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on-Country: Aboriginal Art Fundraiser

To raise money for a unique collaboration on the Tarkine campaign, The Wilderness Society is offering for sale an incredible collection of Aboriginal art accumulated over decades by a generous supporter. The collection features a wide variety of spectacular Aboriginal art from mainland Australia, augmented by the works of Tasmanian Aboriginal artists.


The extensive collection includes work by significant Aboriginal artists from communities in Central Australia, Arnhemland, The Kimberley and Tiwi Islands, with contributions from Tasmanian Aboriginal artists. It includes paintings on canvas, bark and archival paper, in ochre and acrylic medium, didgeridoos, bark baskets (tunga), painted shells and wooden carvings. Artists include Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrick, Ningura Napurrula, George Ward Tjungurrayi and Elizabeth Nyumi.


The Wilderness Society and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre are collaborating on a project to research, share and protect the natural and cultural values of takayna/Tarkine.  
Through a series of ‘on-Country’ expeditions to the takayna coast, the collaboration will research and record natural and cultural heritage values to inform the development of a management plan for the region. At the same time, participants will clean 4WDer’s rubbish and marine debris off the beaches, dunes and middens.
Of course, while there, participants will share knowledge, perspectives and experiences and build connections across our communities to empower the ongoing campaign to protect this landscape. 


This eclectic art collection was donated by Sharyn Yelverton. Sharyn moved to Alice Springs in 1971 and was privileged to travel to Aboriginal communities with her husband, commissioned to paint portraits of Aboriginal artists. She operated numerous galleries in Darwin and Uluru until 1989.

In 2000, Sharyn took part in a Wilderness Society tour of the Styx Valley, and was devastated by what she saw. Sharyn sold her house to help fund our campaign to protect these old growth forests. Sharyn’s generosity supported a comprehensive campaign for the protection of the Styx and other forest areas, successfully concluded in 2013 with their addition to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. 
While the Styx is now safe, other forests like those in takayna/ Tarkine remain threatened by logging and mining and the push to expand 4WD tracks across Aboriginal heritage needs to be stopped for good. 

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