Yolngu Dhäwu Ga Rom

2013 Retrospective

Featuring a selection of handmade prints and installations by TOP’s resident artists Helen Sheferaw, Ghazaleh Shokrollahi, Khue Nguyen, María Peña, Julius Bright Sackey, Ruby Djikarra Alderton.

The retrospective celebrates significant moments in the complex visual cultural narrative of The Ownership Project, from The Yuta Project screenprints by young artists from Yirrkala (NT), depictions of Yolŋgu culture and clan designs from Elcho Island (NT), to the Mothers and Ink prints by women from Horn of Africa communities (VIC), and the Clan and Country prints and installations from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (VIC).

Join us to celebrate the works and connections made to date, and the exciting future ahead for TOP’s Creative Capacity and Artists in Residence programs in Kulin Country.


Opening event: 6-8pm Thursday 12 December

Exhibition dates: 12 – 22 December 2013

Gallery: Level 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Installation by Helen Sheferaw

by Helen Sheferaw

Pinapple by Nadia Ahmed

TOP gallery opens

TOP Gallery opening

Last Saturday,  TOP gallery opened with a stunning suite of prints from Elcho Island. This exhibition launched a new series of reduction woodblocks created in a workshop run by TOP in collaboration with Elcho Island Arts and Craft. It also hosted a retrospective of prints created on the island over the last two years. This island community has many talented visual artists and we are privileged to exhibit their work in Melbourne.

The response from the community has been overwhelming. We had an amazing turnout with some familiar faces as well as many new ones. Many thanks to artist Sue Rankin for her welcome to country and her blessing for TOP. We are very grateful.

Thank you to all those who attended and we look forward to seeing you all at our next opening.

For more photos of the opening please check out our facebook page

Exhibition of Elcho Island prints at TOP

TOP Opening

Come along and celebrate the  opening of The Ownership Project in which we will be launching a new suite of reduction woodblock prints created by artists in Galiwin’ku on the remote Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land.
Accompanying these new prints is a stunning retrospective of prints produced over the last two years at Elcho Island Arts.
This exhibition gives a powerful overview and insight into both traditional and contemporary Yolngu culture.

Hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, October 1st 2011
Time: 4-7pm

Address: Level 1, 110 Johnston St, Fitzroy  3065

Elcho Island Mural Project

Elcho Island Mural Project

Sean was recently asked by Marthakal Homelands Resource Centre (an Indigenous directed organisation in the Northern Territory responsible for providing services to remote Indigenous communities/homelands) to assist with directing and facilitating a mural project at the only motel on Elcho Island. The project was directed by local community members to provide visitors with an awareness of Indigenous culture on the island. Marthakal Visitor Accommodation is now not only more colourful, but a source of pride and identification for all those within the community who participated in the project. For more photos of the project please visit our facebook page. To contact Marthakal Visitor Accommodation you can contact them on (08) 8970 5157.

The Ownership Project would very much like to thank Julie White, Daisy Gumbala, and Susan Wedlock and all the staff at Marthakal for their support throughout the project. Sean Smith and the artists greatly appreciated it.

Elcho Island Print Workshop, June 2011

Elcho Island Workshop 2011

In June Sean, from The Ownership Project, spent 5 days working with artists from Galiwin’ku in north east Arnhem Land. Participating in this reduction woodblock workshop was a mix of some well-seasoned artists and new emerging talent. After a hectic 4 days of printing, punctuated by ceremony, Sean and the artists completed seven striking reduction woodblock editions.

Participating artists included star weavers Mavis Ganambarr and Judy Manany. Also participating was husband and wife team Andrew Markula and Charmaine Ashley, talented weaver and painter Ruth Lulwarriwuy. emerging artist Katrina Burarruwanga, and senior man Frank Wunungmurra.

A set of these prints will be on display at The Ownership Project Gallery and Studio between 27 September and 9 October.

For further information about these prints please contact Sean Smith on 0448 567 883.

Elcho Island Arts partners with Sean Smith from The Ownership Project to create new suite of prints

Mavis Ganambars paintings and prints

Mavis Ganambars paintings and prints

In the first week of June 2011 Sean ran a one-week print workshop at Elcho Island Arts. During the five-day workshop, Sean and Indigenous artists from the remote art centre worked tirelessly to create seven beautiful reduction woodblock prints.

The theme of the workshop was ‘New Stories, Old Stories’, with artists drawing on both traditional artistic styles, as well as modern life stories. Nine artists were involved in the project. Prints created are a beautiful reflection of the culturally rich and diverse elements of Yolngu culture. Both the traditional and contemporary elements of Arnhem Land art collide, resulting in the vibrant and colourful suite of prints.

For more information about these prints and how to purchase them contact Elcho Island Arts on (08) 8970 5088.