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REDOT FINE ART GALLERY in collaboration with Tjungu Palya Arts presents

Kuwaritja A Collection of Fine Tjungu Palya Indigenous Art

6 June – 27 June 2018

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Wild Flowers near Watarru Source: Photograph by Leopold Fiala © Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts.


Watarru Ladies Discuss Initial Tjukurrpa of Country for New P


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Paintings.


Various Tjungu Palya Artists (WATARRU COLLABORATIVE) Language

Pitjantjatjara

The artists of Watarru have received high acclaim for their collaborative paintings. Their initial collaborative works were commissioned by the Department for Environment and Heritage and now hang permanently in the South Australian Parliament. These are the first Indigenous paintings to hang in parliament house. In 2007 they won a major prize in the national Drawing Together competition sponsored by the Australian Public Service Commission, a competitive award, which attracted over 570 entries from across Australia.

Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW, Australia. The Arthur Roe Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle, WA, United States of America. Bérengère Primat Collection, Crans Montana, Switzerland. South Australian Parliament, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Nevada Museum of Arts, Reno, NV, US Below from Left to Right: Beryl Jimmy, Wipana Jimmy and Imitjala Pollard and Source: © Photo Courtesy of Liz Bird


Selected Group Exhibitions 2018 2017 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007 2006

The Wynne Prize Exhibition - Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW, Australia. Walkatjunanyi Inmaku (Painting Songs) - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Finalist – 34th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Ngayulu Mantangka Walkatjunanyi - Outstation Gallery Darwin, NT, Australia. Warka Kunpu - Raft Art Space, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Empreintes Eternelles - Aboriginal Signature, Bruxelles, Belgium. Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Tjungu Palya Masterpieces - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Watarru Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya 2011 - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjukurpa Pulkatjara: The Power of the Law - South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Tjukurpa Kunpu - Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA, Australia. Watarru Tjukurpa - Randall Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia. Nganampa Tjukurpa Nganampa Ngura - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Our Mob - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Anangu Backyard - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia.


Watarru Ladies, Beryl, Wipana and Imitjala, Discussing the Mapping Out of New Country and Stories for Collaborative Paintings 18-047 and 18-048. Source: Š Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts


Various Tjungu Palya Artists (COLLABORATIVE) Minyma Kutjara Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 200 x 300cm 18-047

Nyangatja minyma kutjara tjukurpa ilpililanguru (this is the creation story for Ilpili about the Two Sister creation beings). The women were hiding and one-man Wati Kawalpa (Preying Mantis Man) was searching for them. Minyma malyanpa paku kangkuru kanyini (The younger sister was very tired, and her elder sister was taking care of her). The younger sister was pregnant. As they hid in a cave at the base of the hill the man climbed up high to look for them called out “Yaltji, minyma kutjara?” (where are you two women)? The women were painting sacred designs on themselves. They painted concentric circles on the younger sister’s big tummy and straight lines on the elder sisters breasts. Then they had Inma (ceremony).


Works in Progress – Minyma Kutjara (18-047)


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Various Tjungu Palya Artists (COLLABORATIVE) Watarru Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 200 x 300cm 18-048

Puli tjuta munu kapi tjukula (there are rocky hills and water holes). Ngayuku ngura Watarru (this is my home Watarru). There are travelling lines between the rock holes where in the early days Anangu (Aboriginal) people would travel on foot.


Works in Progress – Watarru (18-048)

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Angkaliya Curtis at Cave Hill, 2016 Source: Photograph by Leopold Fiala © Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts


Angkaliya Curtis Standing Infront of her Work 18-012 Source: © Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts


