Waringarri Aboriginal Arts
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Ben Ward was presented at the Melbourne Art Fair in February as part of the Fair's inaugral Indigenous Art Centre Program. The artist's work was received with great interest and praise along with his ceramic boab nut pieces.  Melbourne audiences were mainly unfamiliar with Ward's work and were intrigued by the use of triangular motifs to map Country. Alongside his powerful paintings, slip cast porcelain objects in the shape of boab nuts decorated with his abstracted triangular designs were displayed.  These beautiful objects are made on site at Waringarri Arts by artists and studio technicians.  The range will be available in the coming months.
Photos courtesy Short St Gallery.
Kira Kiro Artist Clarrie Djanghara's first solo exhibition was presented in March at Short St Gallery, Broome.  Wandjina and the Wunggurr: Dreamtime Creators of the Land and Water, featured 20 works at the iconic gallery space in China Town.  The artist reveals his deep knowledge of his culture through the numerous depictions of the Wandjina and the Wungurr or water snake, the Gwion Gwion figures, naughty spirits, bush women, running men, stick men, animals and bush foods.  The richly ochre painted works reference rock art sites which the artist is intimately connected to.  We are thrilled Short St Gallery are supporting the continual development of Clarrie Djanghara through the annual presentation of his works.
REVEALED @ Fremantle Art Centre is back with an on-line market and physical exhibition.  Waringarri Arts is proud to present three artists for the exhibition: David Brown, Desma Mengil, and Richard Wilson. The exhibition showcases the best new talent from around Western Australia and is an opportunity for these artists to exhibit their work outside of the Kimberley for the very first time. All exhibiting works are for sale.  Download the catalogue here.
If you're looking for affordable and fabulous Indigenous art from WA, REVEALED on-line market is the best place to start, commencing tomorrow and running until 5:00pm on Sun 29 May.  Both Waringarri Arts and Kira Kiro Artists have their own virtual booth so register NOW for entry.  

Photos courtesy Ben Searcy and Sia Duff.
Congratulations to our NATSIAA finalists Peggy Griffiths, Louise Malarvie, and Angelina Karadada.  The opening night and finalist announcement on 5 Aug is an important event of the Darwin Festival calendar, with the opening scheduled during the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair which returns this year in both physical and on-line capacity.
Congratulations is also due to Jan Griffiths, who has been selected for The Churchie award for emerging artists.  The long standing award running in its 35th year features mainly non-Indigenous artists and will be held at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. It will be a great opportunity for Jan's work to be exhibited alongside her contemporaries from 20 July - 1 Oct.

Finally we congratulate David Brown, Clarrie Djanghara, and Veronica Djanghara for their successful entries in the Jury Art Prize exhibiting from 21 May- 31 July  at the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland.  The emerging artist award provides a great opportunity for new artists to exhibit their work and gain recognition within Western Australia.

Coming soon...
Walmajarri and Pintupi artist David Brown has proven his talent at Waringarri Arts having recently joined the art centre since moving permanently to Kununurra late last year.  Since it's inception, Waringarri, meaning big mob, has welcomed the diaspora of Indigenous language groups to the centre in order to create art and maintain culture. David Brown is one such artist and having demonstrated his commitment to his arts practice, he has secured a solo exhibition at Cooee Art in Redfern, Sydney. The exhibition titled Ngamaku Tarrika – For Mother and Father opens on 9 June showcasing landscapes of both his parent's Country of Mulan on his mother's side and Kiwirrkurra on his father's side.  Rich in detail, perspective, story and love for Country, the works are simultaneously beautiful landscapes and important Dreaming sites. David will be travelling to Sydney to attend the opening and we encourage our Sydney customers to attend.  For more information please contact Cooee Art.
Brenda Ningarmara holding stones from her Country of Woorre-woorrem.  Photo courtesy Sarah Duguid.
Louise Malarvie and Brenda Ningarmara's latest pieces feature at Mossenson Galleries in Subiaco for Pamarr Yara,  Gerany - Pretty Rocks.  The exhibition is a joyous celebration of ochre paintings representing the stones and pebbles of their Country.   Malarvie continues to explore colour and movement as water transforms her desert Country of Mulan.  Brenda Ningarama's bold works on paper and canvas are dedicated to stoney Miriwoong Country, as handed down to her by her mother.  For more information please visit Mossenson Galleries.
New Products
Flash Minky throws: left to right Betty Bundamurra, Ben Ward, Louise Malarvie.  Courtesy Sarah Landro.

A number of our artists' works are now reproduced into beautiful throws.  WA brand Flash Minky has brought out their Waringarri Arts range featuring the work of Ben Ward, Peggy Griffiths, Minnie Lumai, Dora Griffiths, Betty Bundamurra and Louise Malarvie.  These luxurious throws are woven in the US using recycled cotton.   The perfect gift for the home now that the winter months are approaching.  Available now on our on-line SHOP.

Slip cast porcelain boab nuts by Ben Ward.
Stay tuned for our upcoming range of ceramic boab nuts!  Currently these unique objects involve several artists who have carved their design into the slip cast moulds. Continuing on from our white aluminium boab series, these objects celebrate our artist's work and the tradition of boab engraving through an exciting new medium while also providing on-site employment for Indigenous studio technicians. 
New Works
Jerita Mengil, Binjim - Bucket Springs, 2022, natural pigment on paper, 57x76cm - $750
David Brown, Walawala, 2022, natural pigment on canvas, 60 x 60cm, $500
Clarrie Djanghara, Images of Wandjina, 2022, natural pigment on canvas, 60 x 60cm, $800
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Gathering the gifts of nature and learning cultural practice inspires beautiful designs in textiles and homewares.
The Waringarri Textiles Project engages young women in cultural practice to share knowledge, learn new skills and to develop their potential.  Supported by elders this project supports young women with cultural traditions such as bush food knowledge and collection which inspires their beautiful designs for textiles and homewares.  These unique and beautiful creations directly support the well-being and economic livelihood of Indigenous women.
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