Revealed: Arnhem Land Barks from the Anita Castan Collection – Yirrkala and Milingimbi

Burke Gallery, Trinity College

This incredibly significant collection of bark paintings from two communities in North East Arnhem Land is both rich in cultural and artistic traditions. In 1963, Yolngu elders had presented the Yirrkala bark petitions to Australia’s federal parliament asserting their traditional custodianship of country. This was a pivotal moment in Australia's march towards Indigenous reconciliation. Formed by Ken Neybert, a young American collector in the mid-1960s who recognised the beauty in Yolngu bark paintings, Anita Castan acquired the collection in the US and returned it to Australia. It remains a deeply important body of art works for the Yolngu communities who produced them.

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Image: Opening night of Revealed: Arnhem Land Barks from the Anita Castan Collection – Yirrkala and Milingimbi