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Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of First Nations artworks created by Warlpiri people in Australia's Northern Territory in the 1950s and beyond.

Warlpiri Drawings was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 15 August 2014 to 28 June 2015 and then at Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, Darwin from 5 August to 23 October 2015.


Yuwa! Yapa-patu, Yurtumu-wardingki, Lajamanu-wardingki, nyurrula karnalunyarra pardupardu-mani nganimparlu nyampukurra Museum-kirra

Hey! All you Warlpiri people from Yuendumu and Lajamanu, we greet you with enthusiasm as you come here,to the Museum.

About the exhibition Discover how this exhibition is about things that we know, and things that we don’t know, and probably never will.
Sound and vision Explore videos from the Walpiri people and listen to public talks about Walpiri Drawings.
Drawings Discover how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change.


Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future was a display of important early works from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, in celebration of the institute's 50th anniversary.

This exhibition was curated for the National Museum of Australia by Dr Melinda Hinkson, Australian National University, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation, Mrs Joan Meggitt, Pintupi Anmatyerre Warlpiri Media Association, and the assistance of the traditional owners and community members of Yuendumu and Lajamanu.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1964-2014.Australian National UniversityWarlukurlangu Artists of YuendumuWarnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation

Companion book

The exhibition is accompanied by a book, Remembering the Future: Warlpiri Life Through the Prism of Drawing by Dr Melinda Hinkson, published by Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra.

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