Launch of Miwatj

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Narritjin Maymuru Join us for the launch of our latest exhibition Miwatj.

Thursday 31 May 2018 05:30 pm until Thursday 31 May 2018 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Art Institute
5444 7272;
Presented by:
La Trobe Art Institute
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Exhibition; Launch
no charge

Drawn from the collections of La Trobe University, Miwatj presents the work of five highly respected senior Yolngu leaders: Birrikitji Gumana (c.1898-1982), Dr Gumana AO (c.1935-2016), Mithinarri Gurruwiwi (c.1929-1976), Narritjin Maymuru (c.1916-1981) and Wandjuk Marika OBE (c.1927-1987). These senior men were highly respected community leaders and embraced the act of painting as a means of communicating Yolngu culture with non-Yolngu people.

In Yolngu matha (Yolngu tongue) Miwatj translates to ‘morning side’ or ‘land of the first sunrise’. Geographically, Miwatj refers to ‘sunrise country’, the furthest North-Eastern part of Arnhem Land that receives the first morning sun, as it rises in the East. Miwatj acknowledges a departure from locating a generation of artists within a particular time and place. As the sun rises and sets in a cycle of many sunrises and sunsets, the work and influence of these artists continues to resonate in an ongoing cycle of cultural expression, a cycle that began before and continues beyond the lives of the artists.

Beyond their aesthetic vibrancy and diversity, this collection of paintings provides a small insight into the complexity of Yolngu culture and the significant role that painting has played in asserting Yolngu sovereignty and custodianship over the Miwatj region.

Exhibition Dates: 29 May – 7 July 2018

Light refreshments provided. Proudly supported by Mandurang Valley Wines

Image credit:

Narritjin Maymuru (c.1916 - 1981), Title Unknown (detail), date unknown, earth pigments on bark, 111 x 58.5cm. Donated by Mr James and Mrs Irene Davidson through the Tax Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1983. Image reproduction courtesy of the Maymuru family and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka.


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