Spinifex Mise-en-scène: Multiple worlds converge in contemporary Aboriginal art production

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Anglo-Australian nuclear testing at Maralinga displaced the Wangkayi, now known as the Spinifex people, from their desert homelands in the 1950s. Rounded up by desert patrols, they were interned at Cundeelee, far from their homelands. In the 1980s, using proceeds from a Maralinga restitution settlement, they moved to Tjuntjuntjara, a homeland site. The Spinifex arts project, established in 1997, produced paintings as documents of land tenancy for a successful Native Title Claim in 2000.

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Cyril Brown and Lawrence Pennington, Dakurrl & Waru-Kurda, 139 x 132 cm. This painting shows two major Spinifex sites associated with the Waluwarru (Wedge-tailed Eagle) and Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) stories. Aboriginal Patterns, Aboriginal Symbols, Aboriginal Culture, Aboriginal Artists, Dot Art Painting, Unusual Art, Australian Art, Indigenous Art, Bearded Dragon

“Pila Nguru” – how the Spinifex People claimed their land by painting it – Part One of a series – The Northern Myth

The Bush Turkey Tjukurrpa is one of two major Tjukurrpa to pass through the country of the Spinifex People. It is a Tjukurrpa that is seen by other Western Desert people as belonging to the Spinifex people...The Wati Kipara...involves the travels of an old Bustard who attempts to steal the world's fire and drown it in the ocean at Madura. The Wati Kipara Tjukurrpa involves excruciating physical punishment, murder, betrayal, sex, deceit and intrigue, but the details of these events remain…

Judith Donaldson, Ngorln, 2003, acrylic on linen, 138.5 x 87.0 cm. Spinifex Arts Project; Neil Murphy Aboriginal Art, Sydney; Collection of William and Lucy Mora, Melbourne; Deutscher and Hackett auction, Melbourne, 2010; 3,600 K Au. (Sold as the market hit bottom at a deal-of-a-lifetime price). Neil Murphy, Art Production, Australian Artists, Aboriginal Art, Beautiful Paintings, Pattern Art, Art Projects, Abstract Art, Auction

Judith Donaldson, Ngorln, 2003, acrylic on linen, 138.5 x 87.0 cm. Spinifex Arts Project; Neil Murphy Aboriginal Art, Sydney; Collection of William and Lucy Mora, Melbourne; Deutscher and Hackett auction, Melbourne, 2010; 3,600 K Au. (Sold as the market hit bottom at a deal-of-a-lifetime price).

Everyday Spirituality: The Spinifex Arts Project Paintings Art Production, Aboriginal Painting, Sand Painting, Painted Leaves, Beautiful Paintings, Wood Carving, Art Inspo, Color Inspiration, Art Projects

Everyday Spirituality: The Spinifex Arts Project Paintings

When Spinifex Artists are painting, they are drawing on creation stories, law, religion - spirituality is part of everyday life.

Curator and artistic director of Adelaide's upcoming Tarnanthi indigenous arts festival, Nici Cumpston, with a men's collaborative painting by artists of the Spinifex Arts Project in Tjuntjuntjara. Australian Painters, Australian Artists, Art Production, Wool Thread, Maori Art, Indigenous Art, Aboriginal Art, Dot Painting, Art Festival

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Left: Spinifex men's collective canvas, Desert Mob exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, 2013. Art Production, Australian Art, Aboriginal Art, Art Projects, Events, Artists, Contemporary, Abstract, Pictures

Left: Spinifex men's collective canvas, Desert Mob exhibition, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, 2013.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is shown a Spinifex women's collective canvas as he visits the 'Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation' exhibition at the British Museum on April 2015 in London, England. Art Production, Prince Of Wales, Aboriginal Art, Pen And Paper, Prince Charles, British Museum, London England, Circles, Art Projects

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is shown artwork as he visits the...

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is shown artwork as he visits the "Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation" exhibition at the British Museum on April 30, 2015 in London, England.TThe show is the...

Lawrence Pennington, Purpur, 2012, acrylic on linen, 60 x 75 cm. Spinifex Arts Project, Tjuntjuntjara; Artkelch  Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Freiburg, Germany. Indigenous Art, Aboriginal Art, Art Projects, Art Production, Gallerie, Images, Contemporary, Arts, Germany

Lawrence Pennington: Purpur - ARTKELCH - Contemporary Aboriginal Art

„Nyangatja kapi piti Purpur mina pulkanga ka wati kutjaraku kali tjukurpa. Dieses Wasserloch heißt Purpur. Es ist eine große Wasserquelle, und zu dies...

Fred Grant Myrral during a Punu (wood craft) Project workshop, July Aboriginal Man, Aboriginal History, Aboriginal People, Barn Wood Crafts, Animal Species, Unique Animals, Modern History, Great Barrier Reef, Continents

Art show brings sculptures from Tjuntjuntjara to Perth

The Punu Project features a collection of unique wood works from remote Tjuntjuntjara community, 700km east of Kalgoorlie.

Before British colonisation in every part of Australia was populated by different Indigenous groups, each with their own territory, language, laws and customs. Aboriginal Artists, Aboriginal People, Australian Art, British Museum, Civilization, Art Projects, Art Production, Objects, Presents

British Museum

Before British colonisation in 1788, every part of Australia was populated by different Indigenous groups, each with their own territory, language, laws and customs. It is estimated that in the late...

British Museum faces up to its colonial past with a new exhibition and visitor trail tracing how important objects from around the world arrived in its collection British Museum, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Colonial, Elgin Marbles, Museum Plan, Egyptian Mummies, Christian Religions, Australian Art

British Museum

Before British colonisation in 1788, every part of Australia was populated by different Indigenous groups, each with their own territory, language, laws and customs. It is estimated that in the late...

Ian Rictor, Tuwan, 2012, acrylic on linen, 90 x 111 cm. Spinifex Arts Project, Tjuntjuntjara; Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany, 2013.  As the youngest member of a family that "came in from the bush" to begin settlement life in October 1986, Ian is one of the five last Aboriginal Australians to abandon the nomadic way of life that stretched back perhaps 50,000 years. Australian Painting, Australian Artists, Art Production, Gallerie, Canvas Board, Aboriginal Art, Animal Print Rug, Art Projects, Germany

Ian Rictor: Tuwan - ARTKELCH - Contemporary Aboriginal Art

„Nyangatja kapi pulka Tuwan ka kapi kutjupa Kanmanti ka kapi kutjupa Wayara ka nyaranpa kapi kutjupa tjuta kapi kulunypa. Nyangatja Ngayuku ngura. Es...