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Image Daniel Walbidi, 'Kirriwirri', 2010

TLF ID M014300

This is a painting by Mangala/Yulparija artist Daniel Walbidi (b1983) depicting his grandfather and grandmother’s country on his father’s side. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, ‘unDisclosed’, at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in 2012. More of Walbidi's work, as well as further information about him, can be viewed on the NGA website by searching for 'undisclosed'; information about the other artists and the themes of the exhibition can also be found there. Text onscreen gives information about the painting, exploring the layers of fine dotted lines that reveal the sandhills and salt lakes of his desert country. It also explores the importance of Walbidi as a significant emerging artist. The painting measures 152.5 cm high x 152.5 cm wide and was painted with synthetic polymer paint on canvas.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the 7-8 and 9-10 year bands in the visual arts curriculum, especially for those content descriptions that refer to considering the broader context of works of art, such as their social, cultural and historical context and role of the artist and of the audience/s. It may also be useful for teachers of history in years 3 and 4, particularly in relation to content descriptions about the importance of connection to Country for Aboriginal peoples. In 2007, Walbidi visited his country for the first time with Elders, reacquainting themselves with their ancestors and the landscape. This experience was so significant it had a great impact on Walbidi's art practice.
  • The work is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies one of the priority's organising ideas in relation to Aboriginal peoples: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have unique belief systems and are spiritually connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways. The resource also connects to another organising idea: Australia acknowledges the significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people locally and globally. At the age of 16, Daniel Walbidi gathered support to develop a community of artists, to document the stories of country within the community.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
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  • Text
  • Resource: © National Gallery of Australia 2013 (except where otherwise indicated). Image: © the artist, courtesy of Short St Gallery, Broome. This material may be used, reproduced, published, communicated and adapted free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes until 30 June 2018, provided all copyright notices and acknowledgements are retained.