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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0819

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Mulit coloured abstract design on a grey ground. The design is composed of several curved and one lobed forms which touch or overlap and are arranged to create a swirling, relatively compact composition. The curls and lobe are infilled with concentric bands of red, white, purple, green and orange which follow the contours of the edges. There are also four areas of yellow.

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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