Exhibitions

Current and Past Exhibitions

Mangkaja Waters is a luscious exhibition from key female artists of Fitzroy Valley. Each artist has explored their country in a variety of ways revolving around the life giving element of water. Created on perspex, the work is given a luminescence and lushness that is extraordinary and difficult to capture. The renowned Sonia Kurarra has chosen river country in her depictions of Martuwarra. Lisa Uhl, last year's winner of the Hedland Art Award and a rising star, has brought us Turtujarti. Turtujarti are Lisa's abstract and powerful depictions of the flora that commonly rise from the Kurtal waterhole. Daisy Japuliji brings us the crisscross of billabongs that are so integral to desert survival and Rosie Uhl shows us the power of looking into the eye of a Jila (living waterhole). Mangkaja Waters is alluring in its use of desert colours. It is alive with the presence and energy of water. The artist's use of paint and mark making sits beautifully on their chosen medium. Please join us and the artists on Thursday June 1 at 6pm, all welcome.
Alison Nampitjinpa Anderson was born in a sandy river bed outside Haasts Bluff in the western desert. She was brought up by her Luritja-Pintupi mother and Warlpiri father at Papunya settlement. In the early 1970s, while still in her early teens, she saw the origins of the western desert art movement first hand: many of her close relations were among the most distinguished painters of the first generation, and she took up painting in her turn as a young woman, working first for Papunya Tula artists, then the Warumpi and Ngurratjuta art centres. Her works are widely collected with solo exhibitions of her art held in recent years in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Her familial ties stretch across large tracts of the western desert, as do her traditional links to the landscape. The country and what lies within it form the central subject of her paintings. The canvases in this exhibition explore her ties to country and her ancestral knowledge, telling very specific stories about Alison's tjukurpa (dreaming). The works on paper continue this association, developing the images and icons that form part of her various inherited song and pictorial narratives. Alison's artworks come together in this exhibition to show the strength and insight of her connection to her art practice and cultural heritage. THURSDAY 11 - 31 May. PLEASE JOIN SHORT ST GALLERY AND THE ARTIST TO FORMALLY OPEN THE EXHIBITION, MAY 18 AT 6PM. ALL WELCOME
Short St Gallery presents Many Hands featuring artists from Indulkana and their representations of Ngura (country). Indulkana is approximately 400 kilometres from Alice Springs on the banks of Iwantja Creek. This is country rich in desert colours with a magnitude of intricacies crossing the land. The paintings in Many Hands mirror the richness of the country they speak of with their use of colour and a painstaking attention to detail. The exhibition continues Short St's tradition of nurturing Indulkana's artists, their rising stars and the firmly established. The strength of the exhibition rests in the many hands of the artists on show and the magnificent artwork they have created. Opens Thursday April 20, 2017
Hailing from the APY Lands Jimmy Donegan has built his art career over many decades. His role as a senior artist of importance and his position in Australian and international art collections has climbed steadily since. His unfailing use of colour and line creates artworks that shimmer on the canvas. They depict Jimmy's traditional tjukurpa (dreaming), most commonly of the important waterhole Pukara and Papa's (Dingo). He is joined by fellow artists from the Pipalyatjara and Kalka communities. Their paintings are filled with the strength of country and an understanding of colour that is powerful and exuberant. Short St Gallery is proud to present this extraordinary solo exhibition by Jimmy and accompanying works by his fellow artists. PLEASE JOIN US & MR. DONEGAN ON THE 30th MARCH AT 6PM, ALL WELCOME.
Short St Gallery is proud to open it's 2017 exhibition schedule with a special show from the artists of Amata. These artworks tell stories that are BIG, that sing to the viewer. The paintings arc, swing and hide messages in them. They map a country most people haven't been to but which remains sacred to the people that live there. The artists paint to honor this country and to tell it's stories. Some paintings quietly challenge you to watch and unravel their intricacies. Others jump from the canvas all brashness, alive, and powerful. Each approach has created an exhibition of artwork that demands to be listened to, Kulini - Listen.
Town Camp Yarns is a homage to the sometimes wonderful and sometimes complex conditions of the town camps that Tangentyere artists work and live in. The artwork shows the importance of place, of real people, of positive stories and of difficult stories. The paintings are filled with pride and power in the most colourful way possible. With around 400 artists working in the town camps they are in a unique position to reflect the breadth and depth of Central Australia’s cultural diversity. Short St Gallery seeks to celebrate the diversity and fun that is the style and story of the artists and their communities. Town Camp Yarns is a survey show that is as diverse and complex as the places the artists come from. Filled with humour and hope, it has something for everyone to enjoy. The exhibition will be available to view in the gallery from November the 28th. All are welcome
Yulparija Calling showcases the incredible work of the Yulparija Artists from Bidyadanga. Their improbable journey from the Great Sandy Desert to the Bidyadanga mission has been recorded widely, from the documentary Desert Heart, to their inclusion in the Canning Stock Route Project (as part of the National Museum of Australia’s permanent collection) and via many publications and newsprint stories. Their artwork has power in its memory and colour. The artists draw from their traditional country in the Great Sandy Desert yet are inspired by the saltwater colours of Broome and its surrounds. As a result the artwork pops with the vibrant blues and greens of the region. The youngest member and art star, Daniel Walbidi, will hold court with a small solo show amongst the quality and power of his elders paintings.
Family connections are an integral part of Kimberley culture and art practice. Established artists pass down knowledge of mediums and storylines to emerging artists. Practicing artists are filled with purpose and illustration. Possibilities open up. This exhibition seeks to acknowledge these connections and salute the importance of family within community and art. As such, the exhibition pairs each artist with a fellow family member and painter to explore relationships and to see how art practice within artistic families may collude or differ. Featured artists include, Rammey Ramsey and his daughter Kathy Ramsay, Freddie Timms and his wife Beryline Mung, Gordon Barney and his daughter Lorraine Daylight, Betty Carrington and her granddaughter Nancy Daylight and Barry Malgil and his mother Evelyn Malgil. The exhibition will be available to view from September 15th.
Short St Gallery presents Mionomehi Oriseegé (Ancestral Paths). The exhibition is a showcase of the incredible artwork from the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a celebration of the nioge (barkcloth), an art form practiced exclusively by the Omie women. Nioge are produced entirely by hand; from the stripping of the bark, the transformation of the bark into cloth, to the creation of the natural pigments that the artists use in their intuitive and graphic designs. The bark cloths are painstakingly produced and carried back from one of the most remote areas in the world. They are truly a labour of love and a thing of ephemeral beauty. The exhibition takes the viewer on a journey as the Omie artists honour their ancestral paths utilising the dynamic iconography that is their living art and culture. Ömie Artists are proudly sponsored for this exhibition by Pacific Island Trade & Invest'
In 1957 as a small child Helicopter Tjungarrayi left the desert for the first time in a mining helicopter at the behest of his brother because he was very sick. His story is now an important part of Australia's story and informing an element of the National Gallery of Australia's collection. It has also become a well known part of Kimberley folk lore. The story is the foundation of his name and his journey was the impetus for his community to make the trek to Balgo. Helicopter still lives there today and has been an advocate and painter since the 1990's. Helicopter's continued art practice and commitment to reinterpreting his traditional country on canvas has turned him into the senior artist he is today. His artwork is typically the fire colours of the desert, tracking the sand hills and waterholes that are so important to desert living. Helicopter's paintings and story have a resonance, strength and longevity that speak of his pride in country, men's law, his place as a marpan man (healer) and as an important senior artist. Short St Gallery is proud through our long association with Helicopter to present this solo exhibition which commemorates his work over the years and his place as an important Australian artist. The exhibition opens July 21 at 6pm, Helicopter will be in attendance to celebrate. All are welcome.