Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression
Exhibition dates: 19 April – 15 July
Please join us for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery on:
Wednesday 19 April from 5.30pm
This is a free event. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome
Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite print production at the Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, located in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The Yirrkala Print Space is unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.
Balnhdhurr refers to marks made on the ground as a sign for people to follow – where one group goes ahead, but wants to leave a message for those behind. An impression is scratched into the ground directing the future viewer to follow the right path. In this way printmaking provides a medium for passing on knowledge to younger generations to keep culture and history and identity alive and strong, while at the same time creating a conversation between the Yolngu (Yolŋu) people of Northeast Arnhem Land and the national and international community.
The diversity of the work acknowledges Yolngu respect for clan and country, highlighting the importance of kinship with many of the prints relating to Creation stories and Law as passed on by their Ancestors.
An Artback NT National Touring Exhibition 2017-2019 produced in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre
IMAGE Gaymala Yunupingu Djirikitj, 1998, screenprint, 40 x 40 cm