Join us this NAIDOC Week to experience a series of spectacular illuminations on the National Carillon.
The projections will feature artworks and designs from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists participating in the AIATSIS online Indigenous Art Market.
This year’s NAIDOC theme Always Was, Always Will Be reinforces the strength and resilience of First Nations Peoples to survive and thrive.
The illuminations will be visible from the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and on Aspen Island throughout NAIDOC Week; only the second event where projections have featured on the iconic building, with the last one being National Reconciliation Week earlier this year. We encourage you to see the show in person, follow the action on our online channels and share content using the hashtag #IAMaiatsis
Indigenous artworks will be available online to purchase throughout NAIDOC Week from hundreds of Indigenous artists and art centres from around Australia.
This event has now concluded.
The National Carillon, Aspen Island, Lake Burley Griffin. Canberra, ACT.
Illuminations nightly from 7:45pm - midnight.
2020 NATIONAL NAIDOC POSTER
GAPUWIYAK CULTURE AND ARTS, NT
Yolnju Art from East Arnhemland.
Gurruwiling (Arafura Swamp) - Harry Guyibirrirr
Harry Guyibirrirr’s mother was Florence M. Wananpuyngu a famous weaver from Gapuwiyak and his father was Ian W. Malibirr a well-known painter and carver. Harry lives in Gapuwiyak with many of his brothers and sisters and his mom's sister who he also calls mother.
IKUNTJI ARTISTS, NT
The first art centre established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement.
Puli Puli, Rocks - Keturah Zimran
This painting depicts the puli puli (rocks) at two different sites. Keturah Zimran paints the landscapes at Haasts Bluff where she grew up and also at Karrkurrutintja (Lake Mcdonald in Pintupi). Karrkurrutintja country is an important site of the Pilkati (snake) Tjukurrpa (dreaming) of Kaniya Kutjarra (two carpet snakes, two brothers, two Tjangalas). Keturah’s distinctive and bold style has won her numerous art awards. Her work is now part of the Parliament House collection.
Pirrnpirrnga, Desert Bore - Ann Lane nee Dixon
Pirrnpirrnga depicts the ‘pin pin’ desert bore outstation near Kintore. This is Anne’s father’s Tjukurrpa and country. In the Tjukurrpa, the snakes are travelling around the sand hill country, looking for water. Ann was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Papunya. She predominantly paints the Tjukurrpa from her father’s country, Pirrnpirrnga - Desert Bore, depicting the surrounding tali tali (sand hills) with bold lines, overlayed with fine dot work in varying colours.
WARLUKURLANGU ARTISTS OF YUENDUMU, NT
Supporting the remote communities of Yuendumu and Nyirrip.
Napaljarri-warnu Jakurrpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) - Anthena Nangala Granites
Anthena Nangala Granites learning to paint by watching her mother, Garldine Napangardi Granits, sisters and grandmother, Alma Nungarrayi Granites. Anthena comes from a long line of well-known artists including her mother and Grandmother. Anthena paints Jukurrpa from mother’s side including Seven Sisters Dreaming and her father’s side Ngapa Jukurrpa, Water Dreaming.
Jurlpu (bird) species that live around Yuendumu - Wilma Napangardi Poulson
Wilma Napangardi Poulson has been painting with Warlukurlangu since 2004 and paints several dreaming. These Dreamings were passed down to her by her father and his father’s father for millennia. These stories relate to Wilma’s land, its features, the plants and animals that inhabit her country.
Jarntu or Maliki (dog) - Senita Napangardi Granites
Senita Napangardi Granites is part of the exciting new wave of talent emerging from the Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu. Senita employs bold colour combinations in her series ‘dogs that live in Yuendumu’ and also executives fine dot work in her series ‘Nguru Yurntumu-wana’ which depict the natural landscape around the Yuendumu community.
Iltja Ntjarra (MANY HANDS) Art Centre, NT
Namatjira School of Art.
Crows feeding on a dead kangaroo - Selma Coulthard Nunay
Selma Coulthard’s Aboriginal name is Nunay and she is from the Pertama Maduthara Luritja Tribe from Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs Station). Selma is an accomplished acrylic artist and only recently started painting in watercolor. I was taken to Ntaria (Hermannsburg) where I did my schooling. My love for art started there when I saw the Namatjira brothers doing their painting. No work is the same each piece is unique in its own right. I have always wanted to be an artist and I hope one day my work will be recognised.
Mt Giles, MacDonnell Ranges - Hubert Pareroultja
Western Aranda artist Hubert Pareroultja is the 2020 winner of the Art Gallery of NSW prestigious Wynne Prize for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours. Herbert prefers to paint in summer in the morning or late in the day when strong shadows define the landscape features. His work is a distinctive style in the tradition of the Hermannsburg school. Hubert says the Elders once told him, 'Look at the hills, we all paint them differently and you should have your own individual style, although the country is the same.'
