4 - 28 July 2020

Exhibition Overview

Outstation Gallery and Papunya Tjupi Arts present Ngurranka palyanu – making from home, a small exhibition of paintings from Papunya. This exhibition is unique in that the artists, who usually paint at the art centre, have created this body of work in their own homes during isolation.

When we realised we would have to close the studio space for a while to keep everyone safe the artists had to think about other ways of making. We were thinking about what projects everyone would want to do from home and we all decided we didn’t want to pretend that a body of work had been made under the same usual circumstances in the studio. We wanted to explore working from home and what that might mean ... we thought about other projects we have done that are outside of the studio space, like bush trips, where we don’t have everything at hand as you would in a studio.

We recalled that paint brushes aren’t being cleaned and that things get messy. The artists wanted to lean into this so decided that they would go with any mistakes and that the works would be made transparent gesso instead of the usual primed black to bring these mistakes to light. The studio ended up being closed to artists for over 6 weeks. And, this is when this body of work for Outstation Gallery was made. With artists sitting, painting from home and their temporary studio spaces.

– Emma Collard, Manager, Papunya Tjupi Arts

“Ngurra tjanu piinta... (Painting from home ...) Piintalatju palyaningi ngurrangka nyinyarra miintangkamarra.
(We were painting all these canvases from home over a long period of time to avoid getting sick).
Homangka palya tjintungka palyani. 
No one humbugging. (Happy making from home in the sun. No one humbugging).”

– Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula

Art Centres

This exhibition is brought to you by Outstation, in collaboration with the following art centres:

Exhibition Catalogue

When and where

4 - 28 July 2020

Outstation Gallery
8 Parap Place
Northern Territory


This Outstation exhibition is comprised of works from the following artists:

  • Candy Nakamarra Nelson
  • Carbiene McDonald
  • Charlotte Napurrula Phillipus
  • Doris Bush Nungarrayi
  • Martha McDonald Napaltjarri
  • Maureen Napangardi Poulson
  • Mona Nangala
  • Watson Corby

Exhibition artworks