Angkaliya CURTIS Birth Date Place of Birth Language Skin/Clan

circa 1928 Miti Pitjantjatjara Pitjantjatjara

Angkaliya was born in 1928 at Miti in the South Australian Pitjantjatjara Lands. When she was small she travelled with her mother to Watarru (her mother’s country). The family spent time at Ernabella mission and cattle station properties exchanging animal skins (dingoes and rabbits) for flour and sugar. She married and lived at Ernabella where she worked in the craft room spinning wool and making rugs. In the 1960’s she moved closer to her traditional homeland when the community of Amata began. Today she lives and works between Nyapari Community and Cave Hill. Angkaliya lived a semi nomadic lifestyle often walking long distances in the desert where traditional knowledge of the country, its water holes and food supplies are vital to survival. She learned from her mother and grandmother the secrets of the land and acquired an intimate understanding of the environment and the ancestral creation stories associated with it. When Angkaliya was a young girl she learned about traditional foods and their preparation from the older women around her. She gathered foods such as ili (native fig), kampurarpa (desert raisins), tjala (honey ants), maku (witchetty grubs) ngintaka (perentie goanna), tjati (edible lizard) and anumara (edible caterpillars). She also knew about minkulpa (native tobacco) and other plants with medicinal properties. She gathered Irmangka-Irmangka grinding the small sticky leaf of the native eremophila and mixing with emu fat to make a pultice for muscular aches and pains. She learned what seed to collect to grind to a flour to make into small cakes cooked in the hot ashes from the fire. She made wiltjas (simple dwellings - shade structures from branches), yuu (windbreaks), and carved utensils from local trees such as wana (wooden digging stick) and piti (collecting bowls). She read the desert sands for tracks and hunted small animals. She spun hair on a hand-made spindle for ceremonial belts and manguri (woven head ring). Art and craft are still important to Angkaliya and she maintains prolific weaving, artefact production and painting practices. Her camp is scattered with discarded raffia and spinifex from the tjanpi baskets she makes in the evening and during weekends. During the week Angkaliya is a dedicated painter, she is often the first to arrive in the studio and the last to leave, maintaining a slow and rhythmic approach to building up her artworks. In recent years Angkaliya has shifted away from the quirky figurative depictions of animals


she was famous for, towards a more abstracted expression of Tjukurpa. The confident underdrawings in her paintings maintain a distinct sense of knowledge and cultural integrity and act as an armature off which she hangs beautiful tracts of colour blended together with her signature painterly marks. In later life she favours large paintings as they allow her to tell a grand story full of intensity and power.

Awards 2014 2013 2011 2010 2003

Finalist – 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist – 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist – 28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist – Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards - Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia. Finalist – 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Finalist – 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia.

Collections Artbank Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Australian National University Collection, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Deakin University Art Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM), Adelaide, SA, Australia. Harriett & Richard England Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth, WA, Australia. The Arthur Roe Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The Marshall Collection, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, ACT, Australia. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, QLD, Australia. The Beat Knoblauch Collection, Switzerland.


The Lepley Collection, Perth, WA, Australia. Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, Australia. University of Canberra Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, Australia. W. & V. McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The Sims-Dickson Collection, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 Walkatjunanyi Inmaku (Painting Songs) - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Empreintes Eternelles - Aboriginal Signature, Bruxelles, Belgium. 2016 Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars - Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. 2015 Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice  Springs, NT, Australia. Résonance millénaire - Nocturnes Knokke Art Fair, Bruxelles, Belgium (Represented by Aboriginal Signature). Paysages Incarnés - Aboriginal Signature, Bruxelles, Belgium. 2014 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya - Tunbridge Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia. Tjukutjuku walka walka walka walka walka pulka tjurkurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. 2013 A Study of the Figurative in Desert Painting - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjungu Palya - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. New Paintings - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Titutjara: Always Here, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia. APY Lands Survey Exhibition - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Tjintu Kutjupa Tjintu Kutupa – Desert Days - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Minymaku Ara - Women’s Way - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tjukurpa Wangka: Storytellers - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Shalom Gamarada Art Fair, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 2012 Tjungu Kutju-tu: Together as One - Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.


2012 Tjungu Palya 2012 - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. 2011 Minymaku Tjukurpa - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa - Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards - Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia. Living Water - National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, VIC, Australia. 28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Ngura Tjukuritja – A Dreaming Place - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Intangibles in Terra Australis - Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Animal Magic - Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya 2011 - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Western APY Lands - ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany. Intangibles in Terra Australis - Sala kubo-kutxa Aretoa, San Sebastian, Spain (in association with Marshall Arts). 2010 Raft Launch Exhibition - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Partnerships - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Tjukurpa Pulkatjara: The Power of the Law - South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Senior Artists – Important New Works - Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Ngaranyi Kunpu – Standing Strong - Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Inma Mantangka Ngarinyi – Song of the Land - Putipula Gallery, Noosa, QLD, Australia. Tjungu Palya Survey Show - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. 2009 Kulini Ngura – Knowing Country - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Wanampiku Munu Kalayaku Ngura - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula – Tjungu Palya Print Show - Nomad Gallery, Reflection Room, Holiday Inn, Darwin, NT, Australia. 2008 Women’s Show - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tjukurpa Kunpu - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa Tjuta - Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Iwara Mantangka – Land Lines - Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia.


2008 2007

Manta Nyangatja Pitjantjatjara - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Uwankara Ngura Palya - Randall Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia. Celebration - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.


