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Brave New Wave: Desert Women Painters

Tuesday 19 November 2019

The Bay Discovery Centre in Glenelg is hosting more than 20 paintings by some of the nation’s most influential Aboriginal women artists for the first time.

The Brave New Wave exhibition is part of the overarching Tarnanthi Festival, which celebrates contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

The paintings have been specifically curated for the ground level gallery at the Glenelg Town Hall and highlights the remarkable impact of Aboriginal women artists working in desert regions over the past 40 years. They have been selected from the Flinders University Art Museum collection to form this special exhibition.

Among the desert artists represented are Judy Napangardi Watson (c1925-2016), Yulurlu Lorna Fencer (c1924- 2006) and Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c1910- 1996). They rose to prominence in the late 20th century bringing gendered expressions of Indigenous Australian identity and cultural knowledge to the nation’s attention for the first time.

The paintings in the exhibit feature bold use of colours and adventurous and unexpected visions of the artists’ ancestral stories.

Collectively, they signal the indelible contribution of desert women to the contemporary Aboriginal art movement and in inspiring new generations of female artists to come.

The exhibition runs from 15 November 2019 – 2 February 2020 at the Bay Discovery Centre, in Moseley Square, Glenelg.

The Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art runs from 18 October 2019 to 27 January 2020.

Brave New Wave

Desert Women Painters

Ground Floor Gallery, Bay Discovery Centre, Moseley Square, Glenelg

15 November 2019 to 2 February 2020

Open daily, 10am to 4pm