Barry Kantilla

Barry Kantilla @ Charles Darwin University Art Gallery Exhibition – Ngaruwanajirri: Helping one another

10 August – 21 October 2011

Ngaruwanajirri is located at Wurrumiyanga‘Ngaruwanajirri’ means ‘helping one another’ in Tiwi. The art workshop has been operating in its present location at the Keeping House since August 1994. It is an historic building that features impressive murals across the ceiling, measuring ten metres by two metres in panels. The Keeping House is an airy, light-filled, inspiring space for creating art.

It was originally set up for disabled Tiwi residents but now includes all artists, with the original artists working with traditional wood carvers. Art created includes natural ochre paintings on paper and canvas, batik on silk, lino prints on paper and fabric and ironwood carvings. Many paintings and carvings from Ngaruwanajirri, including tutini poles for Pukumani ceremonies, have been exhibited in Darwin, interstate and overseas. Works reside in private collections and art galleries both nationally and internationally.

Represented artists include: Lorna Kantilla, Estelle Munkanome, Alfonso Puautjimi, Lillian Kerinauia, Barry Kantilla, Francis Kerinauia, Thomas Munkanome, Jane Tipuamantumirri.