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WEAPONS FOR THE SOLDIER: Protecting Country, Culture and Family


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

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

Presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

SPECIAL EVENT: 1-4pm, Sunday 13 October
Welcome to Ngarrindjeri Country and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Moogy Sumner.
Inma cultural song and dance from APY Lands.
Artists In-Conversation: Witjiti George and Taylor Cooper (Fregon SA) with Nici Cumpston Tarnanthi Artistic Director.

A major exhibition bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex perspectives on weaponry, warfare, rights and freedom across the generations. Initiated by the young men of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, with support from their senior artists.

APY Lands Artists: Alec Baker | Eric Barney | Willy Kaika Burton | Pepai Jangala Carroll | Taylor Cooper | Sammy Dodd | Witjiti George | Rupert Jack | Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken | Kunmanara (Ray) Ken | Maruku Arts and Crafts | Hector Mitakiki | Junior Mitakiki | Kamarin Mitakiki | Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin | Peter Mungkuri | Vincent Namatjira | Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey | Keith Stevens | Derek Jungarrayi Thompson | Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya | Bernard Tjalkuri | Ginger Wikilyiri | Mick Wikilyiri | Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams | Anwar Young | Frank Young | Kamurin Young | Young men of Amata

Invited Artists: Abdul Abdullah | Tony Albert | Brook Andrew | Lionel Bawden | George Gittoes | Shaun Gladwell | Richard Lewer | Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden & Jonathan Jones | Danie Mellor | Steaphan Paton | Ben Quilty | Reko Rennie | Greg Semu | Alex Seton

Taylor Cooper and Witjiti George   Piltati and Malara: A story of love and war,  (detail) 2018, acrylic on linen, 200 x 300 cm, Courtesy of the artists and Kaltjiti Arts

Taylor Cooper and Witjiti George Piltati and Malara: A story of love and war, (detail) 2018, acrylic on linen, 200 x 300 cm, Courtesy of the artists and Kaltjiti Arts

A touring exhibition by APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre, assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program. This project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Create NSW, Sutherland Shire Council, and the Gordon Darling Foundation.