Ngurra Kuju Walyja — One Country One People — The Canning Stock Route Project tells an intercultural and intergenerational story of community, collaboration and reconciliation. Initiated by FORM in 2006, the Project always aimed to be more than the production and presentation of art: asking audiences to get to know the artists, and learn from their stories and aspirations, to explore the cultural diversity of Aboriginal communities and their interconnections with each other and their Country and their part in a greater Australian story.
The Canning Stock Route cuts a single line across three deserts — the Great Sandy, the Little Sandy and the Gibson — along nearly 2000 kilometres of unforgiving dirt track and hundreds of sandhills. Although the non-Indigenous history of the stock route is fairly well-known, the Aboriginal story has until now only been glimpsed in paintings of celebrated Aboriginal artists like Rover Thomas and Eubena Nampitjin. The Canning Stock Route Project set out to tell this story through Aboriginal art and in Aboriginal voices. Working directly with the art centres, the Canning Stock Route Project researched the artists’ connections to the