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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.

Warakurna on tour: now showing at the South Australian Museum

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes is on show at the South Australian Museum, Adelaide, from 29 August to 10 December 2014.

IP Australia free workshop for indigenous artists

Protect your creative expression: a free workshop for Indigenous artists

20 November 2014, 9.30am - 1pm
South Australian Museum, Adelaide
Free entry

In conjunction with Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes at the South Australian Museum, IP Australia is presenting 'Protect your creative expression', a free workshop on copyright and other intellectual property issues for Indigenous artists.

One-on-one consultations with Copyright Lawyer Stephanie Faulkner available by appointment.

Register at: www.ipaustralia.gov.au/events
Contact: Chris Hayward, 0404 822 625

pdf Download the workshop details (PDF 2.2mb)


Warakurna
will also be on show at the following venues:

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, South Australia, 19 December 2014 to 26 January 2015

Western Australian Museum, Geraldton, Western Australia, 7 March to 24 May 2015

Western Australian Museum, Albany, Western Australia, 8 June to 23 August 2015

Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 4 September to 25 October 2015

Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia, 6 November to 31 December 2015

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

audio_w15 Listen to the launch of Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes  

The exhibition was on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 7 December 2012 to 3 November 2013 and at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine, Northern Territory, 20 June to 2 August 2014.