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Director's Talk | 'Women of Utopia'

BY Mitchell Fine Art | 26-Jun-2018
Showing at Mitchell Fine Art from 27th June ‘Women of Utopia’ is an exhibition showcasing significant artworks by some of Australia’s most recognisable female Aboriginal artists from the Utopia region in Central Australia. @mitchellfineartgallery @margaretloypula #womenofutopia #utopiaart #art #aboriginalart #australianartist
Venue: Mitchell Fine Art
Address: 86 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Date: Saturday 14th July
Time: 2pm
Ticket: Free
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Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 'Antwelarr (Bush Yam Dreaming)', 120 x 183cm, Mitchell Fine Art
Approximately 230kms north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia, Utopia is the traditional land of the Alyawarre and Anmatyerre people. This region has been and still is home to some of Australia’s most distinguished female artistic talent.

Utopia has grown the genius of luminaries such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, Minnie Pwerle, Kathleen Petyarre, Margaret Loy Pula and Polly Ngale. These women have been collected both nationally and internationally with Emily Kame Kngwarreye achieving the highest secondary auction price for any female Australian visual artist to date.

The modern art movement in Utopia began in the late 1970s with a group of Anmatyerre women participating in a series of batik-making fabric workshops. It unearthed a community of unbelievable talent with the women of Utopia the driving force behind the art from this region. As a variety of tools and a broader palette became available, their natural curiosity and preparedness to experiment initiated a boldness in style and colour.

The Anmatyerre and Alyawarre people employ a verbal and visual record of ancient belief and custom rather than a written one. Today’s contemporary artworks are an extension of tradition. The mediums may have changed but the purpose is fundamentally the same as it has been for thousands of years. Art has been an integral part of everyday life, expressed in song, dance, and ceremony.

The work in the exhibition depict the focus of cultural maintenance regarding country, food, traditional practices, law and the complex social system to which they adhere.

Women of Utopia is on display from 27th June - 21st July at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

On Saturday 14th July at 2pm, Director Mike Mitchell will hold a talk in the gallery discussing the Utopia region and the artists featured in the exhibition.

The gallery is open 6 days a week with onsite parking available. To view the exhibition online visit www.mitchellfineartgallery.com

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For enquiries phone (07) 3254 2297 or email gallery@mitchellfineartgallery.com.