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Community: Tjuntjuntjara : WA

The Spinifex Women from Tjuntjuntjara Community in the Great Victoria Desert are renown for their large and colourful collaborative paintings. The Spinifex People are from a small group of Pitjantjatjara speakers living to the south of their northern neighbours. The group is particularly proud of ownership, custodianship of their land and culture. They have native title over 55000 sqare kms and are highly active within their country. With a largely shared history and overlapping countries, birthplaces and Tjukurpa it is in this vain that the Women of Spinifex Country often work collaboratively to produce large cultural maps. These maps are interlaced with detailed Tjukurpa (creation stories) which traverse through many of the women’s birthplaces. Custodianship in Spinifex lore means the authority to discuss Tjukurpa such as the Seven Sisters story. During production of Spinifex collaborative artworks a ceremonial atmosphere often arises with inma (the singing of country) and much private discussion. Only public details are able to be put down on canvas which is revealed in often lengthy documentation and sometimes visiting of the site. There have been a number of large scale works produced at the site of which the women are painting, for example, Tjintirkara, a major Seven Sisters site, and home of the Willy Wagtail Woman story. Spinifex Women's collaborative artworks are constantly in demand. They have been collected by institutions in Australia and overseas as well as numerous private collections.

Group Exhibitions

2017 Spinifex Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2016 Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2016 Exposition Spinifex Arts Project, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative, Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.
2015 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. SA. Tarnanthi - Festival of Comtemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015 ArtKelch, Freibery, Germany Wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst
2014 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A
2014 Tjuntjuntjara Nguratja- Tjuntjuntjara is home Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2014 Tjuntjuntjara - recent works from Spinifex Country Shorts Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2014 Spinifex Tjukurpa ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2014 Spinifex Arts Project 2014, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2014 Salon des Refuses, Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries. Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, N.T.
2013 Spinifex Arts Project ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2013 Salon des Refuses, Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T.
2013 Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2012 Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne.
2012 Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
2011 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 Spinifex Arts Project 2010, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
2010 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT.
2010 Desert Country Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour
2010 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2009 WA Indigenous Art Awards Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth, W.A.
2009 Tracking the wati Kutjara Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2009 Spinifex Artists Ab-Original Gallery, Austria.
2009 Spinifex Artists 2009 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2009 Desert Mob Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2008 Spinifex Artists recent Work Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2008 Kapi Ninti - Knowing Water, Knowing Country Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2008 Desert Mob Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2007 Ten Years On Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle
2007 New Spinifex Works Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2007 Desert Mob Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2007 Best of the Best Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
2006 Spinifex - New Works Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A.
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2006 Desert Mob Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2006 Art of the Spinifex People Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A.
2005 Spinifex Mob Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2005 Spinifex Artists Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England.
2005 Law and Land Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2005 Desert Mob Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2004 Spinifex Arts Project Harbour House gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2004 Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria.
2003 Spinifex Paintings Raintree gallery, Darwin, N.T.
2003 Spinifex Arts Project 2003 Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic.
2002 Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2002 Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art National tour
2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T.
2001 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T.2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2001 All About Art Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
2001 All About Art Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2000 Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Themes

Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters)
Tjintirtjintir

Awards

2015 Finalist 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums and Art Galleries, Darwin, N.T

Bibliography

2002 Cane,S. 'Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People', Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA.
2008 Vivien Anderson Gallery, 2008, Kapi Ninti – Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery,Melbourne VIC
2009 Japingka Gallery, 2009, Spinifex Artists (exh. cat.), Fremantle, WA: Japingka Gallery.
2009 Art Gallery of Western Australia, 'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of WA, Perth. WA.
2010 Cumpston, N. 2010, Desert Country (exh. cat.), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA
2010 Vivien Anderson Gallery 2010, Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now (exh. cat.), Vivien Anderson Gallery,Melbourne VIC
2011 Ryan, J. 2011, Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC
2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
2012 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow' (exh. cat) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W. A.
2012 Jorgensen, D.J. 2012, 'No Place Without Other Places: Spinifex Arts Project at fifteen years', ARTLINK: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32, 2, pp. 86-87.
2012 Allerton, L., Rothwell, N. & McLean, I. 2012, Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country: Spinifex ArtsProject 15th Anniversary exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2013 Jukurpa Diary 2014. IAD Press, Alice Springs, N.T.

Collections

ABORIGINAL ART MUSEUM, UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS
ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE, S.A.
PRINCE STEFAN VON UND ZU LIECHTENSTEIN, THE AMBASSADOR OF LIECHTENSTEIN IN GERMANY
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, SEATTLE, USA
STAATLICHES MUSEUM FUR VOLKERKUNDE, MUNICH, GERMANY
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON, ENGLAND.
THE CORRIGAN COLLECTION, AUSTRALIA.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE, VIC.
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Artworks of Women's Collaborative