Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars

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Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars
L-R: artists Ronnie Douglas, Brenton Ken, Willy Kaika Burton, Mick Wikilyiri and Ray Ken

More than 100 artists and 70 works feature in this showcase of Indigenous art from central Australia

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in central Australia (in northernmost South Australia near the border with the Northern Territory and Western Australia) are are wellspring of Indigenous art that has turned out some of the best-known contemporary Indigenous artists – including Hector Burton, 'Ruby' Kunmanara Williamson and Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson.

The artmaking in the region is focused around seven art centres entirely owned and operated by Indigenous artists: Iwantja Arts, Mimili Maku Arts, Kaltjiti Arts, Ernabella Arts, Tjala Arts, Tjungu Palya, and Ninuku Arts. 

Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars features new and commissioned paintings, sculptures and textiles from artists working out of those centres, including Dickie Minyintiri, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Tjungkara Ken, Tiger Palpatja, Wingu Tingima, Hector Burton, Nellie Stewart, Harry Tjutjuna, Jimmy Donegan, Sandy Brumby, Tjampawa Katie Kawiny, Sylvia Ken, Ngupulya Pumani and Taylor Cooper.

Highlights include two large scale collaborative paintings made by artists from all seven art centres – one by a women's collective, the other by a men's collective.

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