We are proud to present this lovely collaboration with Yering Station Art Gallery and Artinterface
Western Synthesis charts Steve Freestone’s ongoing response to the spectacularly sculptural stony landscapes of Western Australia. The exhibition is also the final chapter of a tetralogy that has included Flinders Ranges, 2016, Kakadu and the Kimberley, 2017, and The West MacDonnell Ranges and the Centre, 2019.
For this final chapter of an epic series, and to honour Indigenous cultures whose creative engagement with the land has been an artistic inspiration, Freestone’s paintings are exhibited alongside sculptures by three formidable artistic voices from First Nation’s communities in Arnhem Land, the Gibson Desert and the Kimberley.
While Freestone’s canvasses reference and extend the European tradition of Australian landscape painting, the sculptural works by First Nation’s artists carry viewers towards events, mythologies and emotions that lie beneath the surface and beyond the field of view, and in doing so awaken a different reading of the land.
Lily Karadada, from the Prince Regent River region of Western Australia, brings us Wandjina, a sacred creator being within the culture of the Kimberley region of Western Australia who gave the Wandjina people their lore.
Eleazer Nangukwirrk from the Maningrida Region, Northern Territory, introduces two Mimih, tall slender, mythological spirit figures who pre-date humanity and are native to the rock country of western and south western Arnhem Land.
And Pintupi man Walala Tjapaltjari from the Gibson Desert makes visible the Tingari Cycle of sacred mythological songs associated with his Dreaming sites.
Taken together the four distinct visions that make up Western Synthesis represent an enriched and expansive understanding and engagement with the land. - Dr Ewen Jarvis, Curator, Yering Station Art Gallery
Strong men young warriors
Through the ancient Dreaming stories and iconography of the Tanami Desert contemporary artistic political commentary, depictions of daily activity from the Gulf of Carpentaria, and an exploration, through artefact, of the notion of the young warrior by Victorian Aboriginal artists.... this exhibition will examine the roles, responsibilities and qualities of manhood and masculinity in Aboriginal culture, such as steadfastness, commitment, caring, protection, courage, identity and wisdom. Contributing artists include Warlukurlangu Artsists, Waralungku Arts, Jilamara Arts, Graham Patterson, Glenn Loughrey, Baluk Arts, Dominic White, Young Warriors and Eddie Wanganeen.
Sunday 8th March until May 24th.
Opening Event: A Conversation about Manhood with Glenn Loughrey and the Young Warriors Sunday 8th March at 2pm
Glenn Loughrey, Warrior Strong and Proud on Country, (Self Portrait)
wateR and earth are one
December 4th - February 2020 An exploration of water, its significance in Jukurrpa, art and culture, highlighting the interrelatedness between water, earth and aquatic lifeform, and the active character of water as creator and provider. Featuring the works of Danny Riley and the artists from Waralungku Art Centre (Borroloola), Ed Wanganeen (Yorke Peninsula) Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu and Nyirripi) and from Victoria... Baluk Artists, Young Art, Graham Patterson, Emma Stenhouse, Kim Wandin, Jacqui Wandin, Merilyn Duff, Nikki Browne and Glenn Loughrey. Curator's talks: Saturday 11am January 25th and February 22nd.
EVENT: THE COMFORT OF WATER AND BIG TREE DREAMING
A conversation with Maya Ward and Jacqui Wandin Sunday 1st December at 2pm 2019 Bookings limited and essential: 0423 902 934 Tickets $10
A spirit of place conversation with Maya Ward, author of The Comfort of Water, and Jacqui Wandin, Wurundjeri woman and sculptor, who will discuss their work and profound connection to the waterways of Birrarung (Yarra) and Coranderrk, and the awe-inspiring trees that live there.
