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The Wave Hill/Jinparrak/Canberra Exchange was the third episode of a cultural exchange, operating since 2007 between Megalo Print Studio in Canberra and Kalkarindji in the Northern Territory.


Megalo’s relocation to our new studios in Kingston was launched with an exhibition of work culminating from the Jinparrak/Wave Hill/Canberra Exchange. The occasion was presided over by Ms Matilda House, Ngambri elder and was opened by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales.

During the project, six Aboriginal artists, four from the Northern Territory and two from New South Wales, made new work over a two-week period for the exchange. The artists worked in collaboration with the printmakers from Megalo Print Studio, to develop a suite of screen prints and lithographs. The prints express country, history, the past and the future as well as the impact of decisions made at Parliament House.

left: Jimmy Wavehill sharing a seat at the launch with Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC AVO, Governor of New South Wales.

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery would like to thank the artists – Michael Huddleston, Rachael Morris, Violet Wadrill, Biddy Wavehill, Jimmy Wavehill & Zona Wilkinson; Karungkarni Art & Culture Centre Manager Penny Smith; Brenda L. Croft; the printers – Alison Alder, Ingeborg Hansen, John Hart, Megan Jackson & Millan Pintos-Lopez; Peter Jordan and Surya Bajracharya; Dale Huddleston and the Riverbank Band; assistance and support – Peter Van de Maele, Charlie Ward, Terry Clear, Galia Hardy & Alan Hardy; Tina Baum, National Gallery of Australia; Ash Pollock-Harris, AIATSIS; Kylie Scroope and Kevin Bradley, National Library of Australia; Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC AVO, Governor of New South Wales; the Centenary of Canberra; Robyn Archer, Canberra Centenary Artistic Director; Helen Healey and the team at Helen Healey Events; the Megalo Art Development Fund; Ian Thorpe Fountain for Youth; Megalo Chair, Erica Seccombe & the Megalo Board of Management; and the ACT Government.

wavehill exchange screen prints: On loan to Canberra Museum and Gallery

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