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International Women's Day

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International Women’s Day is when we celebrate being women and acknowledge the challenges we face and often overcome. These Aboriginal artists lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle before the “white fella” found them in the desert. Given the lack of valuable resources and remoteness of the Warlpiri land the skin groups were mostly left to continue their life unhindered. However, some were pressed into domestic servitude as well as experiencing violence at the hands of the white settlers. The Coniston massacre was amongst some of the worst violence visited upon them seeing many retreating to place like Mt Theo to hide.

The spirit the Warlpiri people retained despite the harshness of the new life thrust upon them has passed onto future generations. Judy ( in the forefront) was instrumental in retaining knowledge of Country by sharing her life stories and Mina Mina Dreaming with the younger children. She was the embodiment of strength and wisdom who became an internationally renowned artist despite all the challenges she and other Warlpiri woman faced.

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Our Aboriginal wallpaper artists at Number 46

Two of our incredibly talented artists who are painfully shy sit outside the art centre where they gather their painting materials before disappearing to paint. On their return they saunter in, often barefoot in clothes, they choose for colour and pattern, clutching exquisite completed works depicting the bush tucker and medicine of their Country. When we visit they are intrigued as to which work we choose to sell or translate into wallpapers. The painting on the art centre wall is inspiring us to upscale the next wallpapers in the collection!

It is a huge privilege to work with these women who empower us through their tenacity, fortitude and innate talent. Funds from each wallpaper goes to them and other artists in the Community providing painting materials, healthcare, transport and schooling in both Aboriginal and Western cultures helping to bridge the gap.

The wallpapers are available from our Cotswolds gallery or online at www.baygalleryhome.com

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Testimonial page

We have recently built a Testimonial page under our About section on the website.  If you have bought from us and would like to give us some feedback please email us at alexandra@baygalleryhome.com and we will add your comments to our site.  

We send products all over the world ensuring they are all the best quality and safely packaged and as such we've never had anything returned, which we're very proud of.  

If you intend to buy from us but are mulling over which wonderful Bay Gallery Home item to buy please keep our Testimonial page in mind should you go ahead with purchasing from us.

 

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Sabrina Nangala Robertson - Featured artist

Sabrina is a young Aboriginal Central Desert artist related to the famous colour field abstractionist Shorty Jangala Robertson;  like Shorty she paints Ngapa Jukurrpa (Pirlinyarnu) inheriting it from her father and grandfather who in turn learnt it from generations across millennia. Her mother is the world renowned artist Dorothy Napangardi (recently featured in the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy). Mount Farewell (Pirlinyarnu) is where Sabrina's Dreaming sits in her traditional lands are.  She has chosen to depict the sacred Dreamtime story, in a way unique to her, where water appears to travel across the canvas with small water soakages encased in the rain drops and native plants and animals dot the land.

In 2014 her work was selected for 'Same Country Same Jukurrpa' at the Australian Museum.  Sabrina's painting was shown alongside hugely important artists of the desert community she comes from including Judy Napangardi Watson, Alma Nungarrayi Granites and Otto Jungarrayi Sims.  The exhibition followed on from the world's first Aboriginal women only exhibition held at the Museum in 1992 entitled 'Woman Artists'.  The new exhibitions aim was to show the development in artistic styles amongst the artists as they moved away from traditional circular dot painting to establish their unique styles as artists whilst sharing their ancestors stories.

You can by the painting in the gallery or online at www.baygalleryhome.com

Ngapa Jukurrpa Pirlinyarnu, Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Acrylic on linen 30x30cm

Ngapa Jukurrpa Pirlinyarnu, Sabrina Nangala Robertson, Acrylic on linen 30x30cm

Father's Day weekend special exhibition 17 - 18 June 2017

Bay Gallery Home is holding a special exhibition for father's over the Father's Day weekend to offering father's a glass of wine or coffee while visiting the gallery on Saturday or Sunday.

Aboriginal Father's teach their children the many skills needed to survive in the harsh Australian outback environment.  They are instrumental in teaching their sons how to hunt and share their wood fashioning expertise to make spears, boomerangs and shields from the incredibly strong Mulga tree found throughout the desert and depicted in many of our paintings.  (we will have examples of these on display) The Father's also teach their young boys and men the Dreamtime stories through secret ceremonies and initiations some of which can take months to complete.  This repetition of the Dreamtime through ceremonial dances and song is essential to the preservation of their culture including the deep knowledge they have of the land, animals flora and fauna.

We wish you all a Happy Father's Day.  

A fantastic new painting currently being stretched ready for our Father's Day exhibition.

A fantastic new painting currently being stretched ready for our Father's Day exhibition.

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Celebrating British Ceramic Tiles in Interiors

Detail of our  award winning Bush Onion 1 ceramic wall tile , from an original Australian Aboriginal painting.

Detail of our award winning Bush Onion 1 ceramic wall tile, from an original Australian Aboriginal painting.

The use of Ceramic Tiles in homes and architecture is as ancient as universal and diverse, which is why this April 2017 saw the launch of Britain's first National Tile Week– "a celebration of tiles, aiming to educate consumers on the quality and versatility of tiles and how they can be used throughout the home."

Our award-winning My Country Aboriginal Art Ceramic Wall Tiles are testament to the expertise of the British Ceramic Tile industry, as it is thanks to our collaboration with Johnson Tiles that we were able to successfully reproduce the intricate detailing and vibrant character of this Art for the very first time in design history. 

Our  award-winning Emu Dreaming ceramic wall tile  from an original Australian Aboriginal painting, samples of which are kept in  the Material Lab tile library  for public consultation.

Our award-winning Emu Dreaming ceramic wall tile from an original Australian Aboriginal painting, samples of which are kept in the Material Lab tile library for public consultation.

We turned to Johnson Tiles after hearing about their specialist Artile service through the British Museum. Using state of the art techniques, Artile painstakingly reproduces any illustration, drawing or picture onto a tile with no loss of detail or colour.

The quality of the reproduction was especially crucial to this enterprise, given that in Australian Aboriginal Art every dot, line, abstract & figurative representation and choice of colour has special meaning and spiritual importance to the Aboriginal people. This interior collection provides a window into a world that many have still not yet had the privilege to see or encounter.

Johnson Tile were a delight to work with, taking on the challenge with dedication, enthusiasm and sensitivity for the nature of our commission — "we weren’t just recapturing an image but a culture, a history, and all of its folklore and traditions. Implementing traditional lithography techniques combined with our state of the art technology and high-res scanning process, we were able to accurately match every detail and colour of Sarah and Geraldine’s paintings."

The original paintings by the contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists we represent, which Johnson Tiles so successfully reproduced onto ceramic tiles.

The original paintings by the contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists we represent, which Johnson Tiles so successfully reproduced onto ceramic tiles.

Tiles, especially ceramic tiles have as many functional advantages as different styles.  The ancient Greeks were prolific tile users, designing tile motifs inspired by abstracted natural forms, developing stylistic standards that still today serve as reference points. Tiles are foremost durable: tough, water-resistant, heat-reflective and help regulate ambient temperature. Decoratively, the breadth and width of contemporary tile designs make it one of the greatest creative assets in interiors.

Our award-winning Bush Onion 1 ceramic wall tile  as a kitchen splash back, adding a subtle element of ochre red & geometry to the clean lines of this contemporary minimalist kitchen design, creating a space with a unique elegance and simplicity.

Our award-winning Bush Onion 1 ceramic wall tile as a kitchen splash back, adding a subtle element of ochre red & geometry to the clean lines of this contemporary minimalist kitchen design, creating a space with a unique elegance and simplicity.

National Tile Week is an initiative of the Devon-based company British Ceramic Tiles, who turned to interior designer Julia Kendell, whose passion for emotionally-connected design inspired her successful TV work on  DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover, inspiring her nickname as 'the Nigella of DIY'. Here are some of her tips and advice on working with tiles:

"I’m a huge advocate of tiles as they are virtually indestructible and brilliantly practical in the home. Hygienic and easy to clean, they will take all the knocks that day–to-day life can throw at them, making them a superior surface material. National Tile Week is a great opportunity to focus on and celebrate tiles in all their colourful glory! It’s a great way to inspire creativity and illustrate the many ways they can be used around the home to create beautiful and unique interiors...

Far from limited to just walls and floors, tiles can be used around the home to create colour and textural interest where you might not expect to find it. Try using them to frame an opening through an open-plan area, or to add a pop of colour to alcoves or chimney breasts – you’ll love the way they look! Added to old furniture they’ll give it new life, along with a one-of-a-kind finish you can’t buy in the shops...

Ceramic tiles are hardy, easy to install and need very little upkeep. They’re also available in a wide range of sizes, prints and finishes, making them a good value, versatile option."

Her top-tips blog is a great practical guide if you are thinking of shopping for tiles.

Our  Emu Dreaming ceramic tile  was the inspiration for this  beautiful Cedar of Lebanon coffee table  design by  The Fine Wooden Article Company,  a Gloucestershire-based designer maker workshop that source all their wood sustainably, and wherever possible locally. 

Our Emu Dreaming ceramic tile was the inspiration for this beautiful Cedar of Lebanon coffee table design by The Fine Wooden Article Company, a Gloucestershire-based designer maker workshop that source all their wood sustainably, and wherever possible locally. 

Our award-winning My Country Australian Aboriginal ceramic wall tile collection is available for sale through our website and is also stocked by national suppliers & showrooms such as Eporta.comKew Stone & Tiles Etc. and available to consult in Material Lab's showroom library.

Our award-winning My Country collection of ceramic wall tiles  , translations from original paintings by the Australian Aboriginal artists of the Central Desert that we represent in the UK.

Our award-winning My Country collection of ceramic wall tiles, translations from original paintings by the Australian Aboriginal artists of the Central Desert that we represent in the UK.