Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery Silver Jubilee 2013

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery in Canberra will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee, celebrating 25 years in 2013, and in the same year Canberra will celebrate its Centenary of the founding of Canberra.

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery (ADG) was established in 1989 as one of the first Aboriginal Art galleries in the Canberra region, and incorporated the original collection of Aboriginal arts and crafts previously assembled by the Director, consisting predominately of Arnhem Land bark paintings and Hermannsburg watercolours. Her interest in Australian Aboriginal Arts stemmed from studies at Melbourne Ward’s ethnographic museum at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains in the 1940s, as well as visits to the Australian Museum in Sydney.

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye is recognised as one of Australia’s most important Aboriginal artists. She began painting late in life when she was in her 70s and earlier she participated in communal art activities.

Throughout the 1970s and the early 1980s, Emily’s art-making comprised the design and production of silk batik which was a communal activity in the Utopia Women's Batik Group, engaging the women of Utopia, north-east of Alice Springs in art and craft work. Batik was introduced to the community in the 1970s by the artist and linguist, Jenny Green who worked with the Anmatyerre and Alyawarre people, recording and noting their language, which remains intact.

Batik is a labour intensive, wax resist and dying process involving the application of hot wax designs on to fabric and separate dye bathing to produce various colours. It is a slow and involved process requiring skill and patience. Batik textiles have been a part of the artistic culture of Australia’s neighbour country Indonesia for many centuries and can be traced back to Asia over hundreds of years when India and Indonesia engaged in textile exchange.

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Michael Huddleston paints for Harley-Davidson

Michael Huddleston paints for Harley-Davidson at Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery


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Nigel Villiers, Harley-Davidson UK and Michael Huddleston, Michael with artwork painted for the Harley-Davidson jacket, Harley-Davidson riders at Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery

On 21 October 2012 Harley-Davidson Australia hosted a Show N' Shine display at Gold Creek Village. To mark the event, local Indigenous artist Michael Huddleston was engaged to paint a design for a special Harley-Davidson leather jacket which is currently touring the world and will later enter the collection of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as a part of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration.

Artist Michael Huddleston is pictured above with Nigel Villiers from Harley-Davidson UK wearing the Harley-Davidson jacket which will later go on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Michael's circular artwork for the jacket depicts a kangaroo and emu in rarrk (cross hatched design). Kangaroos and emus are important food sources for Aboriginal people, they are also motifs depicted on the Australian coat of arms.

Gold Creek Village roared with nearly 2,000 Harley-Davidson motor bikes converging for the event with riders from all regions of Australia as well as riders from the USA, Japan, Singapore and the UK.

Bringing Aboriginal art to Canberra for 25 years

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery is celebrating its 25th birthday, our Silver Jubilee and at the same time, Canberra marks its 100th birthday (Centenary of Canberra).

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery was established in1989 and has operated as a commercial gallery, specialising in Australian Aboriginal art for nearly 25 years with extensive experience presenting Aboriginal art. Our staff are trusted industry professionals with formal qualifications and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The Gallery has an extensive collection of Aboriginal art from remote Aboriginal art regions including artworks from the Central and Western deserts, the Kimberley region, Tiwi Islands (Bathurst and Melville) and Arnhem Land. A feature of the Gallery's collection is the paintings by famous Aboriginal Old Masters comprising collectable artworks by Rover Thomas, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Jack Britten, Ada Bird Petyarre and Eunice Napangardi.

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