Kingdom of the Netherlands commemorative print portfolio

'The Record Keepers' photo-lithograph by Karen Casey

'The Record Keepers' photo-lithograph by Karen Casey

'i'  etching by Allan Mansell

'i'  etching by Allan Mansell

'The-Maccasan Prahu' linocut by Dhuwarrarr Marika

'The-Maccasan Prahu' linocut by Dhuwarrarr Marika

'Jilamara' etching and aquatint by Murray Janice

'Jilamara' etching and aquatint by Janice Murray

'Untitled' etching by Gary Namponan

'Untitled' etching by Gary Namponan

'Old Spirit of the Sea'  aquatint by Laurel Nannup

'Old Spirit of the Sea'  aquatint by Laurel Nannup

'Thoughts on first contact' lithograph by Chris Pease

'Thoughts on first contact' lithograph by Chris Pease

'Moon Sisters Story' linocut by Leonie Pootchemunka

'Moon Sisters Story' linocut by Leonie Pootchemunka

'Yirrinkiri Jilamara' etching by Pedro Wonaeamirri

'Gawarrk (Woman turned into rock)' linocut by Dulamari (Djalind Yunupingu)

'Gawarrk (Woman turned into rock)' linocut by Dulamari (Djalind Yunupingu)

Australian Print Workshop was commissioned by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2006 to produce a limited edition print portfolio to commemorate 400 years of Dutch contact with Australia and to acknowledge the special role of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia in these early contacts with the Dutch.                  

The theme of the project was 'first encounters'. The portfolio was titled ‘Duyfken’ after the first Dutch ship that made landfall on the shores of Australia in 1606.

Ten indigenous artists, from regions around Australia which were visited by the Dutch 400 years ago, were given the opportunity to produce a permanent record of this commemoration in the form of a limited edition print, to be included in the commissioned Portfolio. The artists came to Melbourne to work with APW Printers and produce their print for the Portfolio.

The Artists were: Karen Casey and Allan Mansell from Tasmania, Dulamari (Djalinda Yunupingu) and Dhuwarrwarr Marika from north-east Arnhem Land, Janice Murray and Pedro Wonaeamirri from Melville Island, Garry Namponan and Leonie Pootchemunka from Aurukun, western Cape York Peninsula, and Laurel Nannup and Chris Pease from south Western Australia.

The portfolio was presented as a boxed set in an edition of 50. A number were donated by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the projects sponsors to major public art museums throughout Australia and overseas including: National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of SA, Queensland Art Gallery, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands; and The British Museum, London.

The Portfolio was launched in Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, on Saturday 28 October 2006.

The Portfolio was also exhibited at the APW Gallery in Melbourne and at other venues around Australia.

This significant project was realised through a highly successful creative partnership between Australian Print Workshop, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and four corporate partners – Forbo, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, and Wesfarmers.

In May 2007, APW was awarded a Gold Medal for the Duyfken Folio at the prestigious 24th National Print Awards - the equivalent of the printing industry's Oscars.

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Duyfken catalogue