Garma, 2009

From August 6 – 10, members of Bula’bula Arts attended the Garma Festival of Yolngu culture.  ANKAAA (the Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists Inc.) funded three Bula’bula artists and the curator to attend the annual celebration of Yolngu culture, held in the forest at Gulkula, Northeast Arnhem Land (near Nhulunbuy).  The three artists who attended the festival were ANKAAA board-member Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu and Shirley Banalanydju.

A productive and enjoyable four days were spent camping amongst fellow artists and attending the following events:
* Garma Academic Key Forum, this year titled ‘Creative Industries’.
* the ANKAAA Arnhem Regional Meeting, where the group met with other local Art Centres and funding bodies to discuss important issues facing the individual art centres today.
* Yothu Yindu Foundation Printmaking Workshop.  Peter and Shirley each created a linocut print at the festival, with the possible opportunity of the foundation selecting their artwork for editioning.
* Visit to Buku Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, in Yirrkala.
* Evening Bungul and entertainment.

 
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Date of birth : 1970

Language : Marrangu

Clan : Wurrkigenydjarr

Social Affiliations : Dhuwa moiety, Wamut subsection

 

JB started painting for Bula’bula Arts in around 1998. He spends his time between Ramingining and Maningrida, painting for both art centres. He has also worked as a conservator for both Maningrida Arts and Culture and Bula’bula Arts.

An emerging artist to watch out for, JB is committed to painting in natural bush ochres. He specialises in bark paintings and hollow logs which, in the main, depict stories about honey, (colloquially known as sugarbag) and bush tucker


Select Group Exhibitions:
1999, Ramingining Artists Show, High on Art, Melbourne
2000, Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney
2000, Bula’bula Arts Gallery, Sydney
2000, Aboriginal Bark Paintings, Sculpture & Hollow Logs, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2000, Maningrida, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2001, In the heart of Arnhem Land: Myth and the making of contemporary Aboriginal Art, Mantes-la-Joili, France:Musee del l’Hotel-Dieu
2003, Identity & Country, Indigenart, Perth
2004, Likan’mirri-Connections, The AIATSIS Collection of Art, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
2004, Dupun, Djalumbu, Badurru-Hollow Logs from Ramingining, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004, Ramingining Artists, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
2004, Bulabula Artists Mala, Bandigan Arts, Sydney
2005, Rarrk on Bark, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
2005, Emergence: Happening Artists from Ramingining, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2007, Bula'bula Arts: The Next Generation, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne

Collections:
Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria
Museum Victoria, Melbourne

Publications:
Kohen, A., Garde, M., Ryan, J., & Peltier, P., 2001, In the heart of Arnhem Land: Myth and the making of contemporary Aboriginal Art, Mantes-la-Joili, France:Musee del l’Hotel-Dieu



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