Witjiti George and Taylor Cooper, Piltati and Malara: A story of love and war 2018 (detail), acrylic on linen, 200 x 300 cm. Courtesy the artists and Kaltjiti Arts.

8 August to 26 September 2021

Weapons for the soldier is a major and ambitious exhibition bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia artists who have made new work to examine complex and varied responses to weaponry, warfare, and their connection to protecting land and country. 

Weapons for the soldier is the first Anangu-curated exhibition involving non-Indigenous artists, and the second major partnership project between APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre in southern Sydney.

Weapons for the soldier fosters dialogue around multi-geographical and multi-generational fights for land, Country and freedom experienced by Australians, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, as well as the Indigenous experience in Australian military history.

APY Lands Artists: Alec Baker, Eric Barney, Willy Kaika Burton, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Taylor Cooper, Sammy Dodd, Witjiti George, Rupert Jack, Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken, Hector Mitakiki, Junior Mitakiki, Kamarin Mitakiki , Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin, Peter Mungkuri, Vincent Namatjira , Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey, Keith Stevens, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya, Bernard Tjalkuri , Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri, Mumu Mike Williams, Anwar Young, Frank Young, Kamurin Young, Young men of Amata

Invited Artists: Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Lionel Bawden, George Gittoes, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewe , Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Jonathan Jones , Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Ben Quilty, Reko Rennie, Greg Semu, Alex Seton.

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