Three Echoes - Western Desert Art

10/09/2022 - 28/02/2026

  • Mereenie Range with Sacred Tree and Snake
    Long Tom Tjapanangka (born 1929 – 2006) Pintupi/Ngaatjatjarra language groups Mereenie Range with Sacred Tree and Snake , 1996
    acrylic on linen
    152 x 198 cm
    Image Credit
    Photograph by Mark Ashkanasy. © the artist l Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

About the exhibition

Curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA, Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is a stunning exhibition exploring the poetic notion of echoes – how metaphorically and metaphonically we can echo a thought, a sentiment or a consciousness. In the 1970s Australian Aboriginal people from the desert began talking to the world through art, transferring their creation stories of the land and people to canvas. Now in the 2020s, this foundational echo is going back and forth. No longer a one-sided, outward calling, it reverberates multi-dimensionally within wider Australian and global communities.

About the artists

Eunice Napanangka Jack, Coral Napurrula, Marlee Napurrula, Katungka Napanangka, Narputta Nangala Jugadai, Daisy Napaltjarri Jugadai, Mitjili Napurrula, Alice Nampitjinpa, Long Tom Tjapanangka, Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) Tjungurrayi, Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, Dr George Tjapaltjarri, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka, Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, George Tjungurrayi, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Willie Tjungurrayi, Nolan Tjapangati, Ray James Tjangala, Charlie Ward Tjakamarra, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Maudie Petersen Nungurrayi, Takariya Napaltjarri, Yinarupa Nangala, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Makinti Napanangka, Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa, Tatali Nangala, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, Walangkura Napanangka, Pantjiya Nungurrayi, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra, David Ross Pwerle, Charlie Jones Petyarre, Terry Rumble Petyarre, Ollie Kemarre, Edie Holmes Akemarr (Kemarre), Wendy Mbitjana, Gloria Petyarre, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gladdy Kemarre, Lena Pwerle, Rosie Pwerle, Polly Nelson Ngale, Nora Petyarre, Gloria Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre, Rosemary Petyarre, Jeannie Pwerle, Joy Petyarre, Hilda Pwerle and Lena Skinner.

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Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Karin Schack and Andrew Arnott, and curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its Visions of Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. Museums & Galleries Queensland is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.