Ngali-Kitikiti-ni. ROCKS POP-UP: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands Art Centres

February 14, 2014 12:13 pm
Desart Inc
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An APY Art Centre Network POP-UP Gallery
Dates: 20 Feburary - 17 March 2014
Opening Event: 6pm Thursday, 6 March 2014
Location: 81 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000

‘Anangu Art Centres are a good way of old people giving knowledge to young people. When an Anangu artist creates a painting, they are remembering what the ancestors did and what the ancestors taught them. By helping our young people become strong artists, we can make sure our culture stays strong for a long time in the future. I think everyone knows that this is important, for Aboriginal people to hold onto their culture.
‘This Pop-Up project is a good opportunity for Anangu to learn about the other end of the art business. To become strong in showing their artworks and talking to the public about their business.’
– Frank Young, Chairman of Amata Community and Director of Tjala Arts
Located in remote Central Australia, the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands is home to seven Anangu owned art centres based in communities: Nyapari (Tjungu Palya), Amata (Tjala Arts), Pukutja (Ernabella Arts & Crafts), Fregon (Kaltjiti Arts), Indulkana (Iwantja Arts), Kalka (Ninuku Arts) and Mimili (Mimili Maku). These art centres are 100% Anangu owned and run and are the only source of non-government income available in most communities. They represent some of the best-known and most collectable Indigenous artists in Australia and are nurturing the careers of many deeply talented young and emerging artists.
The Rocks Pop-Up gallery celebrates the art centres’ commitment to supporting the next generation of Anangu artists and arts workers. The gallery will profile the artistic excellence of this exciting new generation of Anangu artists and will support professional development opportunities for Indigenous Arts Workers.
APY Lands Artists are eager to educate new markets about the importance of Indigenous owned and governed art centres and their vital role in community life. The Rocks Pop-Up space is a professional gallery incorporating hung canvases (acrylic paints on Belgian linens), object art, including Tjanpi, woven sculpture, kulata (spears), other woodcarvings and pottery. It is also an educational space where Artists will share information about the APY Lands and international tourists and all Australians can learn about Anangu culture and creative tradition.
The Rocks Pop-Up is the first time APY art centres have collaborated within their own gallery space. It is an important opportunity for the region to speak as a whole, to share cultural and artistic traditions unique to the language group.
Visitors will find the experience of visiting the gallery enriching and rewarding. All artworks come fully certified with information about the artist and the origin of the work.