EDream Catchers: A Sculpture Exhibition Featuring Artists From Maningrida, NT - In Conjunction with Sculpture by the Sea

20th October to 17th November 2012
Location: Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery
Address: 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach 2026

Dream Catchers: A Sculpture Exhibition Featuring Artists From Maningrida, NT

To coincide with Sculpture by the Sea

Opening Saturday 20th October 2012 with Brunch 11am - 1pm
Special Guests to attend Opening: Fibre Artists, Bob Burruwal & Lena Yarinkurra

Exhibition 20th October - 17th November 2012

Weaving Workshop on Opening Day
12 midday with leading fibre Artists, Lena Yarinkurra & Bob Burruwal Cost $30 pp. RSVP bookings essential. (Book early as places fill quickly)

31 Lamrock av. Bondi Beach
RSVP 15th October p:9300 9233 e:info@cooeeart.com.au

Featured Artists include: Owen Yalandja, Crusoe Kurrdal, Bob Burruwal & Lena Yarinkurra

Traditions in Central Arnhem Land have never been fixed in time. Art production has always been dynamic. Here artists dig amongst the stories from generations passed in order to manifest beautiful objects that are a perfect reflection of their local environment - Adrian Newstead, 2012


In Maningrida’s immediate surroundings 700 individual artists live on 34 remote outstations spread over 10,000 square kilometres. The name Maningrida itself comes from the phrase mane djang karirra, meaning 'the place where the dreaming changed shape'. It is an apt description. The artists in Maningrida are internationally renowned for their constant innovation. Early cave painters such as Peter Maralwanga and Mick Kubarrku first translated their art onto bark. It is now the home of the greatest contemporary bark innovator, Johnny Mawurndjurl.

Sculpture, too, has undergone metamorphic change in this region. The traditional warp and weft of fibre basketry is transformed into woven animals and quixotic spirit beings. What sets this work apart is raw, natural and indigenous. Respect for an ageless culture sets this enterprise apart from those that exploit the land for the riches that can be extracted. Three artists from Maningrida - Anniebell Marrngamarrnga, Bronwyn Kelly and Doreen Linkinjwang - were recently selected from over 700 entries globally to participate in the Sydney Powerhouse, Love Lace Exhibition.

Showcased alongside these works from Maningrida are selected pieces from around the continent including a spectacular selection of rare Hermannsburg pots. Many of the Hermannsburg potters are descendants of Albert Namatjira and influenced by his use of modern style and deep connection to the land. Hermannsburg potters continue this tradition in their pots, decorated with scenes from the Western MacDonnell Ranges and telling stories in clay with their own unique artistic twist.
ABOUT SPECIAL GUESTS Lena Yarinkurra & Bob Burruwal
Two Guests of Honour at the Sydney exhibition will be NATSIAA (National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Art Awards) finalists Lena Yarinkurra & Bob Burruwal. Bob is the number one ceremonial 'didj' maker at Maningrida. He is also a morning star and figure sculpture maker. Lena is well known for her fibre/pandanus camp dogs and unique highly distinctive fibre sculptures. Some of her sculptures include paperbark puppy skeletons and buffalo sculptures with real horns. Bob and Lena are married and create many works together.