Touring Exhibitions

Women with Clever Hands: Gapuwiyak Miyalkurruwurr Gong Djambatjmala

Touring nationally 2011-2013 

Women With Clever Hands: Gapuwiyak Miyalkurruwurr Gong Djambatjmala features fibre work by women artists from Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnhem Land, developed by guest curator Louise Hamby. It is the first time the women of Gapuwiyak, past and present, have presented an array of their creative work in fibre. Their aesthetically beautiful works combine simple, functional shapes with intricate design, fine detail and subtle colour, all of which in turn, reflect the complexities of their land and their culture.

The group comes from Gapuwiyak, (meaning salty or bitter water), and is the Aboriginal name for their small, inland community situated in eastern Arnhem Land, 16 kilometers from the coast. Although today there are many clan groups living in Gapuwiyak, the landowners are Gapapuyngu who are one of the smaller groups of the population. The main clans within the community are Dhalwangu, Djambarrpuyngu, Marrangu, Wagilag and Ritharrngu. The majority of the artists live in the township and the others reside in the outstations surrounding Gapuwiyak.

Women with Clever Hands on display at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, 2010

This exhibition has developed from 1995, when the relationship of the women with Louise Hamby, who was commencing her PhD studies, began. Through her work she set out to investigate the complex set of issues surrounding the making, meaning and use of fibre objects in the community. Women with Clever Hands has been nurtured through this exchange and is fortunate in being able to capture fifteen years of women's lives through their work. Lucy Malirrimurruwuy Wanapuyngu assisted Louise with the curation of this exhibition. She and many others are to be thanked and congratulated for their support.

Launched at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery in 2010, Women with Clever Hands will be touring nationally through 2011 to 2013, to Flinders University Art Museum in Adelaide, the Melbourne Museum, Tamworth Regional Gallery in NSW, and Craft ACT in Canberra. This exhibition has been developed by Louise Hamby and the Gapuwiyak Community in partnership with the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.  We acknowledge the generous support of Visions of Australia in providing funding assistance for the development and tour of Women with Clever Hands.

Tour dates

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: 3 September - 31 October 2010

Flinders University Art Museum: 25 March - 8 May 2011

Melbourne Museum: 27 May - 28 August 2011

Tamworth Regional Gallery: 3 December 2011 - 21 January 2012

Object: Australian Centre for Design: 30 March - 9 June 2012

Craft ACT: 8 February - 17 March 2013

This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.

Visions of Aust 

Women with Clever Hands: Education Resources

Download EdKit_Final.pdf Education Kit (5.38MB)

Download EdKit_Attachments_Final.pdf Education Kit Attachments (4.7MB)


Tour De Force: In case of emergency break glass

Touring nationally 2011-2012

Tour De Force: In Case Of Emergency Break Glass highlights the work of eight progressive Australian artists who have made work that breaches the traditional ideas, methods and materials of glass making. The exhibition brings new focus to the medium of glass, particularly the conceptual branch of the practice. Masterfully crafted and exquisitely realised, this provocative exhibition is a celebration of genuine artistic integrity - and as such is set to both challenge and inspire a new generation of studio glass artists.

Curated by renowned glass rebel Megan Bottari, Tour de Force is not for the faint of heart.

Tim Horn White Death 2009
Tim Horn, White Death 2009, crystallised rock sugar, foamcore, hot glue, varnish

Tour dates

artisan: 11 February - 17 April 2010

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: 21 January - 13 March 2011 

JamFactory, Adelaide: 25 March - 7 May 2011

Bega Valley Regional Gallery: 14 May - 25 June 2011

Craft ACT: 30 June - 6 August 2011

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum: 16 September - 22 October 2011

Noosa Regional Gallery: 3 November - 11 December 2011

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville: 16 December 2011 - 26 February 2012

Tweed River Art Gallery: 23 March - 6 May 2012

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery: 29 June - 12 August 2012

Toowoomba Regional Gallery: 15 October - 25 November 2012

Tour De Force: In Case Of Emergency Break Glass is a project developed by artisan and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, curated by Megan Bottari and toured by Museum & Gallery Services Queensland. The exhibition tour is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments.

Artisan  MGS QLD  Visions of Aust

Qld Govt   Aust Govt Aust Co Colour   Vis Art Craft QLD


Tour De Force: Education Resources

Download TDF_EDU_KIT_edited3.pdf Tour De Force Education Kit (752KB)