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Kunturu Kulini: Heart Listening

A show with Maruku collective artists.

  • Rene Kulitja
  • Lucinda James
  • Francine Kulitja
  • Kathryn Queama
  • Margaret Cotchilli
  • Niningka Lewis
  • Selina Kulitja
  • Yuka Trigger
  • Freda Teamay
  • Nelly Patterson
  • Beryl DeRose
  • Marlene Connelly.

Nganana tjamunya, kaminya kulira wanalpai: ngura nganampa tjuta, Tjukurpa tjutatjara. Kulilkatipaila walytja piti, ngura, Tjukurpa winki. Kuruntula uwankara kulilpai.

“We listen to our grandfathers and grandmothers and we follow their teachings: of all our lands and the stories and law that they hold.

We can feel our families, our country, our culture in everything we do. We hear everything in our hearts. We hear it all with our heart, mind, body and soul as one.” – Rene Kulitja.

This exhibition became an opportunity to create a show with Maruku collective artists, who had expressed the desire to paint for an exhibition.

It meant stepping into a renewed strategy for studio practice in painting. Especially for the younger artists who have had little opportunity to create work for exhibition.

A series of meetings led by senior artist and Maruku director Rene Kulitja were held with the group. These meetings culminated in a bush camp workshop, with extended family, kids and camp dogs all in tow.

For a week the artists camped in the sand dunes near Uluru. Hauling firewood and water, organising the camp kitchen, mixing paint, cutting canvas, talking and not talking, resolving dramas, telling stories, singing, dancing, fighting, crying and praying.

It is from here, the Heart Listening exhibition has evolved.



Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm

Wednesday 7 November to Sunday 25 November 2018


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