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Warakurna art and communityWarakurna Community

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Warakurna is a remote community situated in the Ngaanyatjarra lands on the Great Central Road, Western Australia, near the Northern Territory border, approximately 330 kilometres west of Uluru. The township of approximately 180 people is located next to the Giles meteorological weather station, and is nestled amongst the spectacular Rawlinson Ranges. For a map of the region, click here (opens a new browser window).
Warakurna from the air
Approaching Warakurna from the air

 

Warakurna has a long history of artistic expression. Early in 2004 the community was assisted by Ngaanyatjarra Regional Arts to develop its own art centre. After many months of planning and hard work, Warakurna Artists Aboriginal Corporation was established.

Warakurna art centre mural
Mural on Warakurna Art Centre

In March 2005, the art centre was opened amid much enthusiasm and excitement. It is the newest such development in the Ngaanyatjarra region and is fully owned and governed by Aboriginal people. It also services and represents artists from the nearby communities of Tjukurla and Wanarn. Warakurna Artists is an energetic, creative and happy place, where men and women, young and old, paint and share Tjukurrpa (dreaming stories) and contemporary tales.

The paintings are vibrant and diverse, reflecting each artist's unique style, stories and connection to country. Passing on these important stories to young people is a critical means of keeping culture strong and vital.

Warakurna Artists facilitates the production and sale of the artists' art and craft. All paintings are catalogued, with each record containing a photograph of the work, the story it conveys and associated information about the artist.

The paintings are available for sale through reputable galleries and directly from the community through our Warakurna Paintings pages.


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