Strong Women, Strong Painting, Strong Culture

Ruby Tjangawa WILLIAMSON (b.1940), Pitjantjatjara people, Puli Murpu – Mountain Range 2010, acrylic on linen 1980 x 1525 mm; Painted at Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia; Image courtesy of the artist and Tjala Arts. Nyanu Watson (b.1951), Waru (Black-footed Rock Wallaby) 2011, acrylic on linen 910 x 610 mm; Painted at Ninuku Arts, Kalka, South Australia; Images courtesy of the artist and Ninuku Arts.

12 January - 17 March 2013

A ground-breaking exhibition of Indigenous women’s contemporary art from the Central and Western Deserts, the exhibition was curated to celebrate the Centenary of International Women’s Day in 2011 by local Hunter collectors and curators Deborah Sims and Matt Dickson.

Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture features a vibrant, colourful and energetic mix of contemporary acrylics on canvas, fibre art, textile art, carving, etching and more. The exhibition has been touring to venues throughout the state and will go on to tour to South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and regional NSW.

A full program of public events will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition, including curators talks and special guest lectures, and a program of events on International Women’s Day itself. Details will be made available when confirmed.

STOP PRESS: Join us on Australia Day, Saturday 26th January, at midday, for a curator's floor talk by Deborah Sims, who'll give us her personal insight into the artworks on display and the stories of the women who made them. Entry is free.

“Women’s art always strikes a deeply resonant chord, and I think this exhibition in particular will be seen as a landmark”, said Virginia Mitchell, Director of the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, where the exhibition was first shown. “This is the first time an Australian exhibition has focused on the work and leadership role of our strong desert women artists”.