Treasures revealed here in Darwin 


For those who love limited edition prints, there’s a real treasure chest about to open at Northern Editions.

Northern Editions, northern Australia’s oldest and largest producer of limited prints, will open its first exhibition and selling show this Thursday 23 February at 5.30pm.

The exhibition titled cross-section unearths a tantalising range of prints from the Northern Editions’ stockroom. The show has been thoughtfully co-curated by Anne Chivas (Gallery Manager, Northern Editions) and Anita Angel (Curator, CDU Art Collection).

Anne Chivas says that the exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of works produced at Northern Editions.

“This exhibition brings to light a selection of prints produced over an eight year period of Northern Editions’ history. Many of these works have been hidden away in our stockroom drawers for a number of years, so it is wonderful to put some of these treasures on display”.

“In some cases it is the last remaining print left in the edition. It may be the final opportunity for people to see these exquisite prints before they are purchased by collectors".

Many of the artists appearing in the exhibition have work in major public and private collections, both in Australia and internationally. They are also represented in the Charles Darwin University Art Collection - the second largest collection of limited edition Indigenous prints in the world.

Spanning eight years of Northern Editions’ thirteen-year history (1993 - present), the exhibition comprises 31 limited edition prints dated between 1997 and 2004, by 21 respected and accomplished artists from remote Northern Territory and Western Australian Indigenous communities in Yuendumu, Maningrida, Ramingining, the Tiwi Islands, Daly River and Balgo Hills, as well as resident and visiting artists from south-eastern Australia, the Philippines and China. Two current and seven former Northern Editions printmakers who collaborated with participating artists, and editioned their prints, are also represented.

This exhibition reflects the long-standing partnership between the Charles Darwin University Art Collection - as beneficiary of Northern Editions’ print archive since 1993 - and Northern Editions Printmaking Studio. In 2006, both Northern Editions and the University Art Collection continue to work co-operatively in documenting, cataloguing, displaying and providing access to prints, and promoting the importance of printmaking as an ever-evolving, contemporary art practice in the Northern Territory and beyond.

Title: cross-section – a collection of prints from the stockroom
Dates: Tuesday 21 Feb to Friday 7 April 2006 (opening 5.30pm on Thursday 23 February)
Opening times: 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, or by appointment
Location: Northern Editions, Building 33, Casuarina campus, CDU

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Artists represented:

Warlukurlangu Artists, Yuendumu, NT
The late Darby Jampijinpa Ross
Uni Nampijinpa Martin
Shorty Jangala Robertson

Warlayirti Arts, Balgo, WA
Eubena Nampitjin
Helicopter Joe Tjungurrayi
The late Lucy Yukenbarri
Elizabeth Nyumi

Maningrida Arts & Culture, NT
The late Lena Kuriniya – bought by Art Gallery NSW 
Mary Marabamba 
Deborah Wurrkidj 
Samantha Stewart

Former resident artists
Judy Watson (Waanyi, Qld)
Peter Adsett (NZ)

Munupi Arts & Crafts, Melville Island, NT 
Bima Woody 
Susan Wanji Wanji  
Marlene Minniecon 

Visiting artists
Yuan Mor’O Ocampo (Philippines)
Ding Yi (Shanghai, China)
Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri, NSW)

Merrepen Arts, Daly River, NT
Louise Pandella

Bula’bula Arts, Ramingining, NT
Philip Gudthaykudthay

Northern Editions printmakers represented


  • Jacinta Numina-Waugh (Printmaker, Northern Editions; graduate of CDU)
  • Leon Stainer (Printmaker, Northern Editions; CDU Remote Area VET Printmaking lecturer; graduate of CDU)


  • Dian Darmansjah (Print Workshop/Editioning Manager; CDU lecturer/tutor in Printmaking)
  • Monique Auricchio (Print Workshop/Editioning Manager and Printmaker)
  • Basil Hall (Print Workshop/Editioning Manager; CDU lecturer in Printmaking)
  • Michael Roseth (Printmaker)
  • Simon White (Printmaker)
  • Jo Diggens (Printmaker)
  • Merran Sierakowski (Printmaker)