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Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

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Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes is an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures that document a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert community of Warakurna.

Tour dates

Monday to Friday only, 11 May to 18 August 2017

Western Sydney University, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Parramatta South Campus, Rydalmere, New South Wales. Please note the Centre is closed at weekends.

31 August to 22 October 2017

Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Bundaberg, Queensland

About the exhibition

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a landscape with a sun and three trees above a scene of two vehicles and groups of people.
Making Paintings, Purnu and Tjanpi, 2011, Roshanna Yinga Williamson, acrylic on canvas.

These paintings combine familiar Western Desert symbols and dots with a new, more figurative style, to recreate scenes of everyday life and to tell historical and contemporary stories.

More on the story themes

The works are the creative vision of a group of artists including Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Jean Inyalanka Burke and Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett.

More on the artists

The Warakurna paintings are not just art, they recount incidents and remember people that have impacted on the artists' lives.

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More about Warakurna

Ngurrangka-latju nyinarra tjamuku kaparliku ngurrangka. Tjukurrpa ngaparrku-ngaparrku nintira nyuntulu-yan kulira nintirrinytjaku. We are living in our grandfathers' and grandmothers' country. We are sharing our stories with you so that you can learn about them.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

Colour photograph showing a group of 16 Aboriginal men and women, and a dog, standing in front of a bright-yellow corrugated iron structure.
Community artists at the Warakurna Artists Art Centre. Photo: Tim Acker.

Exhibition launch at the National Museum on 6 December 2012

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The exhibition has been on show at:

  • Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, 18 February – 26 March 2017
  • New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW, 11 November 2016 to 5 February 2017
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra,7 December 2012 to 3 November 2013
  • Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine, Northern Territory, 20 June to 2 August 2014
  • Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, South Australia, 19 December 2014 to 26 January 2015
  • Western Australian Museum, Geraldton, Western Australia, 13 March to 24 May 2015
  • Western Australian Museum, Albany, Western Australia, 6 June to 24 August 2015
  • Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 19 September to 25 October 2015
  • Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia, 7 November 2015 to 10 January 2016
  • Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Griffith, NSW, 16 January 2016 – 27 April 2016
  • Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW, 25 June 2016 – 31 July 2016
  • Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW, 12 August – 24 September 2016