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Seven Sisters


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Barrupu Yunupingu ; Dhopiya Yunupingu ; Dorothy Djakanngu Yunupingu ; Gulumbu Yunupingu (dec) ; Djerrkngu Yunupingu ; Nyapanyapa Yunupingu ; Ranydjupi Yunupingu; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).



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THE PROJECT Seven Sisters celebrates the ancestry of the seven Yunupingu sisters. The sisters come from Nhulunbuy in North-east Arnhem Land. Their clan is Gumatj. Their father is Munggurrawuy Yunupingu (deceased), former tribal leader of the Gumatj people of Yirrkala. He was a politician, a singer, dancer and an artist. The Yunupingu family has also distinguished themselves as Yolngu leaders in politics and the arts. Other siblings include Australians of the Year Galarrwuy and Mandawuy Yunupingu. The aim of the Seven Sisters project was to produce seven individual artworks and one collaborative piece. Basil Hall Editions and the printmakers at Yirrkala - Annie Studd, Ruby Alderton, Dhapanbal Yunupingu and Barrata Marika co-ordinated the etching process and aided the sisters in developing their etching plates. The works have been editioned at Basil Hall Editions in Darwin The project ran for one week in October 2011 when the seven sisters came to the courtyard at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and worked everyday. The printmakers etched the plates in acid and produced working prints for the artists to approve. On the morning of the first day the sisters came together and talked the story of the Seven Sisters, the constellation in the sky. This was filmed by The Mulka Project. The story has importance to the Yunupingu sisters as to all Yolngu. Using this as inspiration the artists were each give a single square of acetate and paint and sent to different corners of the art centre. There they each individually - and without any influence from their sisters - painted a single star. The variation in the stars is at once both remarkable and lovely. The seven stars individually fashioned were combined for the collaborative plate. Gulumbu, Barrupu, Dhopiya, Djakanngu and Nyapanyapa in the courtyard The seven stars drying in the sun