Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The purpose of this site is to share a cross cultural collaboration between a group of indigenous and non indigenous textile artists.

We, that is those involved, proposed that we would find a common ground to both share a process and create individual works. The outcomes would be shown at Tjulyuru Arts Centre in Warburton Ranges in April 2010 and following at Holmes a’Court Gallery in Perth June 2010.

A group of senior Ngaatjatjarra women involved in the Warburton Arts Projects recently completed a series of felts based on paintings they had done previously. The paintings, belonging in the Warburton Ranges community’s own collection, were used as references for the felts. These felts were exhibited at Holmes a Court gallery in Perth 2008. The felting co-ordinator was Sujora Conrad .and this new project has grown from conversations between Sujora, the senior women and three senior Perth based makers.

The women spent time together recently at a camp organised for another purpose forty kms east of Warburton Ranges and a further few days within the community sharing ideas and outcomes in this ongoing process.

Warburton Ranges is 1600 kms from Perth into the Western Desert, that is east by north east of Perth , is approx. 500 kms west of Uluru.

The drive to Warburton takes one through Kalgoorlie ,Laverton and the a long stretch of the Great Central Road for the final 600 kms. There is a single roadhouse enroute and in Warburton apart from the small serviced community there is a roadhouse that offers accomadation.

The Warburton Arts Project was formed in 1989 (then called the Warburton Acrylic Collection) and from then on supported the resident artists by purchasing their paintings for a community owned collection.

Today this collection represents one of the finest Western Desert collections in Australia and certainly the most important collection owned by a community. There are superb canvases which are regularly exhibited within the Tjulyuru Arts Centre In Warburton Ranges. Tjulyuru Arts Centre itself is a purpose designed venue and visitors can always be assured of seeing the finest Western Desert paintings shown there. Warburton Arts Project now managed by Gary Proctor is currently negotiating a selection of the works to be shown in China later this year.

The women involved in “A lot of women making different things” as Tjingapa Davies described it , are Carole Holland, Elizabeth Holland, Lala West, Tjingapa Davies, Nora Holland,, Christine West, Anna Porter Holly Story, Bronwyn Goss. Nalda Searles and co-ordinator Sujora Conrad.

Starting with hand twined string reaching across country, culture and connecting the hands and minds of these malers.

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