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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0737

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on grey paper. The design is composed of several irregular forms which touch or overlap to create an open composition roughly in the shape of an inverted 'U'. Several of the forms terminate in hooks or curves and each is outlined with bands of orange, yellow, white and red with infilled area of teal green. Signed along lower right edge. Dated '1955' top right corner

Statement of significance

The collection comprises a broad range of objects including batiks, pokerwork carvings, paintings and pastel drawings on paper and other art and craft items, bibles and school readers in Pitjantjatjara, drawings by school children, photograph albums, videos and a small number of stone implements.

The collection is significant for the depth and range of material associated with a single Aboriginal settlement at Ernabella, now known as Pukatja, its art centre and with Deaconness Winifred Hilliard who was the Arts Advisor to Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. The collection largely dates to this period. Along with other material previously donated by Hilliard, this collection documents the history of Ernabella and the women's art movement there between, but not limited to, 1954 and 1986.

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