar Festival, Brisbane. 

In 2017 Moodoonuthi was also awarded the Artbank + QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Commission, QLD and created a major installation for the Mecca Cosmetica + National Gallery of Victoria Holiday collaboration. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW; Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD; and Queensland Health Collection. 

5th May 2018


Congratulations to all the artists announced as finalists in the Archibald and Wynne Prizes! 

  • Yaritji Young – Finalist, Wynne Prize
  • Betty Kuntiwa Pumani – Finalist, Wynne Prize
  • Peter Mungkuri – Finalist, Wynne Prize
  • Ray Ken – Finalist, Wynne Prize
  • Nellie Coulthard – Finalist, Wynne Prize
  • Wawiriya Burton – Finalist, Wynne Prize 

The 2018 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize will be on exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from  12 May to 9 September 2018. The winner announced on the 11 May 

Image | Yaritji Young, Tjala Tjukurpa (Honey Ant Story) Synthetic polymer paint on linen 240 x 201 cm; Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, Synthetic polymer paint on linen 250 x 200 cm; Ray Ken, Tali Tjukurpa (Sand Dune Country) , Synthetic polymer paint on linen 198 x 198 cm; Peter Mungkuri, Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), Ink and acrylic on linen, 2 panels: each 198.5 x 152 cm; 198.5 x 304 cm overall; Wawiriya Burton, Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), Synthetic polymer paint on linen 240 x 201 cm; Nellie Coulthard, Tjuntala ngurangka (country with acacia wattle), Synthetic polymer paint on linen 198 x 198 cm. Courtesy of the artists, Iwantja Arts, Tjala Arts and Mimili Maku Arts. 

5th May 2018


Congratulations to all the finalists for the 34th Telstra NATSIAA!

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) has announced the finalists that have been selected to be part of the country's most prestigious national Indigenous art awards, the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) 2018. 

Alcaston Gallery congratulates all of our represented and exhibiting artists selected as finalists:  

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani

Betty Muffler

Dhambit Munuŋgurr

Guykuḏa Munuŋgurr 

Kathy Inkamala

David Frank

Jimmy Pompey

Ken Sisters Collaborative

Pepai Jangala Carroll

Peter Mungkuri

Ray Ken

Tiger Yaltangki

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin

Yaritji Young


Image | Tuppy Goodwin, Antara, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 122 x 200 cm © The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2018

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27th April 2018


Congratulations to Nonggirrnga Marawili who is a finalist in the Alice Prize which opened today!

The Alice Prize celebrates its 40th incarnation with an increased award for the winning artwork of $40,000.

The exhibition of finalists opened today at the Araluen Art Centre in Darwin. The winner on the prize will be announced tomorrow.

The judge for the 40th Alice Prize is Brian Ritchie, curator of the MONA FOMA festival and member of the Violent Femmes. The winning work is acquired for the Araluen Art Collection, continuing the Alice Springs Art Foundation’s essential contribution to both the establishment and ongoing enhancement of one of the largest regional Australian art collections, for the benefit of the Central Australian community.

Congratulations to all the selected finalists.

For more information on Nonggirrnga Marawili or to view available works, please see her artist page on our website.

For more information on the prize, please visit the Alice Prize website.

Image Details | Nonggirrnga Marawili at the 33rd Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia. Image courtesy of The Australian

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27th April 2018
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