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Governance Training

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Governance Training

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I am the Chairwoman for Warakurna Artists. It’s really important that we work together with other Yarnangu [Aboriginal] owned and operated art centres. In March 2005 Warakurna Artists opened its studio and in June we started our governance training.

In this painting you can see Mr Peter Shepherd. He’s a whitefella from Darwin and he’s been helping us learn good business. Sitting next to him is KT [Kathy Tozer]. She interprets for us in language. All us minyma [women] and wati [men] are listening and you can see the art centre managers too. They are listening too, we are all learning together about money story, marketing and the ORIC [Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations] rules.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

A painting with a background of alternate bands of purple and orange dots . In the upper centre section there is a table at which two figures are sitting. Around this are grouped a number of people either sitting on chairs or on the ground.
Governance Training, 2012, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 760 x 1010 mm.
Eunice Yunurupa Porter portrait.
Photo: Tim Acker.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter
born 1948
Yiparrka skin group

Eunice Yunurupa Porter is a respected leader and artist in the Warakurna community. She was born at Wirrkural on the Jameson road out of Warburton mission, and lived with her family in the bush before attending school at Warburton mission from about the age of 10.

In 1974 Porter moved to Warakurna, the country of her late husband, where she still lives with her children and grandchildren. She painted a limited number of works for the Warburton Arts project in the early 1990 and began painting with Warakurna Artists in mid-2005, where she rapidly became one of its most exciting emerging artists with her vibrant interpretations of powerful Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) and contemporary stories.

Porter is a well-known dancer and ritual leader who regularly participates in turlku (ceremony). She was elected to Warakurna Artists Executive at its inception and has been the chairperson since 2006. For many years she has also had a leadership role in community development projects

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