sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Hermannsburg Potters

The Hermannsburg Potters are a dedicated group of Western Arrarnta artists creating vibrant handmade ceramic pots that encompass collective and individually lived histories in their distinct Country. The Hermannsburg artists continue a 30-year legacy, sculpting and painting their visual histories … Continue reading

Tjunkaya Tapaya

Tjunkaya grew up at the Ernabella Mission. In mission days, the building which is now the art centre was originally used as a food hall by the missionaries. In 1948 it became the Craft Room, where the first work was … Continue reading

Rupert Jack

“Jack’s enigmatic pots use the clay surface as the palimpsest upon which to place his unique take on the traditional stories and legends from his community at Ernabella.” (Glenn Barkley, 2016) Rupert Jack is a senior Pitjantjatjara artist at Ernabella … Continue reading

Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya

Thomas was a founding artist and Chairman of Tjurma Arts, an art centre established on Tjurma homelands nearby to the Amata community. He is son of Katanari Tjilya and nephew to Hector Burton. Thomas is the rising star of the … Continue reading

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth’s work comments on the environmental change that has occurred in on country due to the introduction of non-native flora and fauna such as cattle farming and weeds like buffel grass (officially declared as a weed by South Australia) and … Continue reading

Lynette Lewis

Lynette’s father’s Country is a place called Makiri, located east of Ernabella near the Fregon community. This is Country is tjala tjukurpa (honey ant dreaming).  Tjala or Honey Ants are found about a metre underground beneath Mulga trees. The Honey … Continue reading

Carlene Thompson

Carlene creates innovative, new work that alludes to her Father’s Country, Kanpi, in which the creation being is ‘Kalaya’, or emu. Her pieces encompass the cultural richness that Carlene possesses as a proud Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara woman. The intergenerational transfer of Indigenous … Continue reading

Alison Milyika Carroll

Alison Milyika’s artwork reflects her identity as a contemporary and senior Pitjantjatara Yankunytjatjara woman. Often, the patterns and line work seen in her artwork are inspired by woman’s ceremonial painting on the body or landmarks seen in the Anangu Pitjantjatara … Continue reading

Derek Jungarrayi Thompson

Sabbia Gallery represents the premier ceramic artists from Ernabella including Alison Milyika Carroll, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Elizabeth Dunn, Rupert Jack, Lynette Lewis, Carlene Thompson, Derek Jungarrayi Thompson and Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya. Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest, continually running Indigenous art … Continue reading

Pepai Jangala Carroll

“Art is also a type of memory theatre for Pepai Jangala Carroll. Although based for decades in Pukatja…Carroll’s custodial home country is his father’s country near Kintore in the Northern Territory. Carrying the recurring title of Walungurru, in this naming, … Continue reading