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Artbank launches new Tjungu Palya exhibition


White wall on which is hung several framed paintings of swirling lines and circles and other Indigenous forms.
Image featuring works by Beryl Jimmy, Watarru Collaborative, Ruth Fatt and Bernard Tjalkuri. Photography by Silversalt.
8 Aug 2019 to 8 Nov 2019
Waterloo NSW

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
222 Young Street Waterloo NSW
Dates: 25 July to 8 November 2019
Time: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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About Artbank

Established in 1980, Artbank is an Australian Government arts support program. The program aims to increase the sustainability and accessibility of Australian contemporary art; support Australian contemporary artists; and encourage engagement with Australian contemporary art by the broader community. The Artbank collection includes more than 11,000 artworks across a range of mediums including painting, video, photography and sculpture. The artworks can be accessed through Artbank’s unique art leasing program where artworks can be leased by organisations and individuals.

About the Tjungu Palya Art Centre

Tjungu Palya is based in the Nyapari Community in South Australia. It is an Aboriginal owned corporation that represents a group of top tier Australian Indigenous artists. Tjungu Palya focuses on the production of high quality artworks which are produced in the studio. Find out more:

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8 Aug 2019 to 8 Nov 2019
222 Young Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

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