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Greeting card with design by Winifred Hilliard of two children playing game drawing in the sand

1994.0026.0247

Greeting card with design by Winifred Hilliard of two children playing game drawing in the sand

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Physical description

Black print on white Christmas card folded in half. Two small children sitting on the ground each holding a stick in their right hand with the older child digging into the ground with her left hand. 'Milatjunanyi' written in one corner. Inside the card the message is 'Milpatjunanyi- the story game' and on the opposite side, 'Greetings'.

Statement of significance

Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2 comprises a wide range of art and craft items including batik fabrics and clothing, pokerwork animals, acrylic paintings and children's drawings.

Ernabella Arts is significant as one of the longest running Aboriginal art centres. Started in 1949, its artists are mainly women although men have been participating at an increasing rate of late. Over the years, many product lines have been attempted with batik being one of the most successful. It was introduced by Winifred Hilliard who was arts co-ordinator at Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. She is fondly remembered there largely due to role of assisting the artists rather than directing them what forms of art and craft to produce. In terms of the history of indigenous art and craft production in Australia both Ernabella Arts and Deaconess Hilliard hold significant postions.

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