"Power and Colour - An Introduction to Aboriginal Art: Celebrating the Artists,
Their Communities and Culture"

February 8-11, 2018
"Power and Colour" an exhibit of new works from Australian Aboriginal artists, shown for the first time, will open at the 34th annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show at Fort Mason.

Curated by Yaama Ganu, a nonprofit Aboriginal gallery in Moree, New South Wales, the heart of the Kamilaroi Nation, the exhibit brings to San Francisco for the first time uniquely colorful and deeply symbolic art works selected from Aboriginal-managed Art Centre’s across the Australian Continent. Aboriginal paintings from many different tribal families will be presented.

Australia’s community based Art Centre’s provide economic, social and cultural benefits to Aboriginal people. The first Centre was established at Ernabella, northern South Australia in 1948, set up to provide employment for the skilled wool-spinning women of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara. Today there are more than 50 Art Centers, mostly in Central and Northern Australia.

Toby Osmond, curator of the art centre, Yaama Ganu Gallery, said ‘All of us at the Yaama Ganu Gallery feel very privileged to be invited to exhibit a dynamic collection of works representing the Aboriginal Artists of Australia, their communities and culture. We look forward to sharing this visual language of the world’s oldest people, telling important stories of language and law, country and family.’

Among those contributing will be Warlukurlangu, an Art Centre in Central Australia featuring remarkably complex dot paintings of the Warlpiri people of Yuendumu in the central desert. These works are certain to be a highlight.

“’Power and Colour’ will frame the Tribal and Textile Show’s entrance with spectacular art that sets just the right tone for an exceptionally diverse presentation of the works of indigenous peoples,” co-producer John Morris said, “and we are weaving Australian aesthetic elements through the weekend, including our preview party, so everyone can explore Australian tribal cultures, music, and foods.”