Central to the Canning Stock Route return to country trip in 2007 were four major artists’ camps. The character of each camp was distinct, with the mood and energy echoing the terrain and the mix of people present: the lush, peaceful space of Durba Springs, the dynamic activity of Kilykily (Well 36), the calm of Kujuwarri (Well 46); and the celebratory gathering at Nyarna (Lake Stretch). These diverse environments, and the coming together of artists from so communities resulted in a body of work that reflected the vitality of people’s relationships with Country and with each other.
The largest of the camps involved seven of the ten art and culture centre groups at Kilykily (Well 36) in Martu Country. The artists brought a passion for painting in Country at Kilykily that transformed the project’s shape and essence. Although the trip had been planned for nine months, it was unclear, even as the main convoy arrived at Kunawarritji (Well 33) from Wiluna, precisely how many people would be attending. Artists from a distant circle of communities began to arrive in buses, charter planes and four-wheel drives.