Groundswell: recent movements in art and territory

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  • Kapi Tjukurrpa
    Patricia Phillipus Nakamarra Kapi Tjukurrpa, 2019
    Acrylic on canvas
    152 x 91cm
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy of the Artist and Papunya Tjupi Arts

About the exhibition

With accelerating momentum, contemporary artists are shifting the conceptual focus of their practices to address the intensifying crisis of Australia’s diminishing water supply. Alongside scientists and environmentalists, artists have historically presented as some of the first responders to this crisis, bearing witness to its effects through creative expression. Groundswell: Recent movements within art and territory showcases a selection of powerful reactions with particular focus on creeping changes to the Northern Territory’s water supply. It charts these changes by grouping artistic responses thematically into the prevailing resource issues of Access, Contamination, Scarcity and Culture.

Diverse in aesthetic beauty but united in unambiguous concern for country, Groundswell showcases works of formidable creativity and palpable substance. For this reason, its significance does not lie solely in its lucid demands but lies equally within its art historical context. Through these works we can identify the compelling first steps of an artistic movement in its own right. As streams form rivers, individual artworks combine to form a collective force. A groundswell has occurred.

Artists and Curator

Carmen Ansaldo

Jacky Green, Lee Harrop, Melanie Robson, June Mills, Kelle Lee Hickey, Niall Barrington, Winsome Jobling, Sarah Pirrie, Nadine Lee, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Niall Barrington, Lindy Brodie, Jonathon World Peach Bush, Aly de Groot, Jeremiah Garlngarr, Tarzan Junglequeen, Maicie Lalrara, June Mills, Patricial Phillipus Nakamarra Andrick Ross and Jenny Taylor. 

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
14/05/2022 - 31/12/2023
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
$3,000 (inc. freight)
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Accompanying materials available
Digital Catalogue, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Signage
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