Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

14 December 2017

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

Remote Indigenous artworks at TMAG

A new touring exhibition of Indigenous Yolgnu art and culture from the Northern Territory’s north east Arnhem Land is now on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

Called Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression the retrospective exhibition is a vibrant acknowledgement of the talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is delighted TMAG is hosting this exhibition that celebrates 20 years of continual print production by Arnhem Land employed and trained Indigenous printmakers at the Yirrkala print space.

Works from more than 50 artists will be on display, including historically significant prints.

The Berndt Etchings series draws direct inspiration from the Berndt Crayon Drawings of Yirrkala, produced by the artists’ predecessors in 1947, while String Figure prints are a response to another archaeological collection from 1948.

Works in Balnhdhurr also reveal the significant impact the introduction bright acrylics had on the artists, which allowed them to explore a new genre of artistic storytelling that became a joyous explosion of colour and expression.

The exhibition is presented by Artback NT in partnership with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression runs from December 15 until March 12.

For more information visit: www.tmag.tas.gov.au

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