20 years of print production

9 June 2015 - 26 June 2015


Printing of the Yirritja ga Dhuwa Linocut Panels 1998
Printing of the Yirritja ga Dhuwa Linocut Panels 1998

To celebrate the last 20 years of print production onsite at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, the Yirrkala Print Studio will exhibit in partnership with the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in Adelaide. The retrospective exhibition will celebrate the artists who have worked and produced prints at the studio including award winners such as Djambawa Marawili, Banduk Marika and Naminapu Maymuru-White.

Yirrkala Print Space has given Yolngu artists a space to come and enrich their artistic endeavours while learning new techniques and enhancing their skills and knowledge of non-traditional techniques and mediums. This platform that the studio provides has been the home of important bodies of work including the 2012 Seven Sisters Suite and the 1998 Yirritja ga Dhuwa Linocut Panels, both in the NGA Collection.

Cross-cultural projects Djalkiri, Midawarr and Landmarks allowed for cross-pollination of cultures and artistic dialogue. Yolngu youth at risk of anti-social behaviour engaged with projects Young Ones (2010) and Yuta (2012). Here the youth embraced digital technology and new subject matter and visually voiced their perspective on their modern lives as they clash with their traditional belief – an important issue for Indigenous youth today.

The prints went on to be exhibited nationally and internationally and covered by publications such as UNESCO e-Journal. Yirrkala Print Space has seen Yolngu artists embrace a variety of printing techniques and mediums with enthusiasm and proficiency.

The celebratory exhibition will give all who have been involved in Yirrkala Print Space over 20 years - who have worked hard to ensure its success and who have never waived in their belief that such an entity can exist and be successful - the chance to contemplate and reflect on their efforts.

For those who contributed so significantly but are no longer around it provides an opportunity to honour and respect their involvement. And for those still working hard, the chance to share their achievements with a new audience and inspire others to believe in themselves and show that self-empowerment is possible no matter who or where you are. - See more at:


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