Brave new wave

Desert women painters

Brave new wave brings together pioneering and visionary paintings by some of Australia’s most iconic Central and Western Desert women. These artists – among them Judy Napangardi Watson (c1925-2016), Yulurlu Lorna Fencer (c1924- 2006) and Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c1910- 1996) – rose to prominence in the late 20th century bringing gendered expressions of Indigenous Australian identity and cultural knowledge to the nation’s attention for the first time. Vibrant and full-bodied, the canvases drawn from Flinders University Art Museum reflect the diverse, creative and innovative female voices of this period. Collectively, they signal the indelible contribution of desert women to the contemporary Aboriginal art movement and in inspiring new generations of female artists to come.

A Flinders University Art Museum touring exhibition


Judy Napangardi Watson, Karnta Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming) (detail), 1996, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 91 x 46 cm, Collection of Flinders University Art Museum 3142, © the artist / Licensed by Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation 2019

15 November 2019 – 2 February 2020

Bay Discovery Centre
Ground Floor Gallery
Glenelg Town Hall
Moseley Square | Glenelg