LEAH BRIDESON, ACT
Water Illuminated - Leah Brideson
Born in Canberra, Leah Brideson is a Kamilaroi woman from her Grandmother’s country in the Gunnedah region. Leah is a self-taught contemporary artist and has been painting professionally since 2013. Water Illuminated is a representation of the flow of water on country. The sun rays enlighten the ripples of the water and the underlying texture of country as the water flows through.
Always Connected - Leah Brideson
'Always Connected is a representation of the connection between my siblings from childhood to adulthood and beyond. In one word, my relationship and connections between myself and my siblings is "colourful". Although we are on our own journeys with our own families, we are always connected.'
MUNUPI ARTS AND CRAFT CENTRE, NT
Giving local artists an opportunity to proudly celebrate Tiwi culture.
Kulama Design - Andre Tipungwuti
The Kulama design depicts this important ceremony of the Tiwi people; the dancers and singers create a circle and prepare the poisonous yam for eating, as indicated by the circles in the painting. The Kulama ceremony was given to the Tiwi people by the Nyingawi, who are little spirit people (as depicted in Tiwi mythology).
Pwoja Jilamara - Paulina Puruntatameri (Jedda)
Paulina Puruntatameri or Jedda is the Chairperson of Munupi Arts and Craft Centre who started painting only 3 years ago. Jedda loves preserving her culture and her passion is digital archiving and repatriation of our old artifacts taken from the Tiwi Islands.
Pupuni Jilamara - Carol Puruntatameri
Carol Puruntatameri says “when the old man, my father’s brother, did painting he brought all us children and grandchildren to the art centre teaching us to carry on. I used to watch my father painting Pukumani poles and during Kuluma ceremony he was painting his body by holding the mirror.
TIWI DESIGN, NT
One of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia
Bima - Maria Josette Orsto
Maria Josette Orsto was the first female Tiwi artist be an official member of Tiwi Design. Maria is the daughter of renowned Tiwi artists Declan Apuatii and Jean Baptiste Apuatimi and is herself a renowned artist work and her worksinlude ochre and acrylic on canvas, and wood sculpture.
WARNAYAKA ART, NT
Traditional Stores by Warlpiri People.
Seed and Sand Snake Dreaming - Molly Jinjingarli Tasman
Molly Jinjingarli Tasman grew up in the the Tanami Desert and lived a traditional lifestyle at Mt Doree, Yarturlu-yarturlu and Yurrampi. Molly is dedicated to the preservation of her culture and works tirelessly to this end and has been teaching children in school bilingual education programs for many years. She loves to paint and finds a lot of freedom in this form of expression, showing her gentle feminine personality in her work. Her art has been featured in exhibitions all over Australia since 1992.
Bush Tomato Dreaming - Ursula Napangardi Marks
Ursula Napangardi Marks is a young artist following in the traditions of the Warlpiri people. Napangardi’s art can be complex or very simple. Her art depicts Jukurrpa Dreaming stories, containing information about the creation of the landscape, knowledge of resources and Warlpiri law or an aspect of Jukurrpa. She is a lady who has been in the most important ceremonies for Warlpiri women, including her sons' and nephews' ceremonies.
WEI'NUM ARTS AND CRAFTS, QLD
Indigenous art created by artists of Western Cape York.
Roomu - Daphne De Jersey
Mother of seven and grandmother to 5 children, Daphne has always been an artistic individual, leaning more towards the tactile ceramics field as a student in secondary school and coming to find her painting ability in 2004. Her inspiration comes from many places including her own life experiences and events, coupled with her knowledge of bush food which was passed down to her from her mother, and is a signature representation in her works. Daphne’s mother’s own personal story of growing up on the mission also inspires Daphne’s paintings, as well as her grandmother, a child of the stolen generations. With vibrant colours and striking technique, Daphne’s passion and creativity is apparent in each of her contemporary paintings.
Connected - Margaret Mara
As a mother of eight and grandmother to eleven, Margaret's painting ability is coupled with a talent for time management. Working around a busy schedule, Margaret produces a steady flow of paintings for scheduled shows. In 2005, after becoming frustrated and unsatisfied with painting realistically, Margaret found comfort with a more contemporary and abstract style. Drawing inspiration from the immediate events in her life, Margaret reflects on many other areas for inspiration; the environment, family stories, living in the Cape, emotions and anything else that has a direct effect on her as an individual.
GILLAWARRA ARTS, NSW
Creating jewellery for women and men to feel strength, connected and empowered.
Saltwater River - Krystal Hurst
Krystal Hurst is a Worimi Artist and Creative Director of Gillawarra Arts, originating from Taree on NSW’s mid north coast. She is a jewellery designer, painter, printmaker and workshop facilitator whose arts practice is centred on ‘a way of being’ while reinvigorating and strengthening culture.