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Child's drawing from Ernabella


Child's drawing from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured child's drawing on a grey ground. The drawing is of four flowers with pale green leaves that protrude in pairs on either side of long stems. The flowers at the top of each stem are in different colours with petals and a central circle. Each flower and stem is completely outlined in a colour other than that used for the flower and outlined again in black. Signed top right corner.

Statement of significance

The collection comprises a broad range of objects including batiks, pokerwork carvings, paintings and pastel drawings on paper and other art and craft items, bibles and school readers in Pitjantjatjara, drawings by school children, photograph albums, videos and a small number of stone implements.

The collection is significant for the depth and range of material associated with a single Aboriginal settlement at Ernabella, now known as Pukatja, its art centre and with Deaconness Winifred Hilliard who was the Arts Advisor to Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. The collection largely dates to this period. Along with other material previously donated by Hilliard, this collection documents the history of Ernabella and the women's art movement there between, but not limited to, 1954 and 1986.

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