Despard Gallery, in association with Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Alice Springs and Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, is proud to present a curated exhibition of woven artworks by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers alongside two women painters from the Lockhart River region, Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson and Joanne Currie Nalingu from the Maranoa region, South West Queensland.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra PitjantjatjaraYakunytjatjara (NPY) Women’sCouncil, using native grasses to sculpt contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi (meaning grass in Pitjantjatjara language) represents over 400 Anangu/Yarnangu women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands which stretches across approximately 350,000 square kilometres across the tri-states Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Tjanpi field officers regularly traverse this area to visit each community. On these trips, field officers purchase artworks from artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops, and facilitate grass-collecting. While out collecting grass, women are also able to spend time on Country and maintain their culture through gathering food, hunting, performing inma (cultural song and dance), and teaching their children.