Angkaliya Curtis Standing Infront of Gesso Boards_18-050 to 18-057 Source: © Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 720cm 18-050; 051; 052; 053; 056; 057

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Works in Progress – Cave Hill (18-050 to 18-057)


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Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 120cm 18-050

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 120cm 18-051

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 120cm 18-052

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 120cm 18-053

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 120cm 18-056

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Ink on Traditional Gesso Board 160 x 120cm 18-057

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 150 x 300cm 18-012

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Works in Progress – Cave Hill (18-012)


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Angkaliya CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 150 x 300cm 18-021

Ngayuku Mitaku Ngurangka (this is my country from my husband) a place called Cave Hill. There are many animals living in this desert country and their tracks are everywhere. There is a lot of water here too, it’s a precious place. My husband Billynya and I travelled on a camel from the mission in Ernabella to Cave Hill.


Beryl Jimmy Standing Infront of 18-055 Source: © Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts


Beryl Jimmy Standing Infront of 18-055 Source: © Photo Courtesy of Tjungu Palya Arts


Beryl JIMMY Birth Date Place of Birth Language Skin/Clan

circa 1970 Fregon Pitjantjatjara Pitjantjatjara

Beryl Jimmy is a Pitjantjatjara woman living at the community settlement of Watarru in the far northwest of South Australia, part of an area referred to as the Western Desert. Beryl’s work is inspired by a deep connection to country and her spiritual links to the desert are expressed with integrity, beauty and creativity. Traditional knowledge of food collection and water sources were vital for survival in this dynamic desert landscape and is a prominent theme in her work. This cultural knowledge is handed down orally in the retelling of the Tjukurpa (traditional stories of the ancestors’ journeys), which not only sustains Anangu (Aboriginal people) physically, but socially and spiritually. Tjukurpa painting depicts a fragment of a larger story, a living history where an ancestor was involved in creating country. Individuals have authority and ownership of this land and the associated sites and stories. The maintenance of this country is paramount to artists of Watarru and they continue to care and manage the land with respect and responsibility.

Awards 2013 2007

Finalist – 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. Drawing Together, Caring for Country Award, The Australian Public Service Commission in partnership with the National Archives of Australia and the National Museum of Australia, ‘Kuku Kanyini’ 2007

Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW, Australia. Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, ACT, Australia. Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM), Adelaide, SA, Australia.


National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, ACT, Australia. Parliament of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Department of Primary Industry and Regions, Adelaide, SA, Australia. The Beat Knoblauch Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia. The Lepley Collection, Perth, WA, Australia. Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT, Australia. University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia. W. & V. McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 Walkatjunanyi Inmaku (Painting Songs) - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Empreintes Eternelles - Aboriginal Signature, Bruxelles, Belgium. The Wynne Prize Exhibition - Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW, Australia. I am Drawing in the Sand – Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. 2016 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award - Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, NT, Australia. 2015 Mangkurpa (3) - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Résonance millénaire - Nocturnes Knokke Art Fair, Bruxelles, Belgium (Represented by Aboriginal Signature). Group Exhibition - Aboriginal Signature, Bruxelles, Belgium. 2014 The Women’s Show - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tjukutjuku walka walka walka walka walka pulka tjurkurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. 2013 APY Lands Survey Exhibition - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. New Paintings - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Tjukurpa Wangka: Storytellers - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Minymaku Ara - Women’s Way - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tjintu Kutjupa Tjintu Kutupa – Desert Days - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Shalom Gamarada Art Fair, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tjungu Palya: Piltati and Other Stories - Elements Art Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia. 2012 Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Tjungu Palya 2012 - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Paintings from the APY Lands of far northern South Australia - Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC, Australia.


2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006

Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Wati Kalaya: Celebrating the work and life of Jimmy Baker - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya Minymaku Tjukurpa - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Our Mob: art by South Australian Aboriginal Artists - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Tjukurpa Manta - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya – Masterpieces - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Watarru Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa - Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tjungu Palya Survey Show - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Inma Mantangka Ngarinyi – Song of the Land - Putipula Gallery, Noosa, QLD, Australia. Wanampiku Munu Kalayaku Ngura - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Kulini Ngura – Knowing Country - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula – Tjungu Palya Print Show - Nomad Gallery, Reflection Room, Holiday Inn, Darwin, NT, Australia. Generation Next - Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia. Tjungu Palyaku Warka Nyuwana (New Works from Tjungu Palya) - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore. Drawing Together - National Archives of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Watarru Tjukurpa - Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA, Australia. Anangu Backyard Exhibition - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.


