Sunday, June 23, 2019

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Hunting Dhawu, 2001, screenprint 47 x 39cm.

In a remote corner of Arnhem Land at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre sits Yirrkala Print Space.

Balnhdhurr—A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite printmaking at the Yirrkala Print Space, unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.

The exhibition consists of the works from 50 artists, many that are historically significant and reveal the significant impact the introduction of bright acrylics had on artists, which allowed them to explore a whole new genre of artistic storytelling that became a joyous explosion of colour and expression.

The works in the exhibition are a vibrant acknowledgement of the creative energies, talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists who have utilised and pushed the boundaries of such a medium to share significant cultural and historical stories. Balnhdhurr is a coming together of cultures and time, providing an opportunity for a wider audience to recognise the accomplishments of a sustainable, functional and thriving print studio operating in an isolated landscape.

Since Yirrkala Print Space began in 1995 when a purpose built area was designed to host a printing press it has become an integral and vital component of the community.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression continues at the COWRA REGIONAL ART GALLERY to Sunday 21 July 2019. The exhibition is presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission free. For more information visit or tel 6340 2190.