Ruby Djikarra Alderton

The Yuta Project Success in the USA

Mikey Gurruwiwi, ‘Ngarra’, 2012, screenprint. Image courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

A selection of screen prints from The Yuta Project have been exhibited at Harvey Arts Project, Idaho, USA. TOP would like to congratulate the young artists, printmakers Ruby Alderton, Annie Studd, and Sean Smith, as well as Buku-Larrnggay Mulka on yet another incredible outcome for The Yuta Project.

The Yuta Project was a youth-driven series of workshops held at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory. The workshops resulted in a series of prints produced by young Yolngu artists. This engagement project empowered the individuals in the community, without boundaries or judgment, providing a safe space where young Yolngu can express themselves artistically.

These bold, contemporary, and sophisticated artworks are a reflection of what these young artists find important in their daily lives and are a powerful insight into issues facing Indigenous youth in Yirrkala. They are also a testament to the immense talent the next generation of artists in the region hold. TOP also commends the progress of three participants in The Yuta Project who have become new staff members at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Print Space.

Please click here to see the selection of Yuta Prints on display at Harvey Arts Project, USA.

Please click here to see Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika’s print, Mari (2012), currently on display in String Theory, a national touring exhibition currently on display at the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika, Mari, 2012, screenprint. Image courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Mikey Guyanya Gurruwiwi, Petrol Sniffer, 2012, screenprint. Image courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

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 at Koskela

TOP at Koskela 2
TOP at Koskela

As part of their All Things Print month, Koskela are exhibiting a small range of The Ownership Project prints in their incredible showroom in Rosebury, Sydney, until 21 October 2012. Stalwarts in quality Australian-made furniture and design products, Koskela is celebrating the wonderful art of printmaking with a range of print workshops and exhibitions, and TOP is thrilled to be involved in their program.

Featuring woodblock reduction prints made in TOP’s Artist in Residence program by artists Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Julius Bright Sackey and Helen Sheferaw, the works show the artists’ collective attention to contemporary color and design while drawing on their respective traditional cultural design elements. All prints are available for sale .

Sean from The Ownership Project will be running two public workshops in the Koskela showroom that will be fun, easy and open to any skill level.

Reduction woodblock print workshop: Saturday 13 Oct, 2 – 4.30pm.

Hand printing lino workshop: Sunday 14 Oct, 1.30 – 4pm.

For more information and bookings, please visit the Koskela workshops page.

Ruby Djikarra Alderton’s TOP Internship

Rulyapa , Ruby Djikarra Alderton, 2012

Rulyapa, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, 2012

Last month TOP was privileged to have Ruby Djikarra Alderton working in our studio, an upcoming artist based in Yirrkala. Ruby recently co-managed the Yuta Project, a community based screen-printing workshop in partnership with TOP that engaged young people in Yirrkala with their local art centre. Over a couple of weeks in April she also undertook a professional internship with TOP and Alcaston Gallery, organised by Jessica Wraight. While in Melbourne for the internship Ruby also worked in TOP’s Fitzroy studio where she created three stunning woodblocks prints. It was a busy two weeks for her.

Based around Ruby’s traditional water current design these prints represent her first foray into reduction woodblock printing. These prints depict the channel of water that runs between Gutjangan (Bremer Island) and the mainland of Yirrkala, Arnhem Land. This body of water holds great meaning to the artist and her family. Using her signatory vibrant colours and sensitive patterning these woodblocks are a stunning triptych.

At just 18 Ruby is a fulltime printmaker at the Yirrkala Print Space, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka centre (BLMC). Here she not only creates her own work, but also collaborates with established Yirrkala artists. Ruby has also been accepted into the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Big congratulations to her and the team at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre. We look forward to working together in the future.

Ruby’s three prints will be launched at top in the coming weeks.

Ruby and TOP printmaker Sean Smith

Ruby and TOP printmaker Sean Smith

Yuta Project, Yirrkala Art Centre

Working with disengaged Indigenous youth in Yirrkala, Sean Smith worked with Ruby Alderton and Annie Studd from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala Art Centre) to run a screen-printing workshop. Over the two week period young people between 12 and 22 years old created complex artworks by using digital images of photos taken by the participants of scenes from within their community and layering their own imagery over these images resulting in sophisticated contemporary artworks. The artwork is a reflection of what these young people find important in their daily lives and is a powerful insight into issues facing Indigenous youth in Yirrkala. It is also a testament to the immense talent the next generation of artists in this region has.

Printmaking Yuta Project