Yurtu Ardla

Yurtu Ardla

16 March 2019–21 July 2019

10am - 5pm daily
South Australian Museum



The Yurtu Ardla exhibition is the first exhibition curated by Nukunu person and the William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum, Dr Jared Thomas.

The exhibition celebrates the continuation of Adnyamathanha wood carving and the revitalisation of Nukunu wood carving practice, and is the result of a Ku Arts project initiated by Nukunu and Adnyamathanha men, in partnership with the South Australian Museum.

The Yurtu Ardla project began with a Ku Arts workshop series in 2015. The exhibition results from the continuation of this project starting with South Australian Museum visits and workshops in April 2017. Workshops have been led by master Andymathanha carver and language speaker Uncle Roy Coulthard.

By sharing skills and knowledge, the men of the neighbouring language groups have not only produced important artistic works but have deepened friendships that will help to keep Adnyamathanha and Nukunu carving practice strong.

The Yurtu Ardla exhibition is one in a series of boutique exhibitions supported by Beach Energy. This series was designed to achieve a deep focus on community engagement that draws from the Museum’s collections and creates new collaborations. Previous in this series were Shared Sky in 2017 and Milerum and Me: The Art of Jacob Stengl in 2018.

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