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Current Exhibitions

  • JILA KUJARRA: TWO SNAKES DREAMING

     

    Jila Kujarra: Two Snakes Dreaming is an exciting cross-cultural collaboration between Warnman artist Desmond Taylor and Boorloo-based textiles practitioner Mariaan Pugh, commissioned by Fremantle Arts Centre in partnership with Martumili Artists. 

    Taylor and Pugh have worked together to transform Taylor’s Niminjarra paintings, usually seen on canvas or paper, into highly tactile textile works, animating the important Niminjarra Jukurrpa (Dreaming).

    “Niminjarra is the two brothers transforming into a snake so they can come back home to Ngayartakujarra (Lake Dora). They were in training for ceremony, those two brothers, but they were kept too long, and nobody was there to release them. They waited then they decided to transform into snakes to travel back to where they came from, because their mother was waiting for them. This is Jukurrpa (Dreaming story).”

    — Desmond Taylor, 2019

    This body of work is born of Taylor’s desire to see his artworks reimagined through a textile medium and is a contemporary crafting of important ancestral stories deeply rooted in Warnman Ngurra (Country).

    The dynamic intercultural collaboration between Desmond Taylor and textiles practitioner and educator Mariaan Pugh continues the practice of cultural and creative exchange, driven by Taylor and other Martu artists through Martumili Artists, sharing narratives and understandings of the world from the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson deserts with national and international audiences.

     

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    Jilla Kujarra is now touring with Art on the Move:

     

    February 16 - April 12, 2024

    Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre

     

    April 19 - April 28, 2024

    Victoria Park Centre for the Arts July

     

    18 - August 24, 2024

    Warwick Art Gallery (QLD)

     

    January 17 - February 23, 2025

    Goldfields Arts Centre

  • Following in Footsteps

    Many of the works by Martumili artists are representations of Country as defined by familial ties- artists paint “where their family is from and where they belong to” (Kuru Gladys Bidu). One’s Country encompasses their birthplace, and the Country they and their family lived on during the pujiman (traditional, desert dweller) era.  Following in footsteps charts this relationship between family walytja and Country.

     

    On now at the Martumili Gallery, Newman

    8th March - 23rd June

  • Revealed 2024!

     

    This year the annual Revealed Exhibition returns to Fremantle Arts Centre in collaboration with the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia (AACHWA.)

    The exhibition celebrates the diversity, talent and passion of contemporary Aboriginal Art practice in Western Australia.

    Known for championing new and emerging First Nations artists, in 2024 there are 42 artists featured in Revealed for the first time – the highest number of emerging artists that have featured in the exhibition since its inception.

    Martumili is thrilled that Sharon Porter, Kennedy Finlay and Lynette Rowlands will be amongst those exhibiting.

     

    Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle

    Opening Thursday 9th May

    10th of May - 4th of August

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