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Kiripuranji

Kiripuranji: Contemporary Artwork from the Tiwi Islands

January 2005

Kiripuranji, an exhibition of strikingly beautiful works by Tiwi Island artists of the Northern Territory, was presented at the Habama Centre Gallery, Ganei Tikva in January. The presentation in Israel (a collaboration between AICE and the Australian Embassy, Tel Aviv) was opened by John Brogden, the then Leader of the Opposition in New South Wales and in the presence of the Ambassador of Australia, H.E. Tim George.

The exhibition, bringing together some of the most exciting developments in contemporary art from Bathurst and Melville islands, was curated by Artbank. assisted by members of a number of Tiwi arts associations. It is supported by Australia's overseas diplomatic missions and has been touring the globe since 2002 as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program.

Kiripuranji (a Tiwi word meaning 'clever with our hands') was the first opportunity for Israeli audiences to view a wide range of Tiwi art including canvasses, works on paper, ceremonial spears, bark baskets and vibrant textiles. It builds on the international reputation already enjoyed by the Tiwi Islands for their carved and painted ceremonial poles. It proved to be immensely popular in Israel, with visitors converging on the Gallery from all over the country, including school groups and art school students. On show for 10 days before moving on to South Africa, the exhibition attracted more than 6000 visitors and secured extensive media coverage.

 


Kiripuranji exhibition is presented in partnership with: