Image credit: Tony Albert and Vincent Namatjira, Australia’s Most Wanted Armed with a Paintbrush, 2018, archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 100 cm
WEAPONS FOR THE SOLDIER
Protecting Country, Culture and Family
22 February to 17 May 2020
Gallery 1, 2 and 3
Exhibition Celebration: Friday 21 February, 6pm to 8pm
Weapons for the soldier is an exhibition initiated by the young men of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The young men invited 15 other Australian artists to exhibit alongside the Anangu artists by responding to the theme of weaponry.
Weapons for the soldier examines the complex and varied responses to themes of weaponry, warfare, and their connection to fighting for and protecting land and country. These universal themes are timely. Through the artists’ engagement in a cross cultural and dialogue with these themes this exhibition provides the chance to explore and deepen our understanding of diverse perspectives on war and the history of struggle and survival.
APY Lands Artists: Alec Baker, Eric Barney, Willy Kaika Burton, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Taylor Cooper, Sammy Dodd, Witjiti George, Rupert Jack, Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken, Kunmanara (Ray) Ken, Hector Mitakiki, Junior Mitakiki, Kamarin Mitakiki , Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin, Peter Mungkuri, Vincent Namatjira , Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey, Keith Stevens, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson, Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya, Bernard Tjalkuri , Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri, Mumu Mike Williams, Anwar Young, Frank Young, Kamurin Young, Young men of Amata
Invited Artists: Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Lionel Bawden, George Gittoes, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewe , Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Jonathan Jones , Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Ben Quilty, Reko Rennie, Greg Semu, Alex Seton.
Weapons for the soldier is a touring exhibition by the APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre.
The exhibition tour has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program. The project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Create NSW, Sutherland Shire Council, and the Gordon Darling Foundation.