Dual exhibition showcases diversity and innovation 


Julie Nangala Robinson, Pirlinyanu 2010, etching, 59 x 45cm. Collaborator: Jacqueline F Gribbin, Northern Editions.

Some of Australia’s most prominent collectors, curators and artists will converge on Charles Darwin University for the opening two exhibitions of Indigenous art.

Charles Darwin University’s Northern Editions will officially launch concurrent printmaking exhibitions Tiwi Shima and Nexus on Saturday, 14 August 2010, as part of the Darwin Festival program.

The shows will be opened by CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership Professor Steven Larkin.

Manager of Northern Editions, Emma Fowler-Thomason said it was a huge achievement for the institution and Northern Editions to attract such outstanding artists and create such a strong body of work.

“These exhibitions have been planned to coincide with this year’s Darwin Festival and the quality of the artworks reflects the diversity and innovation with which the artists and Northern Editions has become synonymous,” she said.

Meaning “Island” in Japanese, Tiwi Shima celebrates the combined creative printmaking talents of artists across the Tiwi Islands. For the first time, artists from all three art centres have created Japanese-style woodcut prints and have collaborated with Northern Editions to achieve remarkable new work.

A collaboration from Central Australia and Fiji, Nexus showcases new prints from renowned artist Dorothy Napangardi, her daughter Julie Nangala Robinson, Mitjili Napanangka (Central Australia) and Rusiate Lali (Fiji). Nexus is an inspiring selection of work revealing a depth of expression and style.

Both exhibitions will be showing from Monday, 9 August at Northern Editions, Building Orange 9, CDU’s Casuarina campus. An official opening event for both exhibitions will also be held on Saturday 14 August at 1pm and printmaking demonstrations at 11am and 12noon.