Artwork by Edie Holmes Akemarr

Edie Holmes Akemarr (Kemarre) (born c.1950), Alyawarre language group, Ilwemp Arnerr Ghost Gums and Waterhole, 2004, acrylic on linen, 92 x 182cm. Photo by Andrew Curtis. © Edie Holmes Akemarr (Kemarre) & Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Friday, 14 June 2024 - 10:00 am to Sunday, 28 July 2024 - 05:00 pm

Curated by celebrated curator, writer, artist and activist, Djon Mundine OAM FAHA, Three Echoes – Western Desert Art showcases works by 57 acclaimed artists heralding from Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff), Papunya and Utopia Aboriginal communities in the western desert regions of the Northern Territory, Australia.

Artworks in this exhibition have been drawn from the private collection of Andrew Arnott and Karin Schack, and reflect the significant artistic developments and moments in time that contributed to the meteoric rise of the Western Desert Art movement.

These paintings hold special meaning for First Nations peoples, communicating important stories of tjukurrpa (Dreaming) and Country. The relationships within families and ancestors; with flora and fauna; and the unique land formations are the foundations of this art.

Three Echoes – Western Desert Art explores the poetic notion of echoes – how metaphorically and metaphonically we can echo a thought, a sentiment or a consciousness. In the 1970s Australian Aboriginal people from the desert began talking to the world through art, transferring their creation stories of the land and people to canvas. Now, in the 2020s, this foundational echo is going back and forth. No longer a one-sided, outward calling, it reverberates multi-dimensionally within wider Australian and global communities.

Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Karin Schack and Andrew Arnott, and curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its Visions of Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.  It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Museums & Galleries Queensland is supported by the Tim Fairfax Foundation and receives funds from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.  

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Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 1a West Esplanade

Manly NSW 2095