Our first exhibition at the Niche Markets at Fyshwick Markets is Seven Sisters, an exhition of artworks from Ninuku Arts in Kalka, South Australia.
Ninuku is a wholly-Indigenous owned and governed Art Centre which supports artists from two communities - Pipalyatjara and Kalka. Each community has a population of around 100-150 Anangu and the majority are Pitjantjatjara speakers – Anangu simply means ‘people’ in Pitjantjatjara. Both communities are located in the far north-western corner of South Australia, near the tri-state border of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. The two communities, fourteen kilometres apart, are surrounded by the rolling, rocky hills of the Tomkinson Ranges and are part of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
Both Kalka and Pipalyatjara are peaceful places. This is a result of strong governance, cultural engagement and pride among local Anangu.
Ninuku Arts supports local culture, the development of employment opportunities, and the ethical production and sales of paintings.
Yaritji Connelly, Senior Artist and Co-Founding Director, Ninuku Arts, says:
“Ninunya mulapa minyma Tjukuritja, palupalanguru kurunpa mukuringanyi pulkara”
Our spirits have a deep attachment to the Bilby. The Bilby Woman is our true creation ancestor and this means we have a need for her in our spirit and soul.
Image: Jennifer Mitchell, Seven Sisters Story, 76 x 77 cm, Acrylic on Canvas.