We have worked with Warnayaka Arts in Lajamanu to bring this diverse and beautiful collection of art to Canberra and it is now on show at Winya’s showroom, Level 1, 15-17 East Row, off London Circuit until 24 April. The majority of the income from sales go to the artists who live and create their art in Lajamanu.
Watch a video of life at Warnayaka Arts on ICTV Play
The community of Lajamanu is 580kms south west of Katherine, Northern Territory in the Tanami desert. The community is very remote with a population of around 900 Warlpiri people. The older generation still remember the first time they met white Australians.
The most important thing expressed by the artists across the generations is the need to preserve and pass on the knowledge of Warlpiri culture. This encompasses not only art, but includes language, social structure, law and country. In doing so it is understood that excellence in art, prosperity from art sales, employment opportunities and preservation of pride in being Warlpiri will result. Each painting is embedded with this culture knowledge often depicting the dreaming stories that when painted, strengthens their connection to land and family.
The art centre is a place for a cup of tea and a song and dance, and then a trip into the Spinifex desert to look for goanna and lizards or to collect bush coconut, bush banana, yams and bush honey from native bees.
The gallery will be open for viewing by appointment and also on: