16 Mar

Tibetan Rugs

  • March 16, 2018
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We have a range of new Tibetan rugs that have just arrived – These rugs took a long time to get to us (even longer than usual) due to the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, Neapal. These beautiful, unique rugs are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Tibetan rug-making techniques. Hand knotted, using hand dyed wool, each is a made in a community auspiced by the Dalai Llama’s Government in exile in Kathmandu. This project is unusual because the rug is owned by the artists, rather than licensed to a third party. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these rugs guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.

Below is a thesis submitted by Elizabeth Newman  in part requirement for the degree of Master of Social Science (International Development) within the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University on Better World Arts with a focus on the Tibetan Rug Project.

Thesis Tibetan Rugs pdf

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13 Sep

New Clutch Bags

  • September 13, 2017
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Have you seen our new CLUTCH BAGS? Handy leather clutch with bright orange satin lining, an inside zip and a wrist strap to leave your hands free. Big enough to fit your phone and purse, but still small and convenient.
23 x 15cm, $39.70

30 Aug

DAAFF – Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair | 11-13 Aug 2017

DAAFF – Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair | 11-13 Aug 2017

Last weekend we left Adelaide to visit sunny Darwin for the 11th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is at the Darwin Convention Centre with stalls from over sixty Indigenous community Art Centres.

On the first day we spent time catching up with some clients and friends at galleries around Darwin, sharing in a coffee and a chat in the warm weather, then it was off to the Art Fair.
It was great to see such a wide variety of artwork represented from all across Australia – from the vibrant splashes of colours of Martumili Artsist (WA) to the natural ochres and liner designs of Injalak Arts (NT). We the majority of our time exploring the art fair, making connections with new art centres and visiting friends from art centres we have worked with for a long time

The following day we checked out a fantastic exhibition ‘Yirringinkiri Pwoja – On painting and body painting’ at the Hilton Double Tree, a collaborative exhibition by Munupi Arts, Jilamara Arts & Craft Association and Ngaruwanajirri Inc. The exhibition featured a range of works with a limited colour palette of yellow red and white ochres. The exhibition was outstanding and a highlight of our time in Darwin.

After we managed to drag ourselves away from The Tiwi exhibition we were off to The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) at the Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The exhibition represented the highest quality of Aboriginal Art.  It was hard to pick a favourite!

Before our return to Adelaide we checked out Mindil Beach Markets and watched the sun set at The Trailer Boat Club. Thanks to everyone we managed to catch up with in Darwin!
We look forward to bringing some new artwork from art centres around Australia into our galleries in Adelaide. We will see you next year!

 

16 Aug

New Cushion Covers!

  • August 16, 2017
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We’ve received a shipment of stunning new designs. Featuring new designs from Warlukurlangku artists Karen Barnes, Murdie Morris Nampijinpa, Pauline Napangari and some old favourites. Available online & instores now!
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08 Aug

New Product: Eco Mugs, Coming Soon!

  • August 08, 2017
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Inspired by the ABC’s war on waste, we are developing Eco Mugs. Made from bone china with silicone lid and grip, in 6 beautiful, colourful designs. We look forward to stocking these really soon! A product that gives back to Aboriginal Artists, Artisans AND contributes to reducing waste? It’s a win!

15 May

Better World Arts opens new gallery in Norwood!

We are excited to announce the opening of our new store on Norwood Parade on Monday April 10th!
Come in and celebrate with us. Located at 258 The Parade, Norwood – on the corner of Port Rush and The Parade. We have free parking at rear, entering from Port Rush road. The premise comprises of 4 rooms, filled with natural sunlight. Sign up to our emailing list to stay up to date with upcoming exhibitions and events. Currently we will be open Tuesday – Saturday.

15 May

New Paintings from Munupi Arts (Tiwi Islands)

We are pleased to have some new paintings in our galleries from Munupi Arts located along Melville Island’s north-western coastline at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) on the Tiwi Islands.

These beautiful paintings are unlike any other paintings we have had before at Better World Arts, Munupi artists employ ochres, gouache and acrylic paint. Munupi Arts and Crafts are also highly regarded for the diversity of their range of works including painting, pottery, carving, weaving, screen prints, etchings, linocut prints, lithographs and screen printed textiles.

For 25 years Munupi Arts has been a vital meeting place for the Tiwi people of the Pirlangimpi community for employment, cultural pride and well being.  Munupi Art is wholly indigenous owned and governed.

We look forward to showcasing Munupi’s artwork across our three galleries and working with Munupi for a long time to come!

View paintings on our website or in our Norwood Gallery.

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