Exhibition: Entwined



When: Saturday 14 October 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018
Time: 10am to 4pm daily
Where: Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Cost: Free

Entwined, part of TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, showcases the work of contemporary Yirrkala printmakers made in response to string figures collected and documented during the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land.

The string figures, made of kurrajong (Brachychiton paradoxum) bark fibre, are often referred to as ‘string games’, but they are actually instructive tools through which we learn about Yolngu (people in central and north-east Arnhem Land) life.

Artists from Bula’bula Arts have hand made string to celebrate this ongoing tradition, and a number of string figures from the South Australian Museum's collection - made of plant fibre and also human hair, animal fur and industrial materials - are also presented.

Human ingenuity is demonstrated universally across ancient cultures by the multitude of uses of plant resources and, in this case, the creation of fibre from plants.

Entwined is supported by TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support of the Government of South Australia.

The Santos Museum of Economic Botany and its exhibition programme are proudly supported by Santos.


Yirrkala printmakers: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre: Mulkun Wirrpanda, Dundiwuy 2 Munungurr/Wunungmurra, Gundimulk Wanambi, Dipililnga Marika, Birrpunu Yunupinu 2, Marrnyula Munungurr, Nyangungu Marawili, Djerrkngu Yunupinu, Dhundunga Mununggurr 

Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation: Cecily Mopbarrmbrr, Daphne Banyawarra, Evonne Munuyngu, Joy Gadawarr, Julie Djulibing 1, Margaret Djarrbalabal, Mary Dhapalany 1, Melinda Gedjen, Robyn Djunginy.