Current and Past Exhibitions

Mabel Juli (bush name Wiringgoon) was born in the bush at Barlinyin, Western Australia in 1929. Following in the footsteps of Rover Thomas, Mabel Juli began painting in the 1980’s alongside celebrated artists Queenie McKenzie and Madigan Thomas. The women used to watch Rover Thomas paint and one day he said to them, 'You try yourself, you might make good painting yourself.' Mabel became a dedicated, innovative artist who continues to champion the Gija palette by mixing ochres and natural pigments on canvas. She primarily paints the Ngarranggarni (dreaming) stories of her Darrajayin (country), which is covered largely by Springvale Station. She has a long history as an exhibiting artist, with her work sitting in major public and private collections. Short St Gallery's last solo exhibition with Mabel Juli was in 2007 and her work has been included in many group shows since. It has been a privilege to work with Mabel Juli for many years and be a part of her legacy. Short St Gallery is honoured to present a solo exhibition from this accomplished and celebrated Australian artist. OPENS JULY 6 @ 6PM, JOIN SHORT ST GALLERY & MABEL JULI TO OPEN THE EXHIBITION, ALL WELCOME.
Short St Gallery presents, Amata Imagined, an exhibition that focuses on the shared link of geography and culture. All the artists featured in this exhibition are from Amata community in the APY Lands of inland Australia. The artists are known for their diverse range of styles, energetic mark making and rich colourful palette. The artworks explore the Tjukurpa (stories, dreaming) and geography of the region to create paintings that captivate the audience and highlight complex and diverse interpretations of country and culture. There is a special collection of work within this exhibition, including Mick Wikilyiri, Ray Ken and Brenton Ken. Complimentary to the men's work are the majestic work of female painters such as Sylvia Ken, Barbara Moore, Wawiriya Burton, Yaritji Young and associates. Opens June 8, 2018.
Short St Gallery presents Living Water, a collection of new works on perspex from the Fitzroy Valley. This wonderful medium has been embraced by senior and rising artists from Mangkaja Arts to create some extraordinary work. It breaks new ground in their art practice and in their depiction of country. The high quality perspex adds a lustre, luminescence and saturation of colour to the artwork that echoes the natural lustre of the water sources, jila (living water) and desert landscape that are the artists subject matter. We are honoured to present this beautiful exhibition featuring paintings by Tommy May, Lisa Uhl, Sonia Kurarra, Daisy Japulija, Rosie King and the late great Mrs Uhl. OPENS MAY 10 2018.
The strength of the Mimili community and art movement lies in the ability to work together - Uwankara meaning everyone together. The artists using the power of Mimili culture, combined with an innate sense of the form and movement of paint, have created a name for themselves that has reached far from their remote community and pushed boundaries on what remote community artists can achieve. Working together they have created some astounding artworks since their inception. This exhibition expands on these achievements with stellar works from high profile artists and rising stars. In the spirit of working together we are also proud to present two very special collaborations from husband and wife teams - Mumu Mike Williams & Tuppy Goodwin and Willy Muntjantji Martin & Judy Martin. Short St Gallery invites you to delve into the richness and warmth that is Uwankaragka Tjungungku Palyantja : Together All Is Well. OPENS 12 APRIL 2018
Kaltjiti Artists come from the remote community of Fregon in the APY Lands of Australia. The art practice at Fregon has a strong sense of culture and an integral role to play in continuing the communities story. Kaltjiti art is more than decoration, it is strong and steadfast in its purpose. The artists featured in this exhibition are culture bosses. The weight of their brush strokes grant the viewer a glimpse of the complexities of the artist's culture and the stories they have to tell. The communities steadfast adherence to continuing the Kaltjiti story informs the power and beauty of their resulting art. The art world has definitely taken notice. Last year Manityjanu Lennon was shortlisted for the prestigious Wynne Prize. Matjangka (Nyukana) Norris was a winner at the NATSIA Awards and senior men Taylor Copper and Witjiti George, along with several other artists featured in this exhibition, wowed crowds with their contribution to Tarnanthi at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Short St Gallery is proud to present this exhibition and support the artists in continuing their story. Opens Thursday 22 March 2018
