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Aboriginal Fibre Art

Since 2003, the Gallery has built on earlier holdings of silk batik textiles from various central Australian art centres with the acquisition of over 300 Aboriginal fibre works, creating a special focus in the Collection. Groups of works by leading fibre artists Yvonne Koolmatrie, Shirley Macnamara, Lena Yarinkura and Judy Baypungala give prominence to these artists in a genre that has only recently gained due recognition. These were showcased in the 2009 exhibition 'Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art'. Woven pieces made from natural and synthetic materials are joined in this area by objects, paintings and prints that reference fibre. Arnhem Land artists have provided many beautiful works; however, urban-based artists breaking new ground, such as Lorraine Connelly-Northey and Jonathan Jones, have extended the Collection in exciting directions.