Barkly artists are different to the rest of the (Northern) Territory ...
Their art is more iconic and robust...They do well nationally and
their work is snapped up when it emerges. ....
- Lorna Martin, curator of the exhibition: 'Barkly Arts'
Barkly Arts features the work of Indigenous artists from remote Barkly communities and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
Their art is considered 'raw' - made in the region using grass, water and the sun as artistic tools. Works by visiting artists Winsome Jobling, Wendy McGrath, Trish Robson and China De La Vega will be included in the exhibition. 'Barkly Arts' opens at Noosa Regional Gallery on Friday 18 August at 6pm, concluding Sunday 17 September.
The Barkly Region spreads from the Gulf to the Queensland border and south of Tennant Creek. Larger than the state of Victoria, Barkly's 300,000 square kilometre span features over 13 different language groups. Lorna Martin, curator of this exhibition and executive officer of Barkly Regional Arts (Tennant Creek), explains: "We have a large area to cover and, as most of this is in the bush, it's a real task. I usually take materials and give a few workshops wherever I can. Sometimes there is a table sometimes there is not."
Approximately two hundred pieces are to be exhibited and are for sale. The work has been created in a series of workshops conducted by printmaker Wendy McGrath, paper artist Winsome Jobling, artist Trish Robson and Barkly Regional Arts project officer China de la Vega.
The body of work includes solar etchings, mono prints, paper made from spinifex, cut grass and mitchell grass and fabric featuring batik using several dyeing techniques.
Sunshine coast artist, Trish Robson, joined the project in Epenarra: "Endless blue sky, red earth spotted with yellow-green spinifex, grasses and jaunty desert trees. Epenarra exists in this landscape, overcrowded with scarce accommodation and facilities. The Women's centre became the meeting place for two weeks of frenetic creativity... women endeavouring to make a difference in a culture of neglect."
Barkly artists and other members of the community have painted twenty footballs for exhibition and sale in conjunction with the 'Barkly Arts' exhibition. All proceeds will go towards education expenses for the children of the Ali Curung community.
Noosa Regional Gallery
Riverside, Pelican Street, Tewantin
Phone: 07 5449 5370
Fax: 07 5447 1062
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