exhibitions

weavings

16 June – 9 July 2022

about the exhibition

We are delighted to present a new exhibition of weavings from Bula’Bula Arts, one of Australia’s most significant art centres. This exhibition focuses on the weavings made by the women artists of the community, showcasing beautiful natural fibres and masterful techniques. Bula’bula Arts, located in Ramingining in Northeast Arnhem Land, has a core objective to preserve and foster Yolngu culture. The women of Gurrwiliny (the Arafura wetlands) use pandanus, sandbark and kurrajong fibres, spun and subtly coloured with natural dyes, to create exuberant and elegant pieces. The women’s fine techniques give rise to a variety of sculptural forms and textures which lay witness to the long and powerful cultural continuity.

This exhibition includes pieces by Daphne Banyawarra, Delilah Lilipiyana, Linda Dalparri, Margaret Djarrbalabal Malibirr, Lisa Gurrulpa, Jordina Milibiwirri, Kathleen Malpamba, Evonne Munuyngu, Julie Djulibing Malibirr, Mary Dhapalany and Mary Rrikili. The plant materials are harvested from surrounding areas, then worked, treated and woven using knowledge passed on from their ancestors. For most pieces, the body of the weaving is made from pandanus which has to be hand stripped to remove the spikes that line the outside of the leaves. Bush string is used for binding, decorating and basket handles and can be made from Sand Palm, Kurrajong bark and Banyan bark. The plant materials are coloured using natural dyes made from fruits, roots, leaves and barks. Vibrant yellow is created by boiling the roots of the Morinda tree whilst Bloodroot grass is boiled for varying lengths of time to create pinks, purples and deep red colouring. Once the material is treated, the artists then weave objects such as mats, fish traps, batjbarra (water chestnut scoops) and mindirr (dilly bags). Through the creation of these works the Yolngu women connect with their community, histories and country creating beautiful objects and teaching future generations. The artists at Bula’bula are represented in collections nationally and internationally.

exhibition images

  • 1. $1,100 Delilah Lilipiyana - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 45cm diam. (inner), 120cm diam. (outer)

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  • 2. $1,100 Delilah Lilipiyana - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 44cm diam. (inner), 120cm diam. (outer)

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  • 3. $1,500 Margaret Djarrbalabal Malibirr - Woven mat - Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus),Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 78cm diam. (inner), 160cm diam. (outer)

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  • 4. $1,900 Kathleen Malpamba - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 102cm diam. (inner), 220cm diam. (outer)

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  • 5. $650 Julie Djulibing Malibirr - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 27 x 18 x 18cm

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  • 6. $600 Daphne Banyawarra - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 19 x 19 x 19cm

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  • 7. $750 Julie Djulibing Malibirr - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 35 x 26 x 26cm

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  • 8. $700 Jordina Milibiwirri - Bathi (Pandanus basket) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 17 x 33 x 17cm

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  • 9. $350 Jordina Milibiwirri - Bathi (Pandanus basket) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 19 x 16 x 13cm

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  • 10. $900 Jordina Milibiwirri - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 25 x 52 x 25cm

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  • 11. $1,500 Linda Dalparri - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 73cm diam. (inner), 333cm diam. (outer)

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  • 12. $2,300 Evonne Munuyngu - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 115cm diam. (inner), 235cm diam. (outer)

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  • 13. $2,000 Kathleen Malpamba - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 100 x 110cm (inner), 296cm diam. (outer)

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  • 14. $750 Julie Djulibing Malibirr - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 29 x 23 x 23cm

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  • 15. $750 Julie Djulibing Malibirr - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 34 x 24 x 24cm

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  • 16. $650 Daphne Banyawarra - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 20 x 20 x 20cm

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  • 17. $480 Daphne Banyawarra - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 15 x 15 x 15cm

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  • 18. $480 Daphne Banyawarra - Mindirr (Pandanus bag) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 15 x 15 x 15cm

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  • 19. $700 Mary Rrikili - Bathi (Pandanus basket) - Gunga (pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 14 x 37 x 25cm

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  • 20. $700 Jordina Milibiwirri - Bathi (Pandanus basket) - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 14 x 36 x 19cm

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  • 21. $4,800 Mary Dhapalany - Batjbarra - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 34 x 90 x 48cm

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  • 22. $2,500 Kathleen Malpamba - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 130cm diam. (inner), 296cm diam. (outer)

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  • 23. $580 Mary Dhapalany - Fish scoop - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 13 x 58 x 30cm

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  • 24. $580 Evonne Munuyngu - Dhawurr/Batjbarra fish trap - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 16 x 42 x 26cm

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  • 25. $280 Mary Dhapalany - Dhawurr/Batjbarra fish trap - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 10 x 31 x 13cm

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  • 26. $580 Evonne Munuyngu - Dhawurr/Batjbarra fish trap - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 13 x 55 x 16cm

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  • 27. $1,500 Linda Dalparri - Guyukam bathi - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis), Balgurr (Kurrajong - Brachychiton populneus) and natural dyes, 68 x 20 x 40cm

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  • 28. $1,100 Delilah Lilipiyana - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 48cm diam. (inner), 172cm diam. (outer)

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  • 29. $1,900 Lisa Gurrulpa - Woven mat - Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) and natural dyes, 92cm diam. (inner), 232cm diam. (outer)

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