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Child's drawing by Payula, Ernabella SA


Child's drawing by Payula, Ernabella SA

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Physical description

Drawing of blue sky and two brown mountains in the background. A blue river has green grass on both sides. Beside a mountain there are four people lying flat with their heads pointing in the direction of the river. On the opposite side of the river there are six people in the same position. Behind these people there are twelve more in a sitting position. Please note, this drawing depicts Moses striking the rock.

Statement of significance

Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2 comprises a wide range of art and craft items including batik fabrics and clothing, pokerwork animals, acrylic paintings and children's drawings.

Ernabella Arts is significant as one of the longest running Aboriginal art centres. Started in 1949, its artists are mainly women although men have been participating at an increasing rate of late. Over the years, many product lines have been attempted with batik being one of the most successful. It was introduced by Winifred Hilliard who was arts co-ordinator at Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. She is fondly remembered there largely due to role of assisting the artists rather than directing them what forms of art and craft to produce. In terms of the history of indigenous art and craft production in Australia both Ernabella Arts and Deaconess Hilliard hold significant postions.

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