Yartitji Heffernan

Yartitji Heffernan — 'Manta II', 2024


Manta - meaning Earth in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara is an exhibition that brings together works by some of the most dynamic artists from the APY Lands as they showcase their material eclecticism. The carved, painted or woven surface communicates each artists Tjukurpa, speaking of their physical and spiritual connecting to Country. These works display the inspiration artists take from the manta and how it is represented not only in the motif but in the medium itself.  

APY Art Centre Collective x Craft

June 20 – July 27

Craft has partnered with APY Art Centre Collective to present the works from 6 artist that represent the many communities and art centres which are at the heart of the APY lands. These include Ninuku Arts, Tjala Arts, Umoona Arts and APYACC's Adelaide studio.

Beverly Burton / Frank Young / George Cooley / Yatitji Heffernan / Alfred Lowe 

Yartitji Heffernan was born near Mulga Park station near Ernabella. Her parents were both Pitjantjatjara, her father was from Angkatja and her mother was from Umutju. Yartitji moved to Adelaide in 2010 and has been painting at the APY Adelaide Studio since it opened in May 2019. Yartitji paints at the studio on a daily basis and alongside the senior women, she is an important leader and teacher in the centre, encouraging young artists in their emerging practice.

Kapi Tjukula - The Circles of this design represent rock hole, where water collects after the rains. These rock holes were an important source of water during the dry seaon when most of the water holes and creeks dry up. Water is an essential element in the desert. Knowledge of rock hole sites is passed on from generation to generation and revered by all Anangy (people) Pitjantjatjara.

Founded in 2017, the APY Art Centre Collective is an initiative that provides support, resources and opportunities for First Nations artists from the APY Lands and beyond. Through exhibitions, workshops, and cultural exchanges, the collective aims to promote Indigenous voices, foster cross-cultural understanding, and generate economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.  

Read about the exhibition.

Material: Clay sculptural vessel

Dimensions:  30 x 25cm

Cat. no: 363-24AS

1 piece in stock.

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