Maya Ward is passionate about deepening the connections between body, ecology and culture through writing, dancing and tending the earth. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and is beginning to teach what she’s learned about the role of embodiment in facilitating ecological awareness and personal and social transformation. Her earlier memoir, The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage, told of her walk from the sea to the source of the Yarra, following the length of a Wurundjeri Songline. She has worked as an urban designer, permaculture teacher and in bushland revegetation. Currently she lives on the banks of the Yarra and co-creates pilgrimage-based ritual, teaches dance, shares her knowledge through public speaking, and grows food with her home community in the mountain village of Warburton. Maya will discuss her books examining our relationship or sense of place with Birrarung and the inner life of the natural world - a glimpse into the dreams held by seeds and their co-creative unfurling into the giant trees of the Yarra Ranges.
Sharing culture gives Wurundjeri artist, Jacqui Wandin inspiration. Sharing stories and artistic technique with other artists around the fire feeds her creative process. She walks on Country, at Coranderrk, looking for big fallen branches that become the material for her work. Jacqui 'meets' the timber, rubbing her hands over every part, asking her ancestors by name to guide her work. 'What I’m doing is a part of them'. Jacqui creates tarnuks (wooden bowls) which represent everything to sustain life. 'They carry water, food and babies. Like a cradle, they nurture us'. Jacqui will share her reflections on her relationship with the Coranderrk Creek and Birrarung (theYarra River) and the giant manna gums that grow along Coranderrk Creek at her home.
seeds of creation
14th September-1st December Plants are often seen as static inanimate resources to be used without much consideration; and yet their activities prove that they are indeed creators, providers, that turn the sun's energy into food for consumers, holding and contributing to the formation of fragile soils, capturing and storing carbon, providing water storage, and providing oxygen. In Seeds of Creation, plants and their seeds are depicted as creators, providers that are energy-giving and vital to survival. As creation entities their presence is animate and powerful. Warlpiri art highlights ecological interconnectivity, the diversity, abundance, fertility and beauty of plants, and their seed, as essential to the nature of Country. Enjoy this beautiful exhibition of the Jukurrpa or Dreaming Stories about plants and their seed, and the ancient relationship with people, as expressed powerfully through Warlpiri culture. Hearth is proud to celebrate plants and seeds in Aboriginal culture, with works by Kim Wandin, Merilyn Duff, Young Art and Baluk Artists.
Warlukurlangu Artists challenge traditional traditional of Aboriginal art, combining iconography that is thousands of years old with sizzling acrylics and a vibrating unrestricted palette. Artists took to acrylics with gusto in the mid 80's, exploring combinations of electric lime-green, neon violet, searing tangerine...with hot pink...maintaining their fascination with a playful jubilant use of flour with determination for almost 35 years. Emerging and established artists use colour that is bold, rebellious, confident, youthful and provocative. Hot Pink is super-saturated energy. Hot Pink will make you smile. 13th June-13th July excluding Tuesdays at Hearth Galleries
naidoc 2019 truth voice treaty
Works on canvas by Taungurong Yorta-Yorta artist, Graham Patterson Works on canvas by Warlukurlangu Artists Basketry by Kim Wandoon Photography by Sam Gummer Drawings by Merilyn Duff
Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church 110 Grey St, East Melbourne Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm and Sunday 12noon-4pm Dates: 7th-14th July 2019
Featured works by Graham Patterson
our voices echo through the kuuyang
A children's perspective on caring for country...
Children's artworks inspired by a cultural and nature-focussed learning and play immersion on Country at Moyjil (Point Ritchie, the mouth of the Hopkin's River) on Gunditjmara country through the story of Kuuyang (the short-finned eel) Artwork and teaching resources created by Ngarrendjeri woman and Childhood Educator, Emma Stenhouse Artwork created by the children from Kooramook Group, Lions Hopkin's Kindergarten, Warrnambool.
Exhibition dates: Sunday 30th June - Saturday 13th July Open: 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun at Hearth Galleries, 208 Maroondah Hwy Healesville
Special event: Yarning Circle (child-friendly) with Emma Stenhouse on Sunday 30th June at 2pm. Bookings essential 0423 902 934
Featured artworks by children from Lions Hopkins Kindergarten Warrnambool
GRAHAM PATTERSON: REMEMBERING MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER
My name is Graham Patterson. I am a Taungurung Yorta Yorta man. I’ve lived in Healesville all my life. I love painting goannas and snakes, and although I’ve lost track of my totem, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the snake or goanna, as my paintings flow when I paint them. My great great grandmother, Lydia Briggs, whose picture I’m holding, lived at Corranderrk. Her daughter Lizzie Edmunds was my great grandmother. Lydia Briggs died in Miloga in 1885 after being told to leave Coranderrk and to leave her children behind. When she arrived in Miloga she asked if she could return to get her children, and was told she couldn’t. This was after Superintendent Green left Coranderrk. I love painting to keep culture alive and to paint the way I feel about being a Koorie person. If we didn’t paint we’d lose our culture and stories.
