The Yuta Project

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

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