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Yirrkala Drawings

Wonggu Mununggurr

Wonggu Mununggurr / Fish trap at Wandawuy 1947 / Lumber crayon on butchers paper / Ronald M and Catherine H Berndt Collection / © Estate of the artist

Mawalan Marika, Wandjuk Marika

Mawalan Marika and Wandjuk Marika / Yalangbara sandhills and goanna holes 1947 / Lumber crayon and graphite on butchers paper / Ronald M and Catherine H Berndt Collection / © Estate of the artist

12 April – 13 July 2014
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

Opening Hours
Daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm

‘Yirrkala Drawings’ is the first major exhibition of a group of crayon drawings on brown paper by senior Aboriginal leaders and bark painters from Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land; 365 drawings were produced in 1946–47 with materials provided by young anthropologists Ronald M and Catherine H Berndt. These brilliant, exuberant drawings — 81 of which are included in the exhibition — express the intricacies of Yolngu culture, clan relationships and connection to country, in dynamic lines infilled with rich colour. Developed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in conjunction with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre at Yirrkala and the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia.

Watch the Yirrkala Drawing video 

Upcoming programs

5.30pm Tuesday 8 July | Gallery 5 & 6, QAG
Join Diane Moon, Curator, Indigenous Fibre Art, QAGOMA, during NAIDOC Week, as she shares historical insights into the works on display in the ‘Yirrkala Drawings’ exhibition. Find out more information on QAGOMA 50+ programs.

Free, bookings required / Places are limited – book early to avoid disappointment / Email 50plus@qagoma.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3840 7144 to RSVP. 
Past Programs and Events
Opening weekend | Saturday 12 April, QAG
Exhibition Floor Talk, 12.00noon | ‘Yirrkala Drawings’
Join Cara Pinchbeck, Curator, Art Gallery of New South Wales, for an exhibition talk, in conversation with Wäka Mununggurr and Yalpi Yunupingu.
Illustrated Lecture, 2.00pm | Lecture Theatre
Sarah Bunn, Paper Conservator, Art Gallery of New South Wales, shares the stories revealed during conservation of the drawings in the ‘Yirrkala Drawings’ exhibition. 
Yirrkala Sponsor Block