Beryl JIMMY Kapi Tjukula Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 200 x 300cm 18-055

Kapi Tjukula Watarru (these rockholes are Watarru). Manta, Puli, Putipula, Punu Munu Bushpa (the surrounding country is diverse with sandy patches, rocky hills, bush flowers and trees). Ngayuku Ngura Wirunya (my country is beautiful). Minyma Tjuta Tjala Tjuta Tjawanpai (all the women would dig for honey ants).


Works in Progress – Kapi Tjukula (18-055)


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Beryl JIMMY Nyangatja Watarru Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 180 x 196cm 18-011

Nyangatja Watarru (this is a place called Watarru). Watarru is my home. This is Anangu Tjuta (many Anangu (people)). Anangu Tjuta are moving around, moving between waterholes and creeks, and looking for food. They go out in the daytime, looking around that country, looking through the bush. They look for food and bring what they find back to the kids at the camp. When the water finishes at one place, they move on to the next waterhole. If there’s no water, they keep walking until they find something. Knowing where to find the water is special knowledge. There is water in a lot of unlikely places. There are creeks, waterholes, rockholes, soakages and springs. Kapi Wiru (good water).


Works in Progress – Nyangatja Watarru (18-011)


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Beryl JIMMY Kapi Tjukula Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 182cm 18-041

Kapi tjukula Watarru (these rockholes are Watarru). Manta, puli, putipula, punu munu bushpa (the surrounding country is diverse with sandy patches, rocky hills, bush flowers and trees). Ngayuku ngura wirunya (my country is beautiful). Minyma tjuta tjala tjuta tjawanpai (all the women would dig for honey ants).


Helen Curtis in front of a Collaborative Painting Source: Š Photo Courtesy Tjungu Palya Arts


Helen CURTIS Birth Date Place of Birth Language Skin/Clan

01/12/1973 Alice Springs Pitjantjatjara Pitjantjatjara

Helen was born in 1973 in Alice Springs hospital over 600kms from her traditional country Cave Hill near Amata, where she grew up. Cave Hill is the songline of the Seven Sisters’ Tjukurpa an important Dreaming site for the central desert people. Her family moved to Mutjitjulu at Uluru (AyresRock) where she worked as a guide for Anangu tours. She taught visitors about Aboriginal culture and traditional food collection and preparation. Today Helen lives with her mother Angkaliya Curtis at Nyapari Community. Located about 100 kms south of Uluru, Nyapari is set at the base of the majestic Mann Ranges in the heart of country traditionally owned by the Pitjantjatjara people. These ranges known to Anangu as Murputja, likening the mountain to the bony ridge of a person’s spine, are the source of many water holes and traditional camping places. The homelands of Kanpi, Nyapari, Angatja, Umpukulu and Tjankanu have grown from these seasonal camping places into permanent settlements. Over fifty artists from Murputja joined together with family members living in traditional country 180kms to the south at Watarru and created Tjungu Palya (Good Together).

Collections Artbank Collection, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Selected Group Exhibitions 2018 2017

Tjungungku Tjukurpa Kunpu Rawangku Kanyinytjaku: Together We Are Protecting Our Stories - Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Ngayulu Mantangka Walkatjunanyi - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Empreintes Eternelles - Aboriginal Signature, Bruxelles, Belgium.


2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. The Womens Show - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The Bold and the Beautiful - Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Tjukutjuku walka walka walka walka walka pulka tjurkurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Rising Stars - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia Tjungu Palya - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. New Paintings - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia. APY Lands Survey Exhibition - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Minymaku Ara - Women’s Way - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Tjukurpa Wangka: Storytellers - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjungu Palya Artists – Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Ngura Tjukuritja – A Dreaming Place - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Partnerships - Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Tjungu Palya Survey Show - Short St Gallery, Broome, WA, Australia. Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Alwara-wara - Side by Side – Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT, Australia. Anangu Backyard - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, Australia.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Linen 116 x 199cm 18-031

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 91cm 18-033

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 91cm 18-034

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 91cm 18-035

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 91cm 18-036

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 91cm 18-038

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


Helen CURTIS Cave Hill Synthetic Acrylic Polymer Paint on Board 122 x 91cm 18-039

This is kapi tjukula (the deep rockholes) and Karu (the creek lines) in my country Cave Hill. This is a sacred place for the Seven Sisters Dreaming. Minyma tjuta (the sisters) are sitting inside the cave, they have been collecting bush tucker, desert raisins and bush tomatoes. They wait inside the cave, hiding from the cheeky man, Wati Nyiru. This country is from my father.


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