In the Wild
Exhibition 1 May to 10 June 2015
In the wild, it’s big sky country with endless views of shallow ridges broken by the occasional tree rising. There is time for contemplation if you turn your gaze towards the ground you may find the delicate grasses bleached white by the sun or swathes of desert flowers following the last deluge of rain. Local people know this country well and its changing seasons and the beginning of winter is a both a visual delight and bountiful in bush foods and medicines.
The Alyawarre people from the north east of Alice Springs capture the essence of these bush medicines and flowers in their finely dotted artworks. Embedded in the gentle undulations of the landscapes there may be the philotilus or pussy tails or spiky dry spinifex contrasting in both texture and colour.
The artists from the APY lands are generally known for their bold colours. In contrast, the women that dance inma to make the maku or witchetty grubs plentiful have used a subtle palette to show the landmarks of the anangu or people in their country.
Following the precedent of Albert Namatjira, the artists from Ngurratjuta paint images of intrinsic central Australian landscape in their delicate watercolours.
Included here is a small but potent tribute to Billy Benn Perrurle. He lovingly painted his country Artetyerre near Harts Range, in bold colour until his death in 2012.
This exhibition looks at the abundance in the desert landscape
The desert is big sky country. One of the big stories from Warlpiri country tells of a big storm that comes from the north west making thunder and lightning. This huge storm meets up with another and is then picked up by a falcon where it carries rain to a big soakage.
Whilst water is the big story of the desert that makes all life possible, what follows after the water is the wildlife and large numbers of birds. Huge flocks of budgerigars leave their little cross-shaped footprints around rockholes. The emu tracks lead people to some of their favourite foods. One can hear the trills of tiny finches while they flit from tree to tree. The dry slow “arrk” from a cockatoo on a searing hot day tells us to stay still in the shade. Whistling kites circling on the thermals tell you that you are in the desert.
This exhibition celebrates birds and their place in this big country.
Exhibition runs 20 March to 26 April 2015
Hermannsburg watercolour artists: The men
Featuring works also from Artists of Ampilatwatja and Bindi Artists
Opening 6.30 pm 10 October to 14 November
Coinciding with exhibiton of the women artists of the Hermannsburg watercolour tradition, Talapi, along with Ngurratjuta Artists will host a concurrent exhibition featuring the male artists, Doug Abbott, Hilary Wirri, Hubert Paeroultja, Kevin Namatjira, Peter Taylor and Rienholt Inkamala.
Also featured are the simple but eccentric ink drawings of Conway Ginger and beautiful small works from the Artists of Ampilatwatja
Recent artworks from Aboriginal art centres
Saturday 30 August – 5 October
Land Matters: recent artworks from APY Lands
Saturday 28 June – 24 August
GARDEN OF EDEN
FRIDAY 11 APRIL -31 MAY
FEATURING WORKS FROM THE ARTISTS OF AMPILATWATJA, MWERRE ANTHURRE ARTISTS, KALTJITI ARTS, NGURRATJUTA AND PAPUNYA TJUPI ARTISTS.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
FRIDAY 7 -31 MARCH
NEW WORKS FROM ERNABELLA ARTS, IKUNTJI ARTISTS, NINUKU ARTISTS, TJALA ARTS AND TJUNGU PALYA ARTISTS AMONGST OTHERS.
Beautiful new works from Aboriginal owned art centres curated with the curatorial emphasis on strong painterly works or bold pictorial statements.
Cowboys Country and Critters
Chronicles of days gone by
November 15 to January 15 2014
Talapi has its final exhibition for the year leading up to Christmas. Chronicles from days gone by refers works on paper from Maruku artists that document significant historical events and daily life in the APY lands. There are new limited edition prints from Iwantja artists and Mimili from Basil Hall editions. Yarrenyty Arltere artists continue to develop soft sculpture from new artists and Hermannsburg Potters have contributed with small terracotta pots including cowboys chooks and other creatures. Most of these works are of modest size and perfect for Christmas gifts but there are also spectacular paintings from the central desert region to delight.
Recent works from Aboriginal art centres
Alice Springs is warming up for the Alice Desert Festival (11 – 15 September) and the annual Desert Mob events opening Thursday 5 September at the Araluen Arts Centre. Talapi works closely with remote and urban artists from desert community art centres and is presenting an exhibition to lead into this exciting month of events.
Desert Colours presents brilliantly coloured canvases from artists from 9 community art centres drawing inspiration from their traditional lands in the central desert.
From 30 August to 27 September 2013
Watercolours from Western Arrernte Artists from Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra
Landscapes from Artists of Ampilatwatja
Little Creatures – Artetyerre
Mwerre Anthurre Artists – Kumanjayi Perrurle
From 17 May to 28 June 2013
Tales from early days and life out bush
29 March – 3 May 2013
Opening 28 March 6pm