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Unley Museum launches Aboriginal art exhibition

Image: The Runaway Wives (detail), Jacob Stengle

Experience Tandanya for yourself at the Unley Museum.

In a fascinating exhibition, the Unley Museum has loaned artwork from Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute to create a unique showcase of art and culture, Tandanya, opening Thursday February 20, with a free public launch event to be held that evening between 5.00 and 7.00pm.

 The exhibition includes artworks which form part of the permanent collection at Tandanya, the country’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre.

Unley Museum Curator Karen Paris said; “Working together with Tandanya, we have produced an engaging exhibition of varied styles and artwork mediums, creating a special opportunity for people to experience and engage with Aboriginal visual culture here in Unley.”

Tandanya’s Collections Curator, Jamie Hampton, assisted Unley Museum in selecting a range of artwork forms from the collections of a variety of communities across Australia; including work by Ngarrindjeri artist Karumapuli Jacob Stengle, pieces by various artists from Ernabella Art Centre, with Ochre works from Warmun in Western Australia, along with weavings and artefacts from Aboriginal artists living in South Australia’s far west coast communities.

“This exhibition will give viewers a taste of the broad, eclectic collection of art and artefacts usually housed at Tandanya and inspire visitors to engage with the rich visual culture of Aboriginal peoples from right across our continent,” Ms Paris said.

City of Unley Mayor, Michael Hewitson AM said “This is a perfect opportunity for people who want to know more about the depth and variety of the indigenous art of this country, produced by the oldest living civilisation on the planet, in all its colour, mystery, storytelling and regional diversity.”

Tandanya will be on display at the Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, from 23rd February 2020, with the free public opening to be held prior on Thursday 20th February from 5pm.

The Museum is open Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 2pm to 5pm. Entry to the exhibition is free.