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BETTY KUNTIWA PUMANI, NGUPULYA PUMANI, MARINA PUMANI BROWN Nganampa walytja - Our family

12-Jun-2019 - 13-Jul-2019
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to present new paintings by Betty Kuntiwa PumaniNgupulya Pumani and Marina Pumani Brown in Nganampa walytja – Our family. This exhibition showcases the collective cultural knowledge and unique creative vision of these three exceptional women, as they each powerfully portray their sacred landscape in the APY Lands of South Australia.

Betty Kuntiwa Pumani creates her own visual language to depict the significant site of Antara, of which she is a traditional custodian. Using her signature palette of red, blue and white, the strong yet subtle contrasts in her highly sophisticated compositions suggest the beauty and power of Antara, as well as her innate connection with the land. Winner of the prestigious General Painting Award at the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2015 and 2016, and winner of the Wynne Prize in 2017, Betty continues to build on her stellar artistic career being shortlisted this year for both the36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin and the Wynne Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Together with her sister Betty, Anangu artist Ngupulya Pumani is also a proud custodian of Antara. Her luminescent paintings present intricate designs that represent the sacred stories and ceremonies relating to the site, which were passed down to her by her late mother: "Antara is my mother's country. She taught me the stories, and showed me the places, like one special rockhole where women would have inma (ceremony). Now I remember her when I paint Antara."

Daughter of Betty Pumani, Marina Pumani Brown embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists, as her work captures the long line cultural knowledge passed down to her from her mother and ancestors. Marina’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of the landscape and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Antara is always present in her work, Marina broadens her practice by culminating both the traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands. 

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Rene Sundown •Ngura Tali - Sand Dune Country

24-Jan-2024 - 14-Feb-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is thrilled to introduce respected senior Yankunytjatjara artist, Rene Sundown, in her debut exhibition with the gallery, Ngura Tali - Sand Dune Country.

Sundown is a senior artist and longstanding director of the Iwantja Art Centre in Indulkana, South Australia, whose practice is dedicated to passing on knowledge to future generations. Having exhibited in important national and international group exhibitions over the past decade, this will be Sundown’s ...

Alcaston Gallery Christmas Gifts Exhibition 2023•Limited edition PRINTS and WORKS ON PAPER

29-Nov-2023 - 15-Dec-2023
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Alcaston Gallery Christmas Gifts Exhibition 2023 presents exceptional works on paper and limited edition prints from over thirty-five years of contemporary Australian First Nations art showcasing a selection of rare and special release works by important artists on exhibition at the Alcaston Gallery Exhibition Space, 84 William Street, Melbourne/Naarm from 29 November until 15 December 2023.

 

CLAY•Ben McKeown•Karen Mills•Dean Smith

27-Sep-2023 - 13-Oct-2023
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Clay comes from the earth; in its many forms, textures and colours, clay harnesses our world’s enigmatic power, energy, and secret life force.

With its affinity to earth and water, clay is an accumulated matrix of plant, animal, and mineral; wet or dry, white or coloured, this natural material has been used since ancient times in the form of ochre in sacred ceremonies and for medicinal purposes, as well as a strong, pliable matter for utilitarian functions such as building, cooking and creating practical ...

Maringka Burton •Anumara Piti, Caterpillar Tjukurpa

24-Jan-2024 - 14-Feb-2024
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Alcaston Gallery is delighted to present Anumara Piti, Caterpillar Tjukurpa, a solo exhibition by the revered Pitjantjatjara artist Maringka Burton.

Burton is a highly respected artist and ngangkari (traditional healer), whose distinctive compositions have garnered wide national recognition and admiration; including exhibiting in The National 2021, a landmark exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, and being named as a finalist in the prestigious Wynne Prize, presented by the Art Gallery of NSW in 2021 and ...

HERMANNSBURG POTTERS•Teaching Young Ones

29-Nov-2023 - 15-Dec-2023
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Alcaston Gallery is proud to present new ceramic works by the internationally acclaimed Hermannsburg Potters, Teaching the Young Ones, on exhibition at the Alcaston Gallery Exhibition Space – 84 William Street Naarm/ Melbourne from 29 November until 15 December 2023.

Through each exquisite ceramic work, the artists eloquently convey their connection to Country and community, unveiling the rich tapestry of contemporary life in Western Aranda Country in the Northern Territory, resulting in a ...

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