The Cross Art Projects. Artist Exhibition, Debra Phillips, A talker’s echo. 2023

Art Year in Review 2020 — December 2020

Thank you artists, activists, curators and friends for helping us explore the multiple relationships between art and the public sphere. The year was generative and unearthed much that would otherwise be concealed. Let Us Stand Together!

Let Us Stand Together
by Warren H. Williams

Moon Cube Design


By the Stars, Wind & Ocean Currents. Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Bulthirrirri Wunungmurra & Nawurapu Wunungmurra

Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Swords/Serpents/Lightning, 2019. Natural pigments on bark, 162 X 75 cm (3823-19).  

Bark paintings and Larrakitj by Nawurapu Wunungmurra.


Particulate Matter: A fossil fuelled future? Alison Clouston & Boyd / Jacky Green / Iltja Ntjarra: Benita Clements, Ricky Connick, Selma Coulthard, Vanessa Inkamala, Gloria Pannka, Mervyn Rubuntja, Hilary Wirri, Betty Namatjira Wheeler / Fiona MacDonald

Particulate Matter: A Fossil Fuelled Future? Window painting: Fiona MacDonald, Mining Galilee, 2020. Image Source: Aerial Photo by Paul Hamilton of Alpha Coal Project Test, Hancock Prospecting, chairman Gina Rinehart, Galilee Basin, 2012 (painted by Steve Smith).

Fiona MacDonald, Mining Jericho, 2013 Inkjet print, 62 x 46 cm.

Image Sources: Aerial Photo by Paul Hamilton of Alpha Coal Project Test, Hancock Prospecting, chairman Gina Rinehart, Galilee Basin, 2012; Mercer Photographic Studio negative archive, collection Rockhampton City Library.

Alison Clouston & Boyd, Coalface 4, 2020. Climate Emergency Rally, Sydney Town Hall, 22 February 2020. 

Jack Green, Our Dreamings Our Life, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm (#403-19). Connected to the Land: Angelina Karadada Boona


Connected to the Land: Angelina Karadada Boona, Betty Bundamurra, Mary Punchi Clement & Mrs Taylor

Connected to the Land, The Cross Art Projects, 2020  

Angelina Karadada, (L to R, installation) Wandjina Emerging I, Wandjina Emerging, Wandjina Emerging III, Wandjina Emerging II, Wandjina Emerging IV

Betty Bundamurra (L) Kira Kiro’s Song Lines About the Land, 2020, 60 x 60 cm & (R) Kira Kiro Happy Spirits, 2018, 60 x 60 cm, both natural ochre and pigment on canvas


Fire and Brimstone: Therese Ritchie, Chips Mackinolty, Todd Williams & Djon Mundine

Ritchie, Mining is sacred, 2020. Ilford Galerie Prestige Cotton Rag Smooth 300gsm, 50 x 80cm.

Williams, Coals new world, 2020. Ilford Galerie Prestige Cotton Rag Smooth 300gsm 80 x 50cm.

Chips Mackinolty, Hell hath no fury, 2020, 64 x 40 cm. Todd Williams, Budget Regards, 2020, 64 x 40 cm.

Therese Ritchie, Koala, 2020, 64 x 40 cm.

Todd Williams, Koala Rapture, 2020, 64 x 40 cm.

Djon Mundine, Wali (Possum-Marsupial), 2020, moving image artwork


Re/construction: Jack Mundey & the Green Bans  

Fiona MacDonald, Practical Democracy, (Taking it to Melbourne Trades Hall), 2020. Watercolour on Arches 300gsm paper. 53 x 71cm. Photo: Mike Oakey  

Marion Marrison, Jack Mundey, 1975, silver gelatin print, 40.6 x 56.2 cm (mounted size) (detail)

Marion Marrison, selected photographs

Installation view, Re/construction. Jack Mundey & the Green Bans, The Cross Art Projects, 2020. 

Fiona MacDonald, Practical Democracy – Thank you Jack, 2020, limited edition teatowel, silk-screen on linen (detail)

(L) Chips Mackinolty, Green Bands Forever (after Mick Fowler), 2020, digital print on Ilford Galerie Prestige Cotton Rag 300 gsm (R) Willow Grove heritage action material recreations

Trades Hall Collection, Jack Mundey Archives, curated by Neale Towart & Bill Pirrie.


Approximately Infinite Universe: Naminapu Maymuru-White & Galuma Maymuru

Naminapu Maymuru-White, Milngiyawuy, 2020. 140 x 84 cm (2628-20)

Naminapu Maymuru-White, Milngiyawuy / River of Stars, 2017. Set of 4 works. All screenprint on paper, 56 x 78 cm. 2 sets available. (4001-17-13/15). Printed at ANU by Alison Alder.

(Left) Galuma Maymuru, Gunyan, 2016, ochre on bark, 185 x 66 cm (4377A). Galuma maymuru, Muthi Muthi, 2014, ochre on bark, 174 x 93 cm (4628U).

(Right) Galuma Maymuru, Mirriya, 2016. Larrakitj, 236 cm (4835-16). Galuma Maymuru, Noykal, 2016. Larrakitj, 238 cm (1279-16).

(Right) Larrakitj (hollow pole), earth pigments on stringybark. (Left) Naminapu Maymuru-White, Milngiyawuy, 2019. Larrakitj, 183 x 18 cm (5188-19). Naminapu Maymuru-White, Milngiyawuy, 2019. Larrakitj, 189 x 15 cm (4979-19). Naminapu Maymuru-White, Milngiyawuy, 2019. Larrakitj, 162 cm (4441-19)

Photo of Dr Denise Salvestro Courtesy of Peter Rix. Background by Silversalt