Intensive skills development for Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre

Artists from the Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre have created a new silk collection inspired by workshops with Lynelle Flinders and Shannon Brett. The work is characterized by bright motives and fabric pieces using batiking style methods and hand painting. These new creations were featured at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Fashion Show and through this event, four silk kaftans were chosen to exhibit at the Jakarta Fashion Show in Indonesia.

The Bana Yirriji artists have also enjoyed intensive painting and concept development workshops with Edwina Circuitt. These workshops are part of the Belonging exhibition organised by IACA. The artists developed new skills and produced some amazing works using quality art materials. Edwina also helped organise the art studio by ordering new materials and shared her secrets to preparing and working on canvas. Artists also enjoyed a fun day out on country.

2019 is shaping up to be another great year for Bana Yirriji as we look forward to further developing our works for the Belonging exhibition and our involvement with Endeavour 250 exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

Main image credit: Artists workshop with Shannon Brett. Image: Vikki Burrows & Bana Yirriji Art

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