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Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes

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Warakurna Art; Thriving in the Desert, on show in the Cities
The Western Australia Museum presents an exciting new traveling exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia, entitled "Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes". The Australian Government has assisted this project through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

Be transported to another world by the work of the artists of the Western Desert community of Warakurna. A land that has inspired poets, artists, rock stars and senators alike. The Gibson Desert can be a harsh and unforgiving place, yet in the artworks of the people from Warakurna community there is enthusiasm for life, energy, hope and happiness. It is a place where men and women, young and old, share their stories.

The exhibition consists of contemporary works that document a new art movement created by the Warakurna artists. The works are the creative vision of a group of artists including Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Jean Inyalanka Burke and Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett. Contemporary images from everyday life in Warakurna are depicted in figurative symbols rendered in the traditional style and are combined with the traditional Western Desert symbols passed down to the artists by their elders. The result is colourful and unique but more important is the underlying purpose of the art which is to provide a legacy of stories to pass on to others and the next generation. To remember the people and recount the events that deeply influenced the lives of the Artists. Events as diverse as the impact of mining and weapons testing, community participation in the 2000 Olympics, and a visit by the rock band Midnight Oil. This is not just art; it is the story of the people of Warakurna and their country. It is a legacy of knowledge and experiences and expresses the hope of the Artist that after they are gone, their stories will go on in the minds and the eyes of the next generation.

Entry to the Western Australia Museum is free, although a donation of $5 is appreciated to go towards upkeep of the exhibits. There is no admission fee to the Warakurna exhibit which will be displayed from Saturday 7 November 2015 to Sunday 10 January 2016. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm every day with the exception of ANZAC day (1pm to 5pm) and the museum is closed on the public holidays of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, and Good Friday. Call the Museum toll free on 1300 134 081 for further information or take a look at their website .
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Why? An exhibition of contemporary works that document a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert community of Warakurna.
When: November 7th 2015 to January 10th 2016
Phone: 1300 134 081
Where: Western Australia Museum - Perth Cultural Center James Street
Cost: FREE
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