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Our spirits lie in the water

Cornelia Tipuamantumirri Winga (Tidal movement, waves) 2012 © Cornelia Tipuamantumirri

This exhibition takes its title from an evocative quote by Kuninjku artist Ivan Namirrkki, which speaks of the innate attachment Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to country and to water.

The works – all from the Gallery’s collection – examine the diverse ways our artists explore the notion of water, from intricate bark paintings of sea life and the beings that inhabit our waterways to sculptural weavings of fish traps, abstract paintings of discreet rock holes and works that document the degradation of water sources. Drawn from across the country and from the 1930s to the present, they give evidence to the complex knowledge Indigenous people have of water and its myriad forms.

15 Nov 2014 – 1 Nov 2015

Free admission

Yiribana Gallery