Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

New Aboriginal art movement showcased at National Museum

New Aboriginal art movement showcased at National Museum
December 7, 2012

An exhibition of unique works from a new Aboriginal art movement emerging from the Western Desert opened at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra today (Friday 7th December) and will be on display until November, 2013.

Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes, a collection of paintings, woven fibre and carved wood sculptures were produced at Warakurna, a community at the foot of the Rawlinson Ranges in Western Australia, 300 kilometres west of Uluru (Ayers Rock). The works are the product of

Warakurna Artists, a thriving art centre in the heart of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Produced in the last two years, the paintings in the Warakurna exhibition are more figurative in style than traditional Western Desert art. The artists from Warakurna use their painting to document their history the coming of explorers, prospectors and missionaries, building roads, missile testing and their return to their homeland.

National Museum of Australia Director Andrew Sayers explained "at the National Museum we are interested not only in history, but also in the way in which historical events have changed the lives of Australians. The painters of Warakurna have produced a unique and original body of artworks. They are extremely valuable as intriguing and first-hand accounts of significant events in the life of an Aboriginal community."

Western Desert people were among the last groups of Aboriginal people in Australia to have contact with Europeans while Warakurna lay in the middle of the flight path of missiles launched from Woomera in the South Australian desert in the 1960s.

The majority of the paintings in the exhibition were donated to the National Museum by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program in 2011. The National Museum purchased a further 10 paintings in 2012. All of the paintings have been included in the Museum's permanent National Historical Collection where they sit alongside early Papunya boards and important works from the Canning Stock Route collection.

For more information go to www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/warakurna/home

Image: Community artists at the Warakurna Artists Art Centre. Courtesy Tim Acker.

Related Articles

21st September 2012 - Boosting Indigenous participation in arts management

28th March 2012 - Inaugural indigenous tourism conference starts

7th July 2011 - ATEC welcomes extra support for indigenous tourism

19th July 2010 - Demand for Australian Indigenous tourism


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

HIDROPLAY

Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

Ecoline

Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business