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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.
About the exhibition
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.
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.
The Warakurna paintings are not just art, they recount incidents and remember people that have impacted on the artists' lives.
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
Exhibition launch at the National Museum on 6 December 2012
The exhibition has been on show at:
- National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 7 December 2012 – 3 November 2013
- Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine, Northern Territory, 20 June – 2 August 2014
- Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, South Australia, 19 December 2014 – 26 January 2015
- Western Australian Museum, Geraldton, Western Australia, 13 March – 24 May 2015
- Western Australian Museum, Albany, Western Australia, 6 June – 24 August 2015
- Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, 19 September – 25 October 2015
- Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia, 7 November 2015 – 10 January 2016
- Griffith Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 16 January 2016 – 27 April 2016
- Cowra Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 25 June – 31 July 2016
- Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 12 August – 24 September 2016
- New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, New South Wales, 11 November 2016 – 5 February 2017
- Griffith Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 18 February – 26 March 2017
- Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, 1 September – 22 October 2017
- Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria, 1 December 2017 – 11 March 2018
- Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Queensland, 26 May – 4 August 2018
- Warwick Art Gallery, Queensland, 24 August – 6 October 2018