Artbank acquires Ellen José Art Award for young women finalist artwork

Artbank purchased the artwork through their unique Government visual arts program and access initiative that supports artists through acquisition.

Ngayuku Ngura (My country) (2022) by Anangu artist Emma Singer was a finalist in the Ellen José Art Award for young women, currently on display at Bayside Gallery.

Singer is a young leader within the APY Lands community of Mimili in South Australia. She is one of a new generation of young women painting the ancient stories of her land via a matrilineal passing of knowledge.

Ngayuku Ngura (My country) (2022) is a monumental six-panel painting, depicting a landscape comprising of ancient and contemporary pathways, waterholes, spinifex fields and campsites. The work merges ancient knowledge with the artist’s experience of contemporary life, which has changed dramatically over several generations.

Singer’s work will join one of the largest collections of contemporary Australian art in the world. The collection is home to some of the best examples of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artwork produced over the past four decades.

Watch Artist Profile: Emma Singer

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