SALON Indigenous Art Projects

A new initiative between Paul Johnstone Gallery and Outstation Gallery in Darwin kicks off in the Northern Territory this month. ‘SALON Indigenous Art Projects’ is a venture developed by gallerists Johnstone and Matt Ward, aimed towards establishing specialised projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists within Australia and overseas.

Mulkun Wirrpanda, Gan’Karr (tectus pyramis – Pyramid Top Snail) (detail), 2018, ochre and fixative on bark. Courtesy the artist, Vickers Gallery, Northern Territory and SALON Indigenous Art Projects, Northern Territory

‘SALON’ presents six exhibitions across as many galleries with various pieces on show including finely detailed bark paintings, bold colourfield and traditional ochre works, as well as contemporary photography, film and glass, by emerging and established artists and Aboriginal art centres; Kaltjiti Arts, Ernabella Arts, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre and Spinifex Art Projects.

The program includes a solo exhibition by Barayuwa Munungurr at Searcy Street Gallery, also ‘Maypal: Shellfish of Arafura Coast’ by Mulkun Wirrpanda at Vickers Gallery, and Pepai Carroll’s exhibition at Outstation Gallery, from 1 to 30 August. Opening on 8 August at Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, is the sixth annual ‘Salon des Refusé’ a display of entries not selected for the National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), on until 6 October. Then from 10 to 20 August, Tactile Arts presents artist Mick Rictor, and Paul Johnstone Gallery exhibits Taylor Cooper and Wititji George, from 10 to 25 August.

This project showcases artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia, Arnhem Land, Central Australia, Tjuntjuntjara in the Great Victorian Desert, and other regions throughout Australia.