A new exhibition called ReGeneration: established and emerging talents of Aboriginal art features at Everywhen Artspace this spring. Special highlights are paintings and ceramics by artists of Australia’s oldest community art centre, Ernabella Arts in the APY Lands, and paintings from Papunya Tjupi at Papunya — the inheritors of the famous western desert painting tradition.
With more than 40 works from these and other Aboriginal-owned community centres around Australia, the exhibition focuses on the importance of stories being passed down through generations as well as a celebration of spring.
“ReGeneration implies both the significance of the older generations passing on stories to new and emerging artists and also a celebration of the renewal of the land in springtime,” says co-curator Susan McCulloch. “It’s a very uplifting and joyous time of year in many parts of the interior, especially throughout Central Australia, the southern desert areas of the APY Lands and the Pilbara as wildflowers burst into bloom, birds and bees flock to nectar-bearing blooms and animals emerge from their winter hibernation.”
This annual renewal is reflected strongly in art, especially in paintings and weavings, which are often characterised by a sense of freshness and brilliant colouration.
As well as featuring newer works, Susan says the exhibition demonstrates the importance of heritage and family groupings in Aboriginal art with strong links seen between works by some of the more famous established artists, such as the Kimberley’s Patrick Mung Mung, Papunya artist Doris Bush Nungurrayi and Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle, and those of their younger relatives.
“The exhibition includes works by three generations of artists that show both great continuity of tradition and innovation within that tradition.”
ReGeneration opens with a curator’s floor talk on Sunday, September 29, at 2pm and runs until November 25.
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