The Living Tiwi collection
Hearth Galleries are delighted to partner with Artinterface to present... Contemporary Tiwi paintings from Milikapiti, Melville Island, Northern Territory Ten Tiwi artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, natural ochres on canvas
'We have never forgotten our colour' Pedro Wanaeamirri
Featuring work by Janice Murray, Raelene Kerinauia, Linus Warlapinni, Ian Cook Mungatopi, Dymphna Kerinauia, Chris Tipiloura, Jocelyn Black, Kenny Brown and Pedro Wonaeamirri
'Related to Tiwi culture through the ochre colour. Same colour as bark painting, pukumani poles, bark baskets as well as ceremonial ornaments; armbands, spears, sticks and all that. Also decoration of body when attending funeral, Kulama and Pukumani ceremonies. The ochres are being left by our ancestors, so still following their footsteps. Ochres were used here by our elders and and today we are still using it. We have never forgotten our colour.' Pedro Wonaeamirri
Enjoy this extraordinary celebration of Tiwi culture, examining mortality through mythology and ceremony.
Opens: 10am-4pm, everyday except Tuesdays, Wed 8 May - Sun 9 June
SPECIAL EVENT: INFUSED BY THE PROCESS, WITH SENIOR APW PRINTER, MARTIN KING SUNDAY 2ND JUNE AT 2PM
Martin King has worked as a senior printer with the Australian Print Workshop in Gertrude Street Fitzroy since its inception in the mid 80's. He has worked with his heroes, foremost artists across the country to transform their ideas into a print on paper. Martin has a passion for works on paper, and is passionate about the medium for its distinctive characters and qualities, and the challenge of 'controlling the uncontrollable'. In the early 90's Martin worked with the Tiwi artists at Jilamara Arts and crafts Association Melville Island, who feature in the Living Tiwi exhibition here at Hearth Galleries. Martin is a multi-award receiving artists and his work is held internationally and in national galleries across Australia. APW is a not for profit arts organisation with a proud 35 year record of supporting artists to produce original, limited edition, fine art prints and they maintain working relationships with Aboriginal artists working in remote communities across Australia.
Bookings and further information 0423 902 934
Featured images: Pwoja - Pukumani Body Paint Design, Ian Cook Mungatopi
infinite - an EXPLORATION of deep space and time
In Aboriginal cosmologies, time is infinite in its duration and can be as much a part of the present and the future as it is of the past. Contrasting with a Western lineal perspective of time, the origins and powers of the Jukurrpas (Dreaming stories) are located in place rather than time. Place provides the framework for events, provides its own memory devices and is imbued with the sacred and eternal. Through significant works by Athena Nangala Granites and Stephen Jupurrurla Nelson this exhibition explores the power of contemporary Aboriginal artists to challenge our perceptions of and relationship to time and space, and equally to question our integration with place. These large works will be presented alongside extraordinary works by Shorty Jangala Robertson (1925-2014) who expressed his Ngapa Jukurrpa through bold iconographic statements. Through Athena's extraordinary cosmic night skies and Stephen's Janganpa Jukurrpa journeys over earth, join us to feel the power of Infinite.
27 February - 31 March 2019
EVENT - THE ABORIGINAL NIGHT SKY
Join us to explore Aboriginal knowledge of astronomy and its application to cultural practices, art and ecology. This event coincides with Infinite, an exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal artworks that challenge our perceptions of deep time and space, and their relationship to place. Dr Ewen Jarvis, Curator at Yering Station Art Gallery will lead a discussion with.... Dr Duane Hamacher, Astronomer and Senior Research Fellow at Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and Adjunct Fellow in the Astrophysics Group at the University of Southern Queensland and... Krystal De Napoli, Kamilaroi woman and astrophysics student at Monash University, researching how Indigenous Australians observed the night sky (pictured below).
