This exhibition centres on the great Ngurrara canvas, painted by Great Sandy Desert traditional owners during National Native Title tribunal hearings in 1997.

In counterpoint to the installation of Michael Riley’s cloud, this imposing painting will be exhibited with paintings and films made during recent site visits, juxtaposed with artefacts, crayon drawings and regional maps gathered during a 1952 anthropological expedition.

The exhibition runs a thread through this material, revealing enduring links to land and the overlapping roles of Aboriginal elders and anthropologists in enabling cultural transmission.

Ngurrara Artists

Karen Dayman, Daniel Vachon, Philip Jones, David Kerr
Supported by Visions Australia.

Image: detail of Ngurrara Canvas, Ngurrara Artists, 1996.