Danie Mellor: The pleasure and vexation of history

A striking drawing in blue wax pastel by Mackay-born Danie Mellor explores the complex, often troubling intersections between Indigenous and frontier histories, and brings to light the complicated narratives of Australia’s colonial past. The pleasure and vexation of history 2017 is reminiscent of a tropical paradise — an idyll of tranquillity. Skilfully hand-drawn, and based…

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists: Soft sculptures

These colourful and whimsical soft sculptures were created by women from the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, an Indigenous art enterprise near Alice Springs. We delve into the origins of these remarkable creatures, as well as the positive impact that making art has had on the local community. Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, an Indigenous art enterprise in Yarrenyty…

‘Skullcap’ honours Aboriginal servicemen

Shirley Macnamara lives outside Mt Isa in central Queensland where she runs a thriving cattle property with her son, and is also immersed in her family’s cultural and political research. In 2013 Macnamara began to make skullcaps, reminiscent of a customary funerary practice for some Aboriginal women where their heads were plastered with white clay…

Mavis Ngallametta found a new home in her painting

An elder of the Putch clan and a cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people of Aurukun, Mavis Ngallametta (1944–2019) was one of the most well-regarded senior community-based artists in Australia. She made a profound contribution to arts and culture nationally before her passing last year. RELATED: Mavis Ngallametta SIGN UP NOW: Subscribe to…

Mavis Ngallametta: Show me the way to go home

Respected elder and senior painter Mavis Ngallametta (1944–2019) passed away mere months after QAGOMA confirmed her solo exhibition for 2020. True to her generous character and larger-than-life personality, Mrs Ngallametta was determined for the show to go on, even as her health declined. In late October 2019, the artist’s friend and artistic advisor, Gina Allain,…