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WEAPONS FOR THE SOLDIER: Protecting Country, Culture and Family


Vincent Namatjira, 'Unknown soldiers' (detail 1) 2018, acrylic on army surplus material, 122 x 91 cm each. Courtesy the artist and Iwantja Arts and This Is No Fantasy.

Vincent Namatjira, 'Unknown soldiers' (detail 1) 2018, acrylic on army surplus material, 122 x 91 cm each. Courtesy the artist and Iwantja Arts and This Is No Fantasy.

The idea for Weapons for the soldier came from a group of young artists and future leaders from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands: Vincent Namatjira, Anwar Young, Kamurin Young, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson and Aaron Ken. Vincent and the young Anangu artists invited Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from across Australia, whose work shares common themes, to join them in this project. (Excerpt from catalogue essay by Frank Young, Chair of the APY Executive Board)

ARTISTS: Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Alec Baker, Eric Barney, Lionel Bawden, Willy Kaika Burton, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Taylor Cooper, Sammy Dodd, Witjiti George, George Gittoes, Shaun Gladwell, Rupert Jack, Jonathan Jones, Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken, Richard Lewer, Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden, Danie Mellor, Hector Mitakiki, Junior Mitakiki, Kamarin Mitakiki, Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin, Peter Mungkuri, Vincent Namatjira, Steaphan Paton, Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey, Ben Quilty, Reko Rennie, Greg Semu, Alex Seton, Keith Stevens, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya, Bernard Tjalkuri, Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri, Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams, Anwar Young, Frank Young, Kamurin Young and the young men of Amata.

Weapons for the soldier is a partnership project between the APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program, the ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, and Australia Council for the Arts; Arts SA; Create NSW; Sutherland Shire Council; and the Gordon Darling Foundation.