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art + soul

A journey into the world of Aboriginal art

Ivy Pareroultja Mt Sonder Lookout 2009
IMAGE CREDIT: Ivy Pareroultja Mt Sonder Lookout 2009, watercolour on paper on board. Purchased with funds provided by niall and Freya edwards Fitzsimons 2009 © ivy Pareroultja, courtesy ngurratjuta iltja ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre.

As part of the soon-to-be-aired art + soul television series, written and narrated by Hetti Perkins, and the book art + soul, the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents the art + soul exhibition during an ‘Open Weekend at the Gallery’, which will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture.

The exhibition highlights the artists and art featured in the groundbreaking three-part documentary series. Some of the 40-plus artists include: Destiny Deacon, Richard Bell, Mervyn Bishop, Tommy McRae, Ricky Maynard, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Judy Watson, Brenda L Croft, Emily Kam Ngwarray, John Mawurndjul, Naata Nungurrayi and Rusty Peters.

art + soul explores the diversity of Indigenous culture through three themes: ‘home and away’, ‘dreams and nightmares’ and ‘bitter and sweet’. Drawing on key works from the Gallery’s collection, it reveals the myriad of contemporary artistic expressions that evidence the enduring heritage of Indigenous Australia, in all its diversity and complexity.

This exhibition captures the remarkable energy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, from the Papunya Tula Artists, the renowned art movement that had its humble beginnings in the early 1970s, to Rover Thomas and his phenomenal achievements in the East Kimberley right up to the present-day ‘black city culture’.

art + soul will showcase more than 100 works and objects.

Principal sponsor
Qantas Airways Limited

On view
28 Aug 2010 – 13 Jun 2011
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney


Media contact

Susanne Briggs
Tel 02 9225 1791
Mob 0412 268 320

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