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tangentyere Artists hail from the Town Camps of Alice Springs. They have created an art movement unique to Australia and their communities that celebrates culture and the everyday with ingenuousness. The women in this exhibition are directly inspired by their families, stories and experiences. The artwork is irreverent, cheeky and at times challenging. It also speaks of the women's journey toward art and the skills required to tell a story that embraces life for what it is using an innate sense of colour, a natural ability to tell a story and the deftness of making the everyday seem magic. Short St Gallery celebrates the ethos that is Women Telling Stories. We have a special focus on Grace Kemarre Robinya and Sally M Mulda within this exhibition and would like to express our sorrow at the passing of Town Camp great Kunmanara Boko and her contribution to the Town Camp story. With this exhibition we honour this wonderful woman and celebrate her rich life. OPENS 7 MARCH 2018
Daniel Walbidi continues to use his mastery of paint to swirl intricate stories onto the canvas. Winpa and Kirrwirri take on an ethereal quality and the artworks speak volumes about movement, impermanence, the idea that nothing is static or solid. It is Daniel's inherent knowledge of the Yulparitja's living culture that informs this and that Daniel so expertly reinterprets on canvas. This small suite of works include eight, 61 x 61 cm paintings on linen, depicting the creation spirit Winpa and one large work depicting Kirriwirri, a place of cultural significance. Daniel's commitment to his culture and contribution to the art movement in Australia is significant and is matched by his commitment to his art practice. His standing and inclusion within the art world is a major achievement for any artist, especially at such a young age. We invite you to enjoy Daniel's wonderful collection of works for 2017. Opens 30 November, 2017.
Eight years ago Lydia Balbal walked into the Yulparitja studio and announced it was time for her to paint. Filled with sass and confidence she proceeded to launch into her painting journey with purpose and poise. Balbal's early works showed perceivable layers filled with tracks, creation serpents and waterholes. Her later works hide the layers, though they are still there amongst a dense layering of soft paint tonally built up over time, announcing Lydia as a natural born artist. Years on Balbal's initial call in a 2012 interview rings true to her spirit, 'I know I am the best. Because I am a bush woman, I grew up there. In the bush'. Her newest offerings play with the shimmer of the desert, mimicking the colour, light and the beauty of her country. The sense of space and the vastness of her land is evident. As she has said, 'I am painting underground. What's underground, upside down. Rocks, waterholes, lines beneath the sand dunes'. The layers and tonality is expert, hiding the land she grew up in and paints so well. The country of her youth swathed in beauty. Opens 16 November 2017.
This exhibition is a celebration of the Mamirnikiwi Jilamara (women's business Jilamara) and the strong women from Milikapiti who keep traditional Tiwi culture alive and strong. The exhibition brings together 14 women from across multiple generations to showcase their innovative contemporary work practice or jilamara. Jilamara roughly translates to 'design', with each jilamara passed on by family and each artist developing their own jilamara. The artists draw inspiration from family jilamara, traditional ceremony, body paint and scarification designs (minga). Painting on linen, canvas and paper for this exhibition, the tiwi artists only use four colours black, white, yellow and red all made from ochre collected from the Milikapiti surrounds. The resultant works are full of energy and a subtle power, bound to a strong sense of design and form. Join us and the Jilamara artists to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 19 October, 6pm, all welcome.
Palya translates to good, but the artists from Nyapari surpass such adjectives. Their artwork is informed from a strong cultural tradition and artistic practice and an incomparable intimacy with the desert landscape. It transforms the viewer's understanding of this extraordinary country. These works are more than landscape paintings, they are visual narratives imbued with history, law and song. Ginger Wikilyiri and Keith Steven's intricate and dense painting techniques create an almost orchestral crescendo that embodies the vastness and harshness of this terrain. They highlight the delicate grace of its gifts, the water, the food and the history that can never be taken for granted in such an extreme climate. Then there is the effortless movement and colour of Ruth Fatt and Helen Curtis which contrasts to the composition and intent of Bernard Tjalkuri and the Tunkin's. Lastly we come to the explosive power of Beryl Jimmy and the Watarru Collaborative. The exhibition shows the best of the Nyapari artists skill and perception. The artwork in this exhibition speaks for itself - it is Palya, Palya, Palya (good, good, good). Opens Thursday 21 September.