New exhibition – Drill Hall Gallery

Woody Mann-Caruso 14 November 2006

The current exhibition at the ANU’s Drill Hall Gallery is Mumeka to Milmingkan: Innovation in Kurulk Bark Painting. This exhibition features bark paintings produced by Kuninjku artists from western Arnhem Land who are members of, or have close associations with, the Kurulk clan.

The exhibition traces how this art by three brothers – John Mawurndjul, the late Jimmy Njiminjuma and James Iyuna – changed in the period 1979–2006 as they shifted to reside at different outstations and engaged differently with the western art market. The exhibition challenges conventional notions about Arnhem Land art and notions of individual creativity and leadership in Kuninjku society. The exhibition is curated by Jon Altman from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and Apolline Kohen from Maningrida Arts and Culture.

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