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Papulu-ku Nyinjjiki (seeing houses) Exhibition

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Exhibition Location 
35 Emma St, Collingwood, Victoria

Opening Night
Friday 6th October - 6pm - 9pm 

Exhibition Viewing
Saturday 7th October - 10am - 5pm 
Sunday 8th October - 11am - 3pm 

Housing Forum at NGV - link
Saturday 7th October - 1pm - 4pm 

Papulu-ku Nyinjjiki (seeing houses) exhibition sets out to document the harsh realities of remote indigenous housing in the Northern Territory. It attempts to tell the story of Tennant Creek through housing injustice and art—revealing these lived realities to the broader public. It is also about meaningful engagement and collaboration; celebrating the homes at Emu Springs and the establishment of Wilya Janta housing collaboration.

Taking place in Melbourne, the exhibition will display artwork by several artists from the Tennant Creek Brio artist collective as well as photographs, drawings, and architectural models. The public forum will invite Elders and academics working within remote housing and health to discuss the current conditions and ways forward.

The Tennant Creek Men’s art program started in 2016 as an art therapy/outreach program set up by Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corp. The group, a mix of fringe dwellers and emerging cultural leaders, have continued to work together and often collaboratively, forming a unique and cutting-edge artist collective named ‘The Tennant Creek Brio‘. Their work pushes conventions, drawing on imagery and traditions from the Wirnkarra (Dreaming), the Old Testament and mythic iconography from around the world. Their action paintings and performance represent the enthusiasm and dedication of the collective as they continue to develop a cathartic visual language fuelled by the material histories and complexities of life in Tennant Creek.

Artworks and photos will be auctioned to raise money for Wilya Janta. You are also able to donate directly via this link.

Signs of life IX
Signs of life IX, Joseph Williams Jungurayi


Norman Frank Jupurrurla - Warumungu Elder, Board member of Julalikari Council, Anyingini Aboriginal Health, Committee member Central Land Council.

Serena Morton Napanangka - Alyawarra Elder

Linda Turner Napanangka - Warumungu and Warlmanpa Elder, Chair of Julalilkari Council

Patricia Frank Narrurlu - Warumungu Elder, Board Member, Julalikari Council

Diane Stokes Nampin - Warumungu Elder

Jimmy Frank Jupurrurla - Warumungu Elder, Artist in the Tennant Creek Brio

Alfred Rixon - Mimal Ranger, Rembarrnga

Clifford Thompson Japaljarri - Tennant Creek Brio, Kaytetye

Fabian Brown Japaljarri - Tennant Creek Brio, Warumungu and Walpiri.

Rupert Betheras - Tennant Creek Brio

Marcus Camphoo - Tennant Creek Brio, Alyawarr

Joseph Williams Jungurayi - Tennant Creek Brio, Warumungu

Simon Quilty - Medical doctor with 20 years’ experience in the NT, Medical Advisor for Purple House

Veronica Matthews - Senior Research Fellow, University Centre for Rural Health, The University of Sydney, Quandamooka

Paul Memmott - A anthropologist and architect based at University of Queensland

Andrew Quilty - An Australian photojournalist and writer.

OFFICE - A not-for-profit architecture and landscape architecture practice based in Melbourne.

Troppo - A practice of regionally based studios aiming to develop regionally responsive architecture.

Jesse Marlow - Australian Street Photographer

Proud Supporters:
OFFICE, Troppo, Aboriginal Housing Northern Territory, Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation, Original Power, Emergent Group, King, Wood and Mallesons, Trident Plumbing, Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Culture Centre, Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre, Bodriggy Brewing, the NGV as part of the Victorian Design Program and the Alastair Swayn Foundation.

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