Image Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkura, 'Wyarra family group', 2010

TLF ID M014310

This is a sculpture by Rembarrnga artist Bob Burruwal (b1952) and Rembarrnga/Kune artist Lena Yarinkura (b1948) depicting spirit figures - male and female, young and old - standing near their camp dog. The sculpture is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, ‘unDisclosed’, at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in 2012. Information on both artists’ development and a visual analysis of the connection to ancestral narratives can be found on the NGA website by searching for 'undisclosed'; further information about the other artists and the themes of the exhibition is also available there. The dimensions are variable at 211.0 cm high x 190.0 cm wide and the figures were made from natural earth pigments on kurrajong wood, paperbark and natural feathers.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the Foundation to year 2 band in the visual arts curriculum as a visual recognition that societies and cultures are represented in a range of visual arts. It can also be used for the 7-8 band, especially for those content descriptions that refer to considering the broader context of works of art, such as their social, cultural and historical context. It may also be useful for teachers of history in years 3 and 4, particularly in relation to content descriptions about the importance of connection to Country for Aboriginal peoples. Celebrating this connection, Burruwal and Yarinkura's works evoke ancestral spirits.
  • The work is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies one of the priority's organising ideas in relation to Aboriginal peoples: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have unique belief systems and are spiritually connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • The Arts
  • Geography
  • Visual Arts

Other details

Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: Bob Burruwal
  • Description: Artist
  • Person: Lena Yarinkura
  • Description: Artist
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://nga.gov.au/
  • Person: Bob Burruwal
  • Person: Lena Yarinkura
  • Publisher
  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://nga.gov.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Image
Rights
  • Resource: © National Gallery of Australia 2013 (except where otherwise indicated). Image: © the artist, courtesy the artist and Maningrida Arts and Culture, Darwin. This material may be used, reproduced, published, communicated and adapted free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes until 30 June 2018, provided all copyright notices and acknowledgements are retained.