New exhibition at Delmar Gallery

From Arnhem Land to Trinity: Lineage opens this Saturday.

Maddison Gibbs, Threads 2021 (video still), digital animation

Join us for the official exhibition opening on Saturday 29 May, 3-5pm, with a Welcome to Country at 3.30pm by Aunty Ann Weldon, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Lineage celebrates the work of contemporary women artists from across the Maningrida region.  Their strong tradition of fibre sculpture and weaving is at the heart of the exhibition, complemented by handprinted fabrics and works on paper painted with earth pigments, completed during the COVID lockdown.  

The Maningrida region in Arnhem Land is one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world, with 12 distinct languages spoken by over 110 clan groups. The landscape is commensurately diverse, covering over 7,000 square kilometres and ranging from saltwater coastal regions to rocky escarpments.

Uniting these artists from different linguistic groups, regions and generations is a profound connection to djang“Djang is an ongoing, eternal, life-giving transformative power that accounts for every aspect of existence. It also refers to the creation ancestor, the country where spirit resides, and to ceremonial designs and songs that represent that being. It is what powers our art.”

Lineage has been curated by Bronwyn Rennex in collaboration with Maningrida Arts & Culture and Bábbarra Designs. 

Works in the exhibition are available for purchase.  Request a price list by emailing

Also on display in the gallery’s project space is a commissioned animation by emerging artist Maddison Gibbs.

Threads is a digital animation and installation that speaks through line, movement and colour to the artists’ works in Lineage. Maddison is Barkindji from Dubbo NSW and has recently completed a Bachelor of Design in Animation at UTS. 

Detail of fabric designed and printed by Janet Marawarr, Namoodo (Bad Angel) with Mimih, Cockatoo and Mereboh, 3m

Lena Yarinkura, Djamo (dog) 2019, 78 x 48 x 16cm

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