They are Meditating: Bark Paintings from the MCA’s Arnott’s Collection

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 18.02.08

Gallery: Museum of Contemporary Art
Dates: 14.01.08 : 03.08.08

Since the 1950s the practice of bark painting has responded to new contexts and has become increasingly pertinent to the outside world.

During this period, the generation of painters most commonly known and admired – some of whom are still working today – began their careers. This exhibition explores the richness of these early bark paintings alongside more recent practices by subsequent generations of artists from those communities.

In June 1993 Arnott’s Biscuits Limited donated a rare and significant collection of bark paintings to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The collection comprises 271 barks dating from the late 1960s through to the early 1980s, by artists from Australia’s north.

The exhibition includes works by Mawalan, Malangi, Nabarrayal, Djawa, Nanyin and Jimmy Ngamjmira, as well as 41 works by Yirawala (c1897–1976).


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Contact Details

Gallery: Museum of Contemporary Art
Contact: Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs
Telephone: +61 2 9245 2400
Address: Circular Quay West George Street The Rocks Sydney 2000 NSW



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