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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0789

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a grey ground. The design is composed of irregular forms which touch and overlap to create a compact design on the right side of the ground. The forms are predominantley oblong and infilled with coloured lines of pale yellow, blue, purple and pale turquoise. There is a small amount of orange and black.

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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