Group exhibition: Tjungu Warkarintja, Fifteen Years - Art Collector

Tjimpuna Wiliams, Piltati, 2013. Stoneware, 69 x 190cm. Courtesty: the artist and Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

This exhibition will showcase some of Ernabella’s finest artists in Tjungu Warkarintja, Fifteen Years (Working Together, Fifteen Years). This unique exhibition will present new work in ceramics and batiks from a select group of award winning Ernabella artists. These works have been created on Country in Ernabella Australia and during their residency in Jingdezhen, China in 2013. The exhibition runs from 5 to 29 March 2014 in conjunction with Art Month Sydney.

Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest Indigenous art centre. Ernabella Arts is located in Pukatja community at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges in far north-west South Australia.

Pukatja is the oldest permanent settlement on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. The first works were hand loomed rugs produced in the craft room of the mission opened in 1937. Since then, the ‘Craft Room’ has taken on many mediums to evolve into a culturally strong centre of contemporary art making.

Ernabella Arts Ceramic Studio, or Pukatja Pottery as it has become known, was established in 2003. The first exhibition of pottery from Ernabella was work made in Adelaide at the JamFactory in 1998. With no art school or tertiary education options in community, the Ernabella artists here have learnt to work in ceramics through working together with other people – residencies and exchanges with the JamFactory in the beginning, and with the ANU’s School of Art since 2006.

Exhibition opens: 6pm Wednesday 5 March 2014
Exhibition closes: 29 March 2014
Location: Sabbia Gallery,120 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: 02 9361 6448

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