Arnhem Land and Northern Australia
Art from northern Australia in the Collection includes monumental hollow log burial poles, a major group of Banumbirr (Morning Star poles) and many ornamental feathered objects from Galiwinku. Paintings by leading artists from the Yirrkala community in the Buwayak (invisibility) style are a focus, including a group of bark paintings and larrakidj memorial poles by the politically important figure Djambawa Marawili, included in 'The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art' in 2006. Works by Gunybi Ganambarr, an emerging younger generation artist, signal exciting new developments in Arnhem Land art. There are paintings and fibre work from senior female artists from Peppimenarti and a group of works by leading Tiwi artists, including paintings, prints, pukamani poles (tutini) and tunga (bark baskets).
Paintings by Thomas Rover, Queenie McKenzie, Mabel Juli, George Wallaby and Hector Jandany, as well as a Wandjina painting by senior artist Lily Karadada, underpin the Kimberley collection. A full set of balmarra, monumental coloured wool performance sculptures by Alan Griffiths, dance frames by Roy Wiggan, riji (pearl shell pendants) by Aubrey Tigan, and paintings by Fitzroy Crossing artists Butcher Cherel, Dolly Snell and the final works by the late Wakartu Cory Surprise, make the Kimberley and north-western representation a diverse and exciting aspect of the Collection.