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Featured artwork by Puuni Nungarrayi

This exquisite work is by emerging artist Puuni Brown Nungarrayi of Papunya Tjupi Arts. Puuni paints the place of her birth – Karinyarra, near Papunya. Her mother, prolific painter Isobel Gorey, was on a bush trip collecting bush onions, when she gave birth to Puuni (in 1979). Puuni’s painting tells a water dreaming story. Water […]

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Minnie Pwerle’s Body Art

Minnie’s artwork reflects the oldest form of body art in the world. It is the body painting for the women’s ceremony – Awely. The women paint each other up using coloured ochre which has been ground up and mixed with animal fat. Using a flat stick they apply the ancient design to the chest, shoulders, […]

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Kudditji Kngwarreye – a tribute

Every now and then along comes an artist who expresses themself in a startling new artistic style. I am thinking of Kudditji Kngwarreye. Born c.1928, Kudditji was a younger brother of the famous Utopian artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Sadly Kudditji passed away on 23rd January 2017, while living at “Old Timers” on the outskirts of […]

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Aboriginal Art Symbols – what do they mean?

Traditionally Aboriginal people have no written language. Their culture is immensely rich, and they believe the world was created during the ‘dreamtime’, or time of creation. The preservation of their culture is imperative, and this is achieved in many ways- dance, song and via the use of symbols/ iconography. Traditionally symbolism of dreamtime events was […]

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Fascinating Honey Ants

Our gallery, Honey Ant Gallery, is named after a fascinating creature, beloved by Indigenous Australians and considered a real delicacy! The honey ant is an important ancestral totem for indigenous Australians. As well, they are important as a food source. They are delicious, tasting like honey with a hint of lime. The three hills at […]

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Memories of Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, a Pitjantjatjara man, was born in the 1920s at Pirupa Akla, country located near the Olgas and to the west of Ayers Rock. By the time he was a young man, most of Whiskey’s family had passed away. Many of his people had begun moving towards Haasts Bluff mission, about 250 kms […]