Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes, is a collection of paintings which was 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.
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.
“These paintings provide first-hand accounts of significant events which shaped the lives of an Aboriginal community and help all Australians understand their complex history,” said Dr Mathew Trinca, the director of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
The Warakurna exhibition was launched at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, in December, 2012 and is now touring the country.
Western Desert people were among the last groups of Aboriginal people in Australia to have contact with Europeans. Warakurna lay in the middle of the flight path of missiles launched from Woomera in the South Australian desert in the 1960s.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: Helicopter Ride with Brooksy to See My Father’s Ngurra (Country) 2011 by Ken Shepherd acrylic on canvas
Acknowledgement: © Ken Shepherd courtesy of Warakurna artists
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In 2014 Warwick Art Gallery invited avid knitters and crocheters to band together to make yarn installations for Jumpers and Jazz in July. Their collaborative projects have attracted worldwide attention for juxtaposing the covering of everyday objects with yarn with contemporary design trends, outrageous colour and a massive dose of quirkiness. The outcomes attract thousands of visitors to Warwick Art Gallery but the main achievement has been the collegiate spirit of the group and their enthusiasm and generosity.
With a firm commitment to encouraging participation, team coordinator Loretta Grayson, is looking forward to revealing this year’s masterpiece to the world on the first day of the festival on the 19th of July.
“This year’s project called Home Sweet Home is the outcome of the group’s desire to create an artwork that reminds visitors of childhood treats and playful adventures,” said Loretta, “The installation, which will totally set your taste buds tingling, will completely surround you with colour and wonderful examples of the creativity of the members of the team.”
Home Sweet Home will extend into the garden outside the Gallery with the return of the popular pineapple garden, with a new psychedelic colour scheme.. They will be joined by a flamboyant flock of friends who are set to be the media stars of the festival this year.
The Yarntopians have been assisted in the construction of Home Sweet Home by Warwick Men’s Shed and Warwick Bunnings with grateful thanks to Rob Schulz.
Ann Fogarty describes herself as an “Art Brut’ painter. Art Brut is a French term that translates as 'raw art', invented by the French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art such as graffiti or naïve art which is made outside the academic tradition of fine art. In the Round is an exploration of round shapes that Ann has observed in the natural world and man-made objects.