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Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes


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Warakurna opening soon in Canberra

7 December 2012 to 3 November 2013. Free. First Australians Focus Gallery.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Gallery tour with artists

Friday 7 December 2012, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Join Warakurna Artists as they walk through the Warakurna exhibition and generously share their stories. Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours). Free.

Ken Shepherd at work.
Ken Shepherd at work. Photo: TIm Acker.