ANANGUKU ARTS BATIK
This collection of batik from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in northern South Australia is the most recent evolution in an Anangu tradition spanning 45 years.
In response to requests from APY artists, Ananguku Arts Statewide Indigenous Community Artists Development project ran workshops to maintain and teach new batik skills to Indigenous artists. Workshops were held at Goolwa in 2012 and at the Kaurna Living Cultural Centre in Adelaide in 2014.
Artists Tjunkaya Tapaya from Ernabella, Inawinytji Williamson from Kaltjiti (both in Goolwa only), Renita Stanley (Ernabella), Nyukana Norris (Kaltjiti), and Alison Milyika Carroll (Ernabella) worked with textile designer Julie Tylor, supporting South Australian Indigenous artists to develop their skills using new non-toxic dyes in a safer process of creating batik.
The work of these artists and other artists who participated is also available in the Tandanya retail area. There you may find batik works by South Australian Indigenous artists including Mary Pan (Tjala Arts, Amata), Marita Baker, Bernard Tjalkurin (Tjungu Palya), Inawinytji Williamson, Kanytjupai Robin, Kanyiny George and Murray George of Kaltjiti, Purki Edwards (Mimili), Janette Milera and her daughter Daisy Saunders (Adelaide), Polly Sumner (Ngarrindjeri, Strathalbyn), Irene Hull and Nikki Carabetta (Adelaide).
Image Credit: Batik on silk, 317cm x 117cm. Malpiya Davey, Ernabella Arts.
Photo Iain Morton, courtesy Ananguku Arts.’