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Artbank launches new Tjungu Palya exhibition

19 Jul 2019

Artbank has today launched its latest exhibition in collaboration with 12 artists from the Tjungu Palya Art Centre in South Australia, as part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages. 

Two years in the making, Tjungu Palyangku Tjukurpa titutjara kunpu ngaranytja-ku | As we come together we stand strong for our story retells Tjukurpa (sacred stories) through different mediums including painting, ink drawing and performance video. The unique exhibition is now on display at Artbank’s Sydney gallery and opens at Artbank’s Melbourne premises next week.

Led by the Watarru Collaborative, the Kanmpi Collaborative and the Wati Collaborative, the exhibition shows the vibrancy and contemporary nature of their stories and way of life through inma (performing sacred ritual).

Language is a key focus for the exhibition with some of the videos including local Indigenous languages spoken by some of the artists. There is also supporting material available with translations and explanations of the stories embedded in the artworks.

Featured artists include Teresa Baker, Maringka Baker, Kani Tunkin Baker, Ruth Fatt, Kunmanara (Wipana) Jimmy, Beryl Jimmy, Imitjala Pollard, Keith Stevens, Bernard Tjalkuri and Ginger Wikilyiri. 

All of the artworks have been acquired for the Artbank collection and will be available through its leasing scheme once the exhibition has concluded. Artbank’s leasing scheme allows individuals and organisations to rent Australian artworks to be displayed in their chosen space. The leasing fees contribute towards supporting emerging Australian artists. 

The exhibition is free to attend and bookings are not required:

Artbank Sydney :
Where: 222 Young Street Waterloo NSW
Dates: 18 July to 4 November 2019
Time: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Artbank Melbourne :
Where: 18 – 24 Down Street Collingwood VIC
Dates: 25 July to 4 November 2019 
Time: Wednesday to Friday, 11am to 4pm  

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Image featuring works by Beryl Jimmy, Watarru Collaborative, Ruth Fatt and Bernard Tjalkuri. Photography by Silversalt.

Find out more

Visit the Artbank website to read the original media release.

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