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Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu
Wild apple orchard 2008
earth pigments on Stringybark
(Eucalyptus sp.)
173.9 x 69.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria,
Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by
Lou and Mary Senini, 2010
© Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, courtesy
of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre,
Yirrkala

Bark Ladies

19 Nov 2021 - 1 May 2022

Bark Ladies is an exhibition that celebrates the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolngu women artists from the Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (Buku), in Northeast Arnhem Land. Buku is the Indigenous community run art centre located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community, approximately 700 km east of Darwin. Work by women from the Yirrkala region has been developing an appreciative audience, both nationally and internationally.

According to Buku, under Yolngu Law the ‘Land’ extends to include sea, and both land and sea are connected in a single cycle of life for which the Yolngu hold their songs, sacred designs and art. Yolngu women at Buku are known for channelling this unique world view into daring and innovative works of art that demonstrate their mastery over the unique medium of bark.

For more than two decades the NGV has been acquiring important works on bark by women artists from Buku, who before 2000 seldom painted on bark or made larrakitj (painted hollow poles). Bark Ladies is an important exhibition that brings together great singular master artists sharing their important stories with a Melbourne audience.

The exhibition highlights significant bodies of work by Nonggirrnga Marawili, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Gulumbu Yununpingu, Barrupu Yunupingu, Dhambit Munuŋgurr, Marrnyula Munuŋgurr, Mulkun Wirrpanda, Naminapu Maymuru-White and more.

Image:
Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu
Wild apple orchard 2008
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
173.9 x 69.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Lou and Mary Senini, 2010
© Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, courtesy of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala

Gallery Details

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
T: 61 3 8620 2222
W: ngv.vic.gov.au

Opening Hours
Open 10am–5pm daily 
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General entry is free. 
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NGV International
180 St Kilda Road 
Melbourne

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square 
Melbourne


Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.