Orion Expedition Cruise - 'Art of Arnhem Land'

6 May - 11 May 2010

Bula'bula Arts is proud to announce that we are going on tour... via the coastline of Arnhem Land!  We have been invited by the luxury cruise ship the Orion to come aboard the 'Art of Arnhem Land' expedition, which will visit Aboriginal Art Centres through the top end of Australia in May.  

Senior artists Peter Gambung and Bobby Bununggurr, accompanied by Louise O'Neil (manager) and Sara Higgs (curator) will board the vessel at Yirrkala, and visit communities such as Galiwin'ku, Maningrida and the Tiwi Islands before disembarking in Darwin.  As well as having the opportunity to talk about local art and culture, we will also be showing key examples of artwork produced from Bula'bula Arts.

This is not the first time Bobby has been invited to work on a cruise liner.  He fondly remembers a time when he and David Gulpilil performed at sea several years ago.  We are all looking forward to seeing the country from a different perspective and meeting the other passengers.  


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Date of birth : 1950

Language : Mandhalpuy

Clan : Mandhalpuy

Social Affiliations : Dhuwa moiety, Bilinydjan subsection


Mary Dhapalany is the sister of David Gulpilil, Peter Minygululu, Djelirr (1), Belinda Gunydjulma and Evonne Munuyngu.

Dhapalany has been making fibre objects for utilitarian and ritual use since her early teenage years.

Select Group Exhibitions:
1984, Objects & Representations from Ramingining, Power Institute [now MCA], Sydney
1993, Buyu Djama, Pandanus Weaving from Arnhem Land, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra
2000, Yolngu Science: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, MCA, Sydney
2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2002, Ramingining, Arte aborigen australiano de la Tierra de Arnhem, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2002, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Palacio de Velazquez, Parque del Retiro, Madrid
2002, Miyalk Djama, Indigenart, Subiaco
2003, Out of the Dilly Bag, Bright!, St Kilda, Victoria
2003, Sydney Aboriginal & Oceanic Art Fair, Circular Quay, Sydney
2003, The Native Born: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Ramingining, Australia, Asia Society Museum, New York, USA
2003, The Native Born: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Ramingining, Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, Taiwan
2005, Pandanus to Paper, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2006, 13 Canoes (an Adelaide Fringe event), South Australian Museum, Adelaide
2006, Bula’bula Arts in 3D, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide

Museum of Contemporary Art, Maningrida Collection, Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ramingining Collection, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
South Australian Museum, Adelaide

2000, Brambuk hosts visiting artists, Stawell Times News, June 30, 2000 p. 15 (with photo)
Mundine, Djon, 2001, The Native Born: Objects and Representations from Ramingining, Arnhem Land, MCA & Bula’bula Arts

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