Arlpwe Arts and Culture Centre and Modern Times are delighted to present Ingkerr-enheng (pronounced ing-gudda-gun), an exhibition showcasing the next generation of emerging Indigenous artists from Ali Currung and surrounds. Ingkerr-engheng translates to ‘all together’, this exhibition celebrating a collective of First Nations women who have come together to present a series of their work inspired by the country that surrounds them.

 

"This painting it's about, you standing on the ground, looking at the big picture of river, creek, hills, mountain, floodways and sandhills... But when you up in the Qantas plane, you look down, to see how they look from above. It's different from the land, what you see," - Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Arlpwe (pronounced ahl-boa) is based in Ali Curung, a small remote community north of Alice Springs, NT. Arlpwe acts as the beating heart for this community, providing support to local artists, and bringing together people from the Kayteye, AIyawarr, Walpiri and Waramungu nations.

The Arlpwe x Modern Times exhibition will showcase six emerging artists from five language groups; Maria Napanggka Dickenson, Martha Nakamarra Poulson, Nancy Nungarrayi Long, Rachel Nangala Rankine, Sarah Holmes Nabangardi, and Taylor Thompson.

The studio is a place where families come together and it is not uncommon for three generations to share a space in the studio, while a fourth watches on or plays among the studio grounds.”
— Harry, Arlpwe Arts and Culture Centre manager.
"These are the spinifex bushes in all of their colours. Out on the sandy country," - Rachel Nangala Rankine.

These works all draw from a deep knowledge of country, native flora and generations of shared oral histories and traditional knowledge; still present at the art centre today. Despite this shared influence, all the artists have invented their own distinct styles, fuelled by an eagerness to experiment and a healthy dose of competition! Martha Poulson’s landscapes have a loose sense of scale, employing big sweeping brush strokes that create a whimsical quality. Sarah Holmes’ perpetual fine lines track the movements of sand hills from an aerial perspective, similarly Maria Dickenson also depicts an aerial view, using dots to showcase thousands of titular Bush Seeds amongst the hills.

"This painting is about the bush medicines we collect for our family. We still do this today. We dig for it like yams and smash them up and boil them," - Nancy Nungarrayi Long

We’re so excited to present Ingkerr-enheng in collaboration with Arlpwe Arts and Culture Centre. This exhibition will be proudly displayed in our gallery from 23 March – 4 April. We look forward to welcoming you all to see it soon!

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