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troublemag | August 20, 2018

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Listing State NT

Northern Centre for Contemporary Art

NCCA, Vimy Lane, Parap, Darwin 0820

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String
9 August – 8 September

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String celebrates the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is proud exhibition focused on shell-stringing, one of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s most culturally significant and closely-guarded traditions. Shell stringing is the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community’s longest continued cultural practice. A small group of Pakana (Tasmanian Aborigines) on the Bass Strait Islands maintained shell stringing through the 20th century. This national touring exhibition features stunning shell necklaces created in the 1800s, alongside necklaces from acclaimed makers of today and a new wave of stringers who learnt the tradition at cultural renewal workshops.

Following its showing at TMAG, the exhibition will tour to every state and territory in Australia between 2017 and 2019. “The development, production and tour of the exhibition and book has been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program, and the TMAG Foundation have funded the significant acquisition of new works made for the exhibition,” Ms Carding said.

“I would also like to thank the lenders to the exhibition premiere, including the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and Museum Victoria who have enabled an important 19th century necklace to return to Tasmania for the first time in more than 160 years.

Makers: Pilunimina, Lucy Beeton, Sarah Mansell, Gladys Maynard, Louise Brown, Clydia Summers, Joan Brown, Muriel Maynard Dulcie Greeno, Corrie Fullard, Lola Greeno, Jeanette James Leonie Dickson, Verna Nichols, Patsy Cameron, Audrey Frost Ashlee Murray, Karoline Trial Denise Jones,Tanya Harper, Theresa Green,Bron McNally, Vicki Green (Maikutena)

OPENING HOURS: Wed-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 9am-2pm, or by appointment, (closed on public holidays).