Kayili Artists is the arts enterprise for the tiny community of Patjarr on the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia. Patjarr is located on the edge of the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve, 240 kilometres north of Warburton. In September 2004 Kayili began operations as an art centre owned and governed by Aboriginal people. The paintings of its artists are known for their vibrant colours, raw painterly quality and vitality. Kayili regularly supports artists and their families on ‘return to Country’ trips, enabling them to maintain the ancestral connections that infuse their work.
Kayili artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Yurnangurnu Nola Campbell, Katapi Pulpurru Davies, Kurltjuniytjinta Jackie Giles, Ngumarnu Norma Giles
Contact Kayili Artists:
Address: PMB 47, VIA ALICE SPRINGS, NT 872
Phone: (08)8954 9137
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Mangkaja Arts began in Fitzroy Crossing in the mid-1980s, in a tin-and-cement shed, from which the artists took their name (mangkaja is the term for a traditional wet weather shelter). Mangkaja’s early training and exhibitions program created wide interest, and in 1991 a landmark show, Karrayili: Ten Years On, was held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide. Mangkaja is an Aboriginal-owned and -governed art centre, run by a board of directors, with representatives from each of four language groups. Fitzroy Crossing is the traditional Country of Bunuba people; the Country of their Gooniyandi neighbours lies to the east, and Walmajarri and Wangkajunga people come from the Great Sandy Desert in the south. Mangkaja’s vivid style, born of this rich intersection of cultures, has attracted global attention.
Mangkaja artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Manmarr Daisy Andrews, Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jarinyanu David Downs, Nyarngkarni Penny K-Lyons, Ngarralja Tommy May, Jukuja Dolly Snell, Ngilpirr Spider Snell, Jawurji Mervyn Street, Wakartu Cory Surprise, Taku Rosie Tarco
Contact Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency:
Address: PO BOX 117, FITZROY CROSSING, WA 6725
Phone: (08) 9191 5833
Ngurra Artists is based in the Ngumpan and Wangkatjungka communities, east of Fitzroy Crossing. In the early 1990s a group of 15 artists began painting, carving and weaving at the Wangkatjungka annexe of the Karrayili Adult Education Centre. Most of these artists were born in the desert to the east of the Canning Stock Route, and in their paintings they record stories of sites in their Great Sandy Desert homeland. Ngurra and Mangkaja artists are closely connected through family and community networks. They also share with Martu people ties to the Country at the northern end of the stock route.
Ngurra Artists: Yanpiyarti Ned Cox, Kuji Rosie Goodjie, Milkujung Jewess James, Mayarn Julia Lawford, Putuparri Tom Lawford, Nada Rawlins, Mayapu Elsie Thomas, Jukuja Nora Tjookootja, George Tuckerbox
Contact Ngurra Artists:
via Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Address: PO BOX 117, FITZROY CROSSING, WA 6725
Phone: (08) 9191 5833
Birriliburu Artists, Tjukurba Gallery
Birriliburu Artists and Tjukurba Gallery are managed by the Shire of Wiluna. Wiluna marks the beginning of the Canning Stock Route, and Well 1 is situated only minutes from the gallery. Previously used as a hospital, horse shelter and a store, the refurbishment of the space in 2005 created an exhibition area, artists’ studio and library. An integral part of the Wiluna commmunity, Tjukurba Gallery enables artists to access professional support, celebrate their culture and benefit from the ethical sale of their work. Birriliburu Artists shares strong ties with the Martu and Ngaanyatjarra artists at Martumili and Kayili.
Birriliburru artists and contributors to the Canning Stock Route Project: Vera Anderson, Sharon Anderson, Kaye Bingham, Clifford Brooks, Dadina Georgina Brown, Sheila Friday-Jones, Friday Jones
Contact Birriliburu Artists, Tjukurba Gallery:
Address: PO Box 38, WILUNA, WA 6646
Phone:(08) 9981 8001
Papunya Tula Artists
Established at Papunya in the early 1970s, Papunya Tula Artists is often credited with initiating the contemporary Aboriginal art movement. Owned by Aboriginal stakeholders, the company now extends its operations far to the west of Alice Springs, into the communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkurra. The Papunya Tula painting style derives directly from the artists’ knowledge of the traditional body and sand paintings associated with ceremonies. This unmistakable style has led to Papunya Tula artists being represented in leading public galleries, institutions and private collections, both nationally and internationally. The aim of the company is to promote individual artists, provide economic development for their communities and assist in the maintenance of their rich cultural heritage.
Papunya Tula artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Nankatji Josephine Nangala, Miriam Napanangka, Patrick Olodoodi (Alatuti) Tjungurrayi, Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi, Richard Yukenbarri (Yugumbari) Tjakamarra
Contact Papunya Tula Artists:
Address: PO Box 1620, ALICE SPRINGS, NT 8071
Phone:(08) 8952 4731
Located in Balgo, at the Canning Stock Route’s northern end, Warlayirti Artists is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal-owned and -governed art centres. The first exhibition of Balgo art, Art from the Great Sandy Desert, was mounted at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1986. The exhibition’s success created the impetus to establish Warlayirti Artists in the following year. The organisation has since grown significantly, and the artists represented by Warlayirti are internationally renowned for their luminous canvases. Through its work, Warlayirti contributes significantly to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the residents of Balgo, Billiluna and Mulan.
Warlayirti artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Wuntupayi Jane Gimme, Lumu Lucy Loomoo, Eubena (Yupinya) Nampitjin, Elizabeth Nyumi, Wimmitji Tjapangarti, Kamara Brandy Tjungurrayi, Helicopter Joey Tjungurrayi, Christine Yukenbarri
Contact Warlayirti Artists:
Address: PMB 20 Balgo, VIA HALLS CREEK, WA 6770
Phone:(08) 9168 8960
Martumili represents artists from six Martu communities in the Pilbara: