Regional and remote artists' creativity shines in major cities and around the world

    15 October 2020

    Image caption: Tennant Creek Brio, We are the Living History, 2020. Installation progress view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Cockatoo Island. Image courtesy the artists and Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre. Image credit: Zan Wimberley.

    The Tennant Creek Brio is an artist collective based in the remote town of Tennant Creek in Warumungu country, Northern Territory. The collective was established in 2016 as an Aboriginal men’s art therapy program through Anyinginyi Aboriginal Health Organisation to help men with issues of alcohol and substance misuse.

    Working collectively, the artists are challenged to hone their individual practices by experimenting with new materials and mediums. The Brio's work juxtaposes ancient and contemporary art through the use of discarded televisions and poker machines as canvases for paintings and videos of community life. In 2020, the Brio exhibited as part of NIRIN, the first ever First Nations-led and artist-led Biennale of Sydney.


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