Punuku Tjukurpa – touring exhibition of works from Maruku Arts archive

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Presented by Artback NT

Opening Friday 9 November

Ka punu nganampa tjuta palya ananyi tjana nyakuntjaku. Wiru nyangatja. Tjana nyakula kulilpai alatji palyalpai munu memory tjuta ngananana Kanyilpai.

“It is good that our carvings should go out to the world for all to see. This is a good thing. People can see and understand how things are made and that we have a lot of memories [in our collection].”
Niningka Lewis, Artist

Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition of Anangu story, Law and culture as told through intricate punu carvings, artworks and artefacts. First shown at the South Australian Museum, this exhibition of works from the Maruku Arts archive based at Mutitjulu near Uluru, ends its significant national tour with a symbolic desert homecoming at the Araluen Arts Centre.

Accompanying the exhibition is a bespoke mobile app* to provide deeper engagement with the diverse works featured in Punuku Tjukurpa.

Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition showcasing a rich, sacred history and deserves national attention. The show will be touring to regional and metropolitan venues around the country until 2018.

Punuku Tjukurpa includes 88 punu objects, alongside sculptural works, 2D pieces and specially produced audio and video footage. Pieces in Punuku Tjukurpa include works made by three generations of artists for whom the tradition of wood carving and painting has been passed down. Artists have shared the teaching of stories that inform the intricate designs and markings incorporated in the objects. The title of the exhibition, Punuku Tjukurpa, describes the story and the Law behind these works.

Selected artworks in Punuku Tjukurpa have been audio described for visitors with visual impairment. Delivered via MP3 players at the venue, these audio descriptions assist in increasing access to the arts and enable those with an impairment to still be immersed in the exhibition.

More information can be found on Artback NT’s website – https://www.artbacknt.com.au/index.php/visual-arts/punuku-tjukurpa/

*This app is available for free from iTunes and Google Play stores.

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