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
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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
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 paintings are available for sale through reputable galleries
and directly from the community through our Warakurna