Bookings essential: Chris 0423902934 or firstname.lastname@example.org Hearth Galleries 208 Maroondah Hwy Healesville Sunday 17th March at 3pm
EVENT BOOKED OUT
ARTISTS OF WARLUKURLANGU AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON MELBOURNE
VIBRANT...PASSIONATE...PROUD Hearth Galleries is thrilled to partner with Hilton DoubleTree Melbourne to present an exhibition of six significant works by Warlukurlangu Artists: Christine Nakamarra Curtis, Lola Nampijinpa Brown, Justinna Napaljarri Simms, Athena Nangala Granites, Sabrina Nangala Robertson and Walter Jangala Brown. Through a colourful unrestricted palette, ancient iconography and the sharing of their Jukurrpa (Dreaming Stories) the artists of Yuendumu give us a powerful insight into their loving knowledge of country which is at once spiritual, sustainable, ecological, regenerative and creative. The artists' Jukurrpas are vast in time and space yet simultaneously acute, personal and immediately relevant to here and now.
Enjoy the exhibition at DoubleTree by Hilton, Flinders Street Melbourne Exhibition dates: 17/1/19 to 17/3/19
THANK YOU - AN EXHIBITION BY HEARTH GALLERIES
Birthdays are a time of love, celebration and reflection. So as Hearth Galleries turns one, I feel incredibly privileged and thankful to have spent a year working with such beautiful artists and meeting so many people passionate about Aboriginal culture as they pass though the doors at Hearth Galleries and share their stories.
This is also a great time for me to introduce Scott Mitchell as my business partner. Scott grew up in small towns in Victoria, growing up with a passion for the natural world and regenerative agriculture. He has a wealth of business experience and a commitment to growing Hearth's community-building capacity.
To say thank you for your support we are making significant price reductions on selected works throughout February. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a beautiful piece of Aboriginal art at a very special price. Scott and I are very keen to ensure that the artists from Warlukurlangu receive their second payment for their work, which they receive when a work sells. We are also excited about making space for a very exciting exhibition coming in March....
Works by artists including Steven Jupurrurla Nelson, Pauline Napangardi Gallagher, Alice Nampijinpa Michaels, Margaret Nangala Gallagher, Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson, Jeffrey Nangala Gallagher, Lloyd Jampijinpa Gallagher, Watson Jangala Robertson, Selma Napurrurla Leo.
Saturday 26th January to Sunday 24th February
Deeply connected to their Dreaming stories the artists from Yuendumu and Nyirripi utilise a vibrant, often spell-binding pallet to tell the stories of the landscape, the geographical features and the plants and animals that live there. These are stories based in a deep understanding of ecological systems, survival knowledge, and a profound love and respect for the country that provides. Ground is the place over which we walk, it suggests the technique of making pigment from ochre stones, and groundedness is akin to mindfulness.
Ground is a call from the desert; an invitation towards an increased understanding of Jukurrpa, and perhaps, through our engagement with these dreaming stories, an opportunity to reflect on our own connection to place, including the ethical and cultural framework that might inform our decision-making processes.
Stories of yuendumu by sam gummer
Wednesday November 28th - Sunday 30th December Launch 2pm Saturday 1st December
Sam Gummer's extraordinary images offer a window into the remote Aboriginal community of Yuendumu, depicting the diverse stories of the Warlpiri people, from traditional to contemporary, sombre to celebratory, creative to sacred, ancient to modern day. From ancient Dreamtime stories, skin names, sacred ceremonies, paintings and artefacts, to modern day clothes, music, art making and social media, the story of this community comes in the form of collective narratives woven over the tapestry of time.
Gummer's work will be presented alongside artworks from Warlukurlangu Artists in Yuendumu where Sam lives and works. Sam also works for Aussie Desert Dogs, an organisation funded by the art centre, that provides veterinary assistance, food, medical care and where needed, re-homing, for Yuendumu's dog population, and also a rescue response for injured and orphaned wildlife.
