Trial Bay: Gurka’wuy
Address: Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street, #01-08, Singapore 179369
Date: Wednesday 6th January until Sunday 31st January 2016
Time: Open Daily 12pm - 7pm, All Other Times by Appointment
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Photo Courtesy of ReDot Fine Art Gallery & Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre or Yirrkala, as it is better known, is acknowledged as one of the top three community-owned art centres in Australia and has won numerous prizes in the last twenty years at all major Australian art awards and participating in Biennales around the world, including Venice, Moscow and Sydney. It is a small Aboriginal community on the north-eastern tip of the top end of the Northern Territory, approximately 700km east of Darwin but it carries an enormous punch in the modern contemporary art movement.
This is not only Wukun’s first solo show in over six years, but his first solo international commercial show, and comes on the heels of two major museum shows of his larrakitj (memorial poles) at the British Museum in London (2015) and National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra (2014).
Several never before exhibited poles, along with a suite of other masterfully crafted gems, will adorn our new space at the Old Hill Street Police Station, including barks, foils and a video installation to engage the Singaporean audience into the world of Indigenous art and the world of saltwater country.
‘Trial Bay: Gurka’wuy’, is a collection of over 30 masterpieces produced over the last 24 months by one of the Australian Contemporary art scenes’ most collectable and sought after Indigenous artists. The masterpieces lay open the stunning country for which Wukun holds custodial responsibility A senior lawman of the Marrakulu and Dhunili clans, he is a boisterous and infectiously happy man, whose intimate knowledge of the saltwater country in the far north eastern parts of Australia has been sought after by not only Institutional collections but also the law-makers. For example when land-right disputes arose and they required elder Indigenous input to assert title over some of the most impressive terrain of the Australian peninsula.
The exhibition begins on Wednesday 6th January and running until Sunday 31st January 2016 and will be opened by Wukun Wanambi in person on the Thursday 21st January, together with Mr. Richard England, Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Art Code and art-centre coordinator Kade McDonald.
This is a must-see show for anyone interested in following the on-going developments in Indigenous Art and an opportunity to better understand the work being produced by one of Australia’s finest community based Indigenous art projects.