ABORIGINAL BUSH TRADERS
Papuranjuwi Mamirnikuwi Nginingawula Jilamara
Strong Tiwi Women, Our Painting, Our Stories.
This exhibition showcases the work of eight female artists from Munupi Arts on Melville Island (Tiwi Islands). Their work focuses on country, ceremony and body painting designs.
Shaun Lee, Gwarkabah (Saltwater Man) is a Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri contemporary freelance artist born and raised in Darwin. Shaun started painting as a young boy, learning from his large artistic family, and is now known by his artist name Hafleg. This exhibition showcases large canvas works featuring country and the animals and spirits that inhabit it.
Nawern yahwuyahwurd dolobbo
Lots of little barks were produced at Maningrida Art and Culture during the pandemic. A time when they could not be sold to visiting tourists. ABT has now been lucky to showcase these. Varying from emerging to established artists, the show has been a huge success, allowing these artists to now sell their works.
Featured Artists: Marshella Nanguwerr, Cameron Kawurlkku, Rosina Gunjarrwaga, Sandra Richards, Seymour Wulia, Deborah Wurrkidj, Charlie Nanguwerr and Francis Rankin. Maningrida Arts and Culture.
Mandjabu is the word for fish trap in Kunwinjku, the language of the people from Injalak Arts at Gunbalanya. This exhibition showcased their iconic fibre works, from large ornamental fish traps to woven animals and dilly bags.
Nan's Everlasting Memories
In her first solo show, Celina Lloyd reflects on her Nan's memories as a member of the Stolen Generation. Using handmade paper, she explores these stories through her painting craft and etching.
This show featured fibre works made from pandanus and bush dyes. Through this work, artists tell the stories of creation, and 'Gurrutu', how their ancestors travelled the land, creating the landscape and everything associated with it, how all things are connected.
Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts
Gapuwiyak Art and Culture is located in a remote community set on the shore of Lake Evella. A relatively new enterprise the Art Centre was incorporated in 2007. It aims to support local Yolgnu people to keep their art and culture alive, express their identity and develop economic independance.
The Art Centre Model
Art Centres are community orientated places that offer artists and arts workers employment. They are often the central point for jobs in community. They are places for creativity and experimentation, not only in art making but also Aboriginal business management, leadership and cross cultural engagement.
Desert to Darwin
With tourism to the red centre suffering due to COVID lockdowns, ABT brought some desert works to Darwin.
Colours from Country - Ochre
The first exhibition to be held at the new ABT space. This show featured artworks all created with ochre, a naturally occuring pigment.
Aboriginal Bush Traders Cafe & Gallery
The ABT board and team are thrilled to announce the opening of the brand new gallery and cafe on the ground floor of the Charles Darwin Centre (opposite Tourism Top End). Come in and visit, view the opening exhibition ‘Colours from Country: Ochre’ and grab a coffee.
ABORIGINAL BUSH TRADERS
Pop Up Shop Location
Due to renovations at Lyon's Cottage, you can now find Aboriginal Bush Traders at our pop up shop:
Shop 4 The Vic Arcade
Smith St Mall Darwin City
Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm
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