Current and Past Exhibitions

In Pitjantajara language the word Ngura is multifaceted, taking in the geography of land and country as well as being a place that someone belongs. Ngura defines an individual, their family, connections, skin groups and language. Short St Gallery has sought to provide an exhibition that covers the full gamut of what Ngura (country) means to the artists of Iwantja. For the ten artists showcased here, country can be soft and deep while for others it is intricate and sweeping. The rich textures of this exhibition will be available to view in the gallery from May 26th.
Gimme Shelter is an incredible survey from the artists of Fitzroy Valley. The exhibition showcases work from Mangkaja studio across the generations and styles. It glides from the strong, tight and often figurative works of senior men such as Mervyn Street and Tommy May, through to the soft fluid works depicting country and seasons from the likes of Nada Rawlins and Dolly Snell. There is a strong Sonia Kurarra presence showcasing her country Martuwarra with her magnificent mark making. The exhibition is a celebration of freshwater country. Please join us for the opening from 6pm April 28th.
A survey exhibition from the Artists from Amata in the APY lands. This exhibition focuses on the artists of Amata in the APY Lands. Tjala Arts is known for its diverse range of styles, energetic mark making and rich colourful palette. Artists explore Tjukurpa ( stories, dreaming) of the region and create paintings which are filled with artistic integrity that immediately captivate their audience. Incredible works are presented by the following artists, Barbara Mbitjana Moore, Ray Ken, Sylvia Ken, Tjimpayi Presley, Jennifer Ingkatji, Wawiriya Burton,Tjungkara Ken, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady and Sandra Ken
An exhibition focusing on the monumental women's story of the Seven Sisters by Sylvia Ken. This is a Tjukurpa Story (Creation Story) about the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. The sisters are the constellaton of Pleiades and the other star Orion is said to be Nyiru or Nyirunya (described as a lusty or bad man). Nyiru is forever chasing the sisters known as the Kunkarunkara women as it is said he wants to marry the eldest sister.The seven sisters travel again and again from the sky to the earth to escape Nyiru’s unwanted attentions. They turn into their human form to escape from the persistent Nyiru, but he always finds them and they flee back to the sky. As Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting kampurarpra (bush tomatoes) for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful Ili (fig) tree for them to camp under. However, the sisters are too clever for Nyiru and outwit him as they are knowledgeable about his magic. They go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by Nyiru. Every now and again one of the women fall victim to his ways. It is said that he eventually captures the youngest sister, but with the help of the oldest sister, she escapes back to her sisters who are waiting for her. Eventually the sisters fly back into the sky to escape Nyiru, reforming the constellation. (In some cases the artist will secretly depict sexual elements as Nyiru is really only after one thing -sex).
This is a special exhibition featuring works by Daniel Walbidi. Daniel explores the great rainmaker Wirnpa story, who travelled extensively across the western desert to finally rest in a shared rain making jila in the Percival lakes in Western Australia. These works celebrate this ancestral being, and remind us all of the living nature of our country.
An exhibition by the Men of Jilamara, including Timothy Cook, Conrad Tipungwuti, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Brian Farmer illortamini, Linus Warlapinni, Raymond Bush, Nicholas Mario, Pius Tipungwuti, Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri and Matthew Freddy Puruntatameri. The show seeks to celebrate the importance of Men's law and its contribution to cultural practice. The carving is very physical work, and has a long history at Snake bay and it continues to be passed from one generation to the next. The painting traditions such as combing onto the canvas, made so famous by Pedro Wanaeamirri, also continues to be utilised and explored in new and exciting ways.
Short St Gallery is proud to bring to the coast these epic iconic desert paintings from the APY lands. This survey exhibition features works from; Tuppy Goodwin, Ngupulya Pumani, Kathleen Tjapalyi, Robert Fielding, Joanne Wintjin, Judy Martin, Marina Pumani, Betty Pumani, Mike Williams and Linda Puna. The wonderful diversity of these artists works from the remote community of Mimili in South Australia is self evident. Journey through the desert, exploring the intricate overlaying of Goodwin, to the graphic desert stuctures of Pumani (Betty) and the gestural painterly images of Puna, which are contrasted to the highly structured works of Fielding. This is a multi faceted experience of current desert painting.
Maps may have led me to become a traveller and perhaps even an artist so I see art and cartographer as rather close friends and I often mingle the two. Mud maps are those fast squiggles in the earth people create to describe directions to a place and I actually use the red mud or pindan earth from Broome as a coloring in this series of work. The grid pattern in mapping is a tool to dissect, abstract and an attempt to control terrain. On top of the grids I overlay my wandering stitches that hint of routes, tracks, roads or just desires to go someplace.
Short St Gallery is proud to present this wonderfully quirky exhibition from three of the most interesting and exciting artists working at the moment. Living in Indulkana in the APY lands in South Australia, these desert men are exploring the interplay between traditional cultural life and the modern world. For them it is a seamless reality. The traditional mamu spirits are reminiscent of modern cartoon characters. While the languid cowboys in Jimmy Pomey's paintings could be straight out of spagetti westerns. Enjoy these fabulous pictures.
An exhibition from Australia's oldest remote art centre. Established in 1948. The Ernabella artists have a strong tradition of ceramics, this juxtaposed with classic paintings reinterpreted through colour. This is a survey exhibition from central Australia featuring works by Gordon Ingkatji, Langaliki Langaliki, Pantjiti Lionel, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Yurpiya Lionel, Tjariya (Nungalka) Stanley, Yurpiya Lionel and Pepai Carroll.