Art From Milingimbi: Taking Memories Back

Author(s): Cara Pinchbeck

Art and Design

Drawn from a unique collection held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this book includes 62 bark paintings produced in the 1950s, as well as woven forms, paperbark objects, carved wooden figures and feathered body ornamentation. Together with essays on the artists, the art and the history of Milingimbi, and historic and contemporary photographs, Art from Milingimbi provides readers with a unique insight into the artists, their culture and their connectedness to place. While there has been great interest in art from western and north-eastern Arnhem Land and Ramingining, there has been little written or published on the exemplary art of Milingimbi. With new research conducted in collaboration with the Milingimbi community, this book is the first publication about Milingimbi and the exemplary artists working there in the 1950s. These artists actively engaged with the art market and generously depicted the complexities of Yolngu culture in their works. Many works refer to the highly valued commodity of sugarbag or honey and depict the related clan designs. Other evocative works refer to environmental events, such as rain falling in the trees or animals waiting in anticipation for the rains to come.


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Cara Pinchbeck is a member of the Kamilaroi community. She has been curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 2007. Lindy Allen is senior curator, Anthropology (Northern Australia) in the Humanities Department at Museum Victoria. She is currently the partner investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage Project with the Australian National University. Louise Hamby is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, at the Australian National University. She is chief investigator on the Australian Research Council Linkage project.

Message / Joe DhamanydjiForeword / Michael Brand Taking memories back / Cara Pinchbeck A history of the art from Milingimbi / Lindy Allen and Louise Hamby BilinyaraBinyinyuwuyBurandayDawidiDaynganganDjawaDijimbarrdjimbarrwuyDjunmalGiminydjuLipundjaMakaniMalangiMalnggiMungunuYilkari Sculptures NotesSelect BibliographyList of worksAcknowledgmentsContributors

General Fields

  • : 9781741741285
  • : Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • : Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • : October 2016
  • : 229mm X 178mm X 16mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2016
  • : books

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  • : Cara Pinchbeck
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 709.94
  • : 148
  • : 124 illus.