Weapons for the Soldier: Protecting Country, Culture and Family

The Murray Bridge Regional Gallery is hosting this groundbreaking national exhibition, bringing together works from more than 40 of Australia's most important Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, until 3 November 2019.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery is the first host venue in the national tour of this ground-breaking exhibition, which explores complex ideas about weaponry, warfare, rights and freedom across generations.

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Director Fulvia Mantelli said the exhibition features all new works and covers pre-settlement battles, the Frontier Wars, Australian military history, street wars and race conflicts.
“In our first partnership with Tarnanthi, presented by Art Gallery of South Australia, we are thrilled to be showcasing this amazing collaboration between the South Australian-based APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre in NSW,” she said.

Weapons for the Soldier, presented for the acclaimed Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, was initiated by young men from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, with support from senior artists.
“The Tjilpies (senior men) from the APY Lands have spent their lives protecting Tjukurpa (Culture), Country and family. For Anangu this is the most important thing,” said Anangu Elder and senior artist Frank Young.
“Connection to country and protecting country is something that artists from all over Australia make work and share stories about. This has become the heart of the project.”

Weapons for the Soldier provides an opportunity to hear Indigenous voices, and honour male elders of the APY Lands and the distinct position of Australian Indigenous peoples who have long fought to maintain cultural strength and pride.

APY Lands Artists: Alec Baker | Eric Barney | Willy Kaika Burton | Pepai Jangala Carroll | Taylor Cooper | Sammy Dodd | Witjiti George | Rupert Jack | Kunmanara (Brenton) Ken | Kunmanara (Ray) Ken | Maruku Arts and Crafts | Hector Mitakiki | Junior Mitakiki | Kamarin Mitakiki | Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin | Peter Mungkuri | Vincent Namatjira | Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey | Keith Stevens | Derek Jungarrayi Thompson |Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya | Bernard Tjalkuri | Ginger Wikilyiri | Mick Wikilyiri | Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams | Anwar Young | Frank Young |Kamurin Young | Young men of Amata

Invited Artists: Abdul Abdullah | Tony Albert | Brook Andrew | Lionel Bawden | George Gittoes | Shaun Gladwell | Richard Lewer | Uncle Charles ‘Chicka’ Madden and Jonathan Jones | Danie Mellor | Steaphan Paton | Ben Quilty Reko Rennie | Greg Semu | Alex Seton

Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
27 Sixth Street, Murray Bridge
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, closed Mondays and public holidays.

A touring exhibition by APY Art Centre Collective and Hazelhurst Arts Centre, assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program. This project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Create NSW, Sutherland Shire Council, and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Weapons for the soldier is presented through Tarnanthi.
Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with the support of the Government of South Australia. 

For more information visit  Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

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