Presented by Australian Museum, Sydney, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirkalla and The Cross Art Projects.
Opening 16 September to 21 October 2017
The exhibition brings together two strong groups of work: Jacqueline Gribbin, 'Dear Gilbert,…. ' (Song for the Ichthyologist) and Galuma Maymuru, Muthimuthi.
Galuma Maymuru was one of the first women to paint sacred clan designs, instructed by her father the great Narritjin. was one of the first women to paint sacred clan designs, instructed by her father the great Narritjin, whose founding vision of a Yolngu-owned art centre led to Buku-Larrnggay Arts, an act of self-determination coinciding with the withdrawal of the Methodist Overseas Mission and the Land Rights Act of 1976 and Homeland Movements. The museum’s great cultural icons are the Message Sticks from 1935 and the Yirrkala Church Panels and the Yirrkala Bark Petition of 1963.
Jacqueline Gribbin revives a collection of old and forgotten relief blocks created from scientific drawings by Gilbert Whitley (Ichthyologist and Curator of Fishes, Australian Museum, 1922-1964).
Thanks: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre (Andrew Blake, Edwina Circuitt, Will Stubbs)