Handpainted Dogs: A special part of this exhibition includes beautiful metal dogs, handpainted by the artists of Yuendumu. The metal dogs are made by inmates of the NT correctional facilities, then painted by Aboriginal artists in community. Each dog is vibrantly unique and based on the shape of a real dog that lives in Yuendumu, getting up to the usual fun and mischief around town!
Retrospective of the old mechanics institute Gallery
Featured works by Barbara Beasley-Southgate, Mark Phillips and Dorothy McVay 10th - 28th October 2018 The Old Mechanics Institute in Healesville enjoyed a flourishing of creativity between 1986 and 1992 under the ownership of Pam Baragwanath (Firth). This exhibition all celebrate the artistic, historic and social ecology of that time.
yankirri is emu!
Yankirri is Emu: the emu ancestor who walked over country looking for water. Warlukurlangu Artists interpretations of this ancient Jukurrpa, are powerful, vibrant and constantly being renewed. We think you'll enjoy this ancient journey in its striking contemporary diversity. Follow Emu across the landscapes, searching for water, feeding on bush foods and tackling the Ancestral Bustard! Don't miss Yankirri! Including exciting new works by Aboriginal artists from the Tanami, Watson Jangala Robertson, Margaret Nangala Gallagher, Mary Napangardi Butcher and Lloyd Jampijinpa Brown. Local work including: Basketry by Kim Wandin, sculptures by Nikki Browne, painting by Deb Prout Hearth Galleries, 208 Maroondah Highway Healesville 14th August-30th September 2018
Hearth Galleries celebrates NAIDOC 2018 at the Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church in East Melbourne. Vibrant paintings from Warlukurlangu Artists and the basketry of Wurundjeri woman, Kim Wanton (Wandin) capture the strength, vigour and courage of women and their vital work, the essence of Because of Her We Can.Including works by Selma Napanangka Tasman, Mary Napangardi Butcher, Juliette Nampijinpa Brown and Melissa Nampijinpa Karpa.
Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church 101 Grey Street, East Melbourne Sunday 8th July- Sunday 15th July 2018
OUTER WORLD INNER LIFE II: LEILA S BOAKES
Outer World Inner Life II : Works by Leila S Boakes Hearth Galleries, 208 Maroondah Highway Healesville Opening Saturday 30th June, 3-6pm 30th June-15th July 2018 Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
Leila S Boakes examines the collision between our inner lives and the outer world, inviting us to contemplate the intersection of our imagination and the world we call reality. Inner Life Outer World ll, is an exhibition of works created by the artist Leila Boakes over the last four years. Her work is a reflection of the magical within the mundane, the exquisite that is available everyday if we look closely enough, either within or without.
Drawing Classes Throughout this exhibition Leila will be offering the following classes: Drawing from Life and the Imagination: Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, 12noon-2pm 20 min Portraits: Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, 3pm-6pm Basic materials provided. Pay as you feel! Bookings appreciated but drop-ins welcome. Tel: 0423 902 934
Poetry Competition Poetic responses were invited to individual works throughout the exhibition period. The winner was selected on Saturday 14th July by Dr Ewen Jarvis, Curator, Yering Station Gallery.
Visit the beautiful Italian inspired Olivigna Restaurant in Warrandyte throughout June 2018, for a wine and art experience, featuring six large and exciting pieces from the Art from the Desert collection. We would like to thank Olivigna for their generous support in making this exhibition possible. Visit 54-56 Brumby's Road, Warrandyte South www.olivigna.com.au
Pop up at Healesville senior citizens hall
We were thrilled to complete our first exciting and successful pop-up exhibition at the Healesville Senior Citizen Club in beautiful Green Street. April 14th and 15th, 2018. Check out some of the lovely works sold and the great space! L-R Ngapa Jukurrpa by Lola Nampijinpa Brown, Karnta Jukurrpa by Karen Napaljarri Barnes, Pikilyi Jukurrpa by Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson
Header image: Ngap Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming), Ada Nangala Dickson Acrylic on Belgian linen.