Midawarr | Harvest

National Exhibition Register

  • Midawarr | Harvest installation view
    Midawarr | Harvest installation view, 2017
    Image Credit
    Photo: Jason McCarthy, National Museum of Australia

About the exhibition

Midawarr | Harvest explores the plants of the Dhudi-Djapu clan lands of East Arnhem Land north-east Arnhem Land through  stunning artworks by Yolngu elder Mulkun Wirrpanda and internationally recognised landscape painter John Wolseley.

The works of these two artists, both at the peak of their careers, reflect a remarkable relationship built on cross-cultural collaboration; a relationship that ushers in a new phase of Australian landscape painting. Their collaboration has resulted in a body of artworks including bark paintings, larrakitj (decorated memorial poles), printmaking and a monumental watercolour and mixed media painting.

The contrast between the featured works of art from a senior Indigenous and a senior non-Indigenous artist presents two different but complementary world views of a unique bio diverse region of Australia. It encourages the visitor to think about the way we connect, use, value and understand our environment, considering issues of biodiversity, sustainability, and landscape.

Midawarr | Harvest will inspire the viewer to understand alternative modes of representing country, explore Yolngu relationships with the land and its capacity to provide for and nourish life and reintroduce new ‘old’ ways of thinking about the environment.

This National Museum of Australia exhibition also features immersive multimedia experiences created by the Yolngu community to give visitors insights into the special relationship between these two artists, and ancient Yolngu knowledge of sustainable living.

A beautiful book title, Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley, has been specially published in support of this exhibition. For more information see http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/midawarr-harvest/book


Artists and Curator

Andy Greenslade

Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/03/2019 - 01/03/2020
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Museum of Australia
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
Audio Visual material including filmed footage and soundscape. Publication, Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley.
Primary contact
Catherine Czerw
Travelling Exhibitions Officer - Exhibition Projects and Interpretation
National Museum of Autralia
02 6208 5047
Secondary contact
Vicki Northey
02 6208 5455
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.