While we may not be able to have a physical exhibition this year because of COVID restrictions, there is plenty of artwork in this online exhibition to enjoy.
The Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery is proud and honoured to host this year’s Tapari Exhibition online, showcasing art works from our local Indigenous community within the region – artwork that expresses and tells their story, our story.
The exhibition dedicated to not only to the artists but to the community that has supported the project over many months and the work of the Country Health SA Local Health Network – Port Pirie’s Aboriginal Health Team. This exhibition will be a celebration of expression, storytelling, community and connection.
This online exhibitions includes Sonya Rankine, Judy ‘Napangardi’ Crosby, Duane ‘Jampijinpa’ Woods, Annette Lawrie Dodd Walyingaka, Jenney Alberts,
If there is anything you would like to purchase please don’t hesitate to contact the team here at Port Pirie Regional Gallery or contact the Aboriginal Health Team on (08) 8638 1100.
About the artists
Ngarrindjeri / Nurungga / Ngadjuri woman Sonya Rankine owns and operates Lakun Mara (Weaving Hand) an Aboriginal owned business whose key focus is the cultural revival and maintenance of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques and cultural practice. Rankine is winner of the 2019 Don Dunstan Foundation Our Mob Emerging Artist Prize and has been weaving for 25 years. Rankine first learnt the traditional Ngarrindjeri technique using reeds from the Coorong, from Ngarrindjeri Elder Ellen Trevorrow, world-renown artist and cultural weaver. Since then she has continued to have a strong cultural interest and passion for weaving. This was strengthened by attending the 2019 National Basketry Gathering delivering a workshop and learning many more styles to incorporate.
Rankine’s weaving combines the traditional Ngarrindjeri way using the reeds of the Coorong and also utilising many other natural fibres as substitution and utilising different weaving techniques for new baskets created. Living at Moonta Bay limits access to reeds and so she utilises local natural fibres gathered locally, which still creates a connection to land and natural resources. Lakun Mara is weaving + culture + tradition and is at the heart of the business for cultural maintenance, survival and revival.
JUDY NAPANGARDI CROSBY
Judy Crosby was born in Port Augusta South Australia. Judy is a proud Aboriginal woman whose cultural groups are Wankangurru and Lower Southern Arrente from her grandmother and Yankunytjatjara from her grandfather. Although Judy has been painting privately for many years, Judy has only recently started to display her art publicly.
Judy’s artwork features vibrant colour and defined imagery of bush fruits and other food, such as wild berries, bush tomato, bush plum, wild cherries, honey suckle and also honey ants and witchetty grubs. In conjunction with her partner Duane Woods she designed and painted artwork for ‘Closing the Gap’ for the Aboriginal Health Service in Port Pirie. This artwork is displayed at GP Plus in Port Pirie. Judy has also displayed artwork at the ‘Women’s Gathering’ which was held in Port Pirie in 2013. Judy and her partner Duane are currently venturing out and displaying their artwork at the local produce markets throughout the Mid North region. Judy has also assisted with painting during NAIDOC celebrations at Gladstone High School and Gladstone Primary School, helping the children appreciate and understand Aboriginal art and their stories. Judy encourages her children to paint, learn and appreciate the stories that art represents and the stories being told by our Elders.
DUANE JAMPIJINPA WOODS
Duane Woods was born in Alice Springs, Central Australia. Duane is a descendent of the Anmatyere, Kaytetye and Warlpiri language groups (Ti Tree and Willora country). Duane’s stories of dreamtime have been handed down his grandfather Eric Woods/Fishhook.
Duane is an emerging artist using his traditional and cultural knowledge to create his art. Art is an important part of Duane’s upbringing; he comes from a long line of important and well respected artists of the art world. Duane’s dreaming includes:
• Emu Dreaming
• Water Dreaming
• Plum Seed Dreaming
• Bush Food Dreaming
ANNETTE LAWRIE DODD WALYINGKA
Annette Lawrie Dodd given name (Walyingka), is a Yunkunytjarra/Mirning woman. She started painting in the early nineties. Her artwork is in private collections locally nationally and Internationally. Dodd is a regular exhibitor in Tarpari as well as OUR MOB EXHIBITION (Adelaide Festival Centre). In 2017 Dodd received Highly Commended in the Country Arts SA Regional Our Mob Emerging Artist category.