Papaya Tula: 50 Years 1971-2021

The painters of the western desert had been painting for tens of thousands of years but it was only in 1971 that a band of men began making paintings, of their own design, that were destined to change the Australian art landscape forever.

The Papunya Tula Art Movement began in 1971 when a school teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, encouraged some of the men to paint a blank school wall. The murals sparked off tremendous interest in the community and soon many men started painting.
This exhibition celebrates 50 years of painting with seminal works from every decade that document the changing times and artists who defined the era.
The S.H.Ervin Gallery is open Tuesdays – Sundays 11am – 5pm except public holidays.
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