Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art

11 September – 28 November 2010

Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art focuses on the art from Cape York’s Aurukun community, involving Wik, Kugu and associated peoples. The exhibition provides insight into the life and culture surrounding Aurukun’s outstanding carving tradition, and how this tradition has inspired, in today’s community, a flourishing new chapter of art production across a range of media: painting, sculpture, weaving and works on paper.

Initiated in response to collections of Aurukun art in the UQ Anthropology Museum and UQ Art Museum, the exhibition brings together historical pieces and significant examples of contemporary Aurukun art from public art and cultural institutions.

Curator: Dr Sally Butler, The University of Queensland

Learning

  • Watch Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art on Vimeo

  • Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art Interpretive Guide available here

  • View 'Workshop for senior high school students with Mavis Ngallametta Indigenous weaver and painter' here 

Publication

View the publication Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art here

Media

View 'UQ unveils first major survey of Aurukun art' here

A UQ Centenary event 

 

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
The accompanying publication has been supported by the Queensland Government, Australia through Trade Queensland’s Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA). QIAMEA promotes Queensland's Indigenous arts industry through marketing and export activity throughout Australia and internationally.
Supported by the Aurukun Development Fund, a partnership funded by CHALCO and the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Horace Wikmunea 1963
Waaram (Dugong) 2008
natural ochres with synthetic polymer binder on milkwood
43 x 113 x 25 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2008
Reproduced courtesy of the artist, Wik and Kugu Art Centre, and Andrew Baker Art Dealer