Being Tiwi

Being Tiwi celebrates the vitality of nine contemporary artists living and working on the Tiwi Islands. The exhibition showcases work by artists from across generations and from all three major art centres on Bathurst and Melville Islands. Their expressive and experimental work continues to realise in different forms the Tiwi traditions of life and culture.

Art Exhibition previously on at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in New South Wales, Australia.
From Monday 21 December 2015 to Sunday 21 February 2016

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Published by M.C.A. on Thursday 03 September 2015.
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Being Tiwi begins with the first prints ever produced at Tiwi Design from the MCA Collection. The exhibition also includes a selection of works on paper newly acquired for the MCA Collection along with new works commissioned especially for the exhibition.

Located approximately 80km north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, the art of the Tiwi Islands, which encompass Bathurst and Melville Islands, is unique as a regional style. It differs greatly from the well-known artistic styles employed from neighbouring regions on the mainland including West Arnhem Land.

Artists from all three art centres are represented through the work of Pedro Wonaeamirri, Timothy Cook, Raelene Kerinauia from Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association; Maria Josette Orsto from Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation; Cornelia Tipuamantumirri, Nina Puruntatameri from Munupi Arts & Crafts Association; and senior artist Bede Tungutalum, founding member of Tiwi Design and now working independently on Bathurst Island.

Being Tiwi is curated by Senior Curator, Natasha Bullock and Curator Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Programs, Keith Munro.