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Hermannsburg artists to attend exhibition Opening Night and Artists' Workshop!!

Colours of Country: Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists + Hermannsburg Potters + Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Opening 6 - 8 pm this Thursday 27 March

Douglas Kwarple Abbott 'James Range, Finke River' Watercolour


Colours of Country will be launched by Alison French, ANU (author of Seeing the Centre: the art of Albert Namatjira 1902 - 1959) on Thursday 27 March (all welcome) and runs until Saturday 12 April.

Great news that artists Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka are coming to Geelong for Opening Night and an Artists' Workshop as part of the Colours of Country exhibition of paintings by Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists, unique ceramics by Hermannsburg Potters and quirky animal sculptures by Tjanpi Desert Weavers (from the NPY Lands).

These artworks are inspired by landscapes that the artists know intimately, from remote locations to iconic views of the Western MacDonnell Ranges and the flora and fauna found there, locating the artists in a continuity of ancestral connections to country.

Many current generation Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists are descendents of Albert Namatjira and his contemporaries and include Douglas Kwarlpe Abbott, Kevin Namatjira, Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka, Peter Tjutjatja Taylor, Elton Wirri and Kevin Wirri.

Hermannsburg Potters are renowned for their unique, hand-built terracotta lidded pots and the works in Colours of Country are meticulously decorated with landscapes and flora and fauna of the Central Desert.


Rona Panangka Rubuntja 'Miniature Bird Series'Ceramic


Aboriginal women artists of Tjanpi Desert Weavers come together on country from remote communities in the western and central Australian deserts to collect grass, sculpt and weave, sing and dance and keep culture strong. The artists create intricate, whimsical woven sculptures of local fauna that beautifully complement the Hermannsburg paintings and ceramics in this exhibition.

Imitjala Pollard © Papa (Dog) Tjanpi Raffia, Acrylic

Visit Metropolis Gallery from 12.30 – 1.30 pm on Friday 28 March for the rare opportunity to experience exhibiting artists Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka painting evocative images of the Central Desert.




ARTISTS' WORKSHOP with Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka.

Limited places still available!

10.30 – 1.30 this Friday
28 March.

Lenie Namatjira, Joel Wolter and Sophie Ferrier comparing notes 2011.

Be quick to register for this rare opportunity to paint side by side in a small group with exhibiting Hermannsburg watercolour artists Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka, in the relaxed environment of Metropolis Gallery.

One session only with limited places still available.

Sit, paint and learn Hermannsburg watercolour techniques through observation and gentle interaction in the midst of the exhibition Colours of Country.


BOOKINGS essential:

• Workshop Fee $88

• Phone 5221 6505 or email

• Paper, paints, some brushes and other materials provided, but you're encouraged to bring your own favourite brushes and materials.

• Coffee, tea and a light lunch provided.


Mervyn Rubuntja to right and workshop participants including Susan Sutton (front) 2011.


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