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 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)
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
QAGOMA 50+ ‘YIRRKALA DRAWINGS’ AFTER HOURS TOUR
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.