Bark Ladies: Eleven artists from Yirrkala

All levels 

Until 25 April 2022

Bark Ladies: Eleven artists from Yirrkala is an exhibition that celebrates the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolngu women artists from Yirrkala, in Northeast Arnhem Land. With a wide variety of works featuring mermaids, crocodiles, starlit skies and rivers, ancestral fires, and even a scene from the floor of Parliament in Canberra, Bark Ladies showcases how each of these eleven artists depict their unique stories in bold and unexpected ways.  
Join NGV Educators online or in the Gallery to explore these mesmerizing works on bark and hollow poles and discuss the stories, traditions, materials and processes that inspired the artists.

Learning objectives 

  • Generate creative responses to the exhibitions Bark Ladies: Eleven artists from Yirrkala and The Gecko and the Mermaid: Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu and Her Sister 
  • Compare and contrast the materials, techniques and subject matter of individual artists in Bark Ladies
  • Discuss the relationship between cultural stories and identity through artworks in the exhibition
  • Analyse and interpret artworks to explore the different forms of expression, intentions and viewpoints of artists and how they are viewed by audiences 

Visit includes

  • Subsidised transport to and from the NGV International
  • Free NGV Educator led floortalk in the exhibition Bark Ladies: Eleven artists from Yirrkala  (60 minutes)
  • Free, live NGV Educator led virtual excursions (45 minutes)

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