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Association of the Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists


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volume 14 issue 1, August 2014

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Jilamara Arts and Craft A collaboration with The Australian Print Workshop The recent printmaking workshop funded through ANKAAAs Training and Development Support Program (TADS) renewed artistic connections and skills for both emerging and established Jilamara artists and marked Jilamaras 25th anniversary. The linocuts produced were editioned at the Art Centre and the copper etching plates printed at the APW workshop in Melbourne. Jilamara Arts and Craft, Melville Island and The Australian Print Workshop (APW), Melbourne have a long-term creative relationship spanning over 20 years. The iconic Kimberley boab tree comes in many shapes and sizes and the artists at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts are well known for their beautiful boab engravings. As part of two significant creative partnerships and supported by ANKAAA, Waringarri artists and arts workers invited Brendan Hackett of Blueprint Sculpture, a Melbourne metalwork foundry to share his skills in casting and mould making to create three giant bronze boabs and 1500 smaller boabs cast in polished aluminium, creating new market possibilities for these unique artefacts. Its giving us opportunities to do different things with the boab nutsnot many people have seen boabs before, so with this project we are just trying to get it out there says Waringarri artist and arts worker Lorisa Hunter. Top left: The Waringarri giant boabs Bottom left: Waringarri artist engraving a plaster mould Top: Arts worker Richard Bloomer making plaster moulds Above: Arts Worker Extension Program participant, 2014, Selina Gallagher with Margaret Beebe working on giant boabs wax moulds All photos: Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Top left: ANKAAA Arts Worker Extension Program 2014 participant, Jimmy Mungatopi making an etching plate. His painting, in the background represents Purukuparli, Bima (Wai-ai) and Jinani. Natural ochres and acrylic binder on canvas Left: Proof of layered print by Raelene Kerinauia All photos: Jilamara Arts and Craft Arts workers Richard Bloomer and Kenny Griffiths were involved in creating the large moulds for the bronze boabs and the plaster casts used to make the aluminium sculptures. We had to make the big boabs with our hands making the shape of the boab firstwith the small boabs we found good shaped boabs and cast them in plaster to make the moulds. Afterwards we poured plaster ready for the artists to use says Kenny Griffiths Jnr. Two of the giant boabs were commissioned by Landcorp when Waringarri Aboriginal Arts won a West Australian open public tender to install artwork in Kununurras new Coolibah Estate, while the third bronze boab has been purchased by the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley as an entry statement at the Kununurra Airport. The smaller cast aluminium boabs are a unique corporate gift commissioned by Wesfarmers to commemorate their centennial year. 15 artists were selected for this creative partnership and a full set of 15 engraved boabs has been gifted to both the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Boabs - Large and Small By Cathy Cummins, Manager, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts 14 Arts BackBone aRT cenTRe pRoJecTS Volume 14: Issue 1, August 2014 Volume 14: Issue 1, August 2014 aRT cenTRe pRoJecTS Arts BackBone 15

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