Colours of Country

Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists and Hermannsberg Potters with Tjanpi Desert Weavers

27 March – 12 April

Opening Night 6 - 8 pm Thursday 27 March (all welcome)


Metropolis Gallery is proud to present Colours of Country, an exhibition of paintings by Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists, unique ceramics by Hermannsburg Potters together with quirky animal sculptures by Tjanpi Desert Weavers (from the NPY Lands).

These artworks are inspired by landscapes that the artists know intimately, from remote locations to iconic views of the Western MacDonnell Ranges and the flora and fauna found there, locating the artists in a continuity of ancestral connections to country.
Many of the current generation Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists are descendents of Albert Namatjira and his contemporaries and include Douglas Kwarlpe Abbott, Kevin Namatjira, Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka, Peter Tjutjatja Taylor, Elton Wirri and Kevin Wirri.

Hermannsburg Potters are renowned for their unique, hand-built terracotta lidded pots, and the works in Colours of Country are meticulously decorated with landscapes and the flora and fauna of central Australia.

Aboriginal women artists of Tjanpi Desert Weavers (from the NPY Lands) come together on country from remote communities in the western and central Australian deserts to collect grass, sculpt and weave, sing and dance and keep culture strong. The artists create intricate, whimsical woven sculptures of local fauna that beautifully complement the Hermannsburg paintings and ceramics in this exhibition.

Colours of Country: Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists and Hermannsburg Potters with Tjanpi Desert Weavers will be launched on Thursday 27 March by Alison French, ANU, author of Seeing the Centre: the art of Albert Namatjira 1902 – 1959 (National Gallery of Australia) (all welcome).
Uncle David Tournier, Cultural Heritage, Education and Language Officer, Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, will present an Acknowledgement of Country.

The public is also invited to visit Metropolis Gallery from 12.30 – 1.30 pm on Friday 28 Marchfor the rare opportunity to experience exhibiting artists Gloria Pannka and Lenie Namatjira painting evocative images of the Central Desert.