Indigenous Art Resources

Gifted - an exhibition of indigenous art at the AGNSW 2006/07

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Published Saturday, January 27, 2007

This collection-based exhibition brings together significant works the Gallery has purchased with the support of Indigenous art patron Mollie Gowing since 1992, through the Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art. Gifted pays tribute to one of the most significant champions of the Gallery and her ongoing support for contemporary Indigenous art.
Since 1992 The Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art (which gives on average $50,000 annually primarily for the acquisition of indigenous art.) has cumulatively grown to represent one of the most significant private benefactions in support of Indigenous art in Australia.

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Mollie Gowing's support enabled the Art Gallery of New South Wales to buy 362 works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Gifted presents more than 100 of the works by artists including Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Michael Jagamara Nelson, Emily Kam Ngwarray, Judy Watson and Gloria Tamerre Petyarre (the full list of artists is listed at the end).

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Mollie Gowing has been a quiet donor who hasn’t wanted any spotlight on her generosity. Her association with the gallery began 40 years ago when she became one of the first volunteer guides. She is passionate about Indigenous art and began her association with the gallery several decades ago. Gifts from Mollie Gowing’s personal collection include the woven handbags, a group of fibre works collected by her late husband Jim Gowing in the 1930s.

The beginning of the 1990s was a watershed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their status in Australia. In 1994 the Art Gallery of New South Wales opened the Yiribana Gallery to showcase the gallery’s major Indigenous collection.

List of artists in the exhibition Gifted
Badger Bates
Belinda Kuriniya
Bessie Nakamarra Sims
Crusoe Kurddal
Debra Wurrkidj
Dhukal Wirrpanda, Galuma Maymuru
Dr Pantjiti Mary McLean
Elizabeth Kandabuma
Emily Kam Ngwarray
Galuma Maymuru
Ginger Riley Munduwalawala
Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
Helicopter Tjungurrayi
Ian Abdulla
Inyuwa Nampitjinpa
Jack Jakamarra Ross
Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles
James Simon
Jimmy Njiminjuma
John Bulunbulun
Jorna Napurrurla Nelson
Judy Watson
Kate Miwulku
Kay Lindjuwanga
Ken Thaiday
Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Lucy Napaljarri Kennedy
Makinti Napanangka
Mawalan Marika
Michael Jagamara Nelson
Miriam Napanangka
Mitjili Napurrula
Nanu Nangala
Nanyuma Napangati
Narputta Nangala
Nawurapu Wunungmurra
Ningura Napurrula
Owen Yalandja
Paddy Bedford
Paddy Fordham Wainburranga
Paddy Japaljarri Sims
Paddy Japaljarri Stewart
Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi
Peggy Napururrla Poulson
Queenie McKenzie
Ray James Tjangala
Regina Wilson
Robert Ambrose Cole
Robert Campbell Jnr
Rover Thomas
Roy Kennedy
Samuel Namunjdja
Shorty Jangala Robertson
Takariya Napaltjarri
Tatali Nangala
Terry Ngamandara Wilson
Thancoupie
Timmy Payungka Tjapangarti
Tjumpo Tjapanangka
Tjunkiya Napaltjarri
Tommy Watson
Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula
Walangkura Napanangka
Willie Gudabi, Moima Willie
Wilson Lanydjura
Wintjiya Napaltjarri

Sourced from information provided by the AGNSW. January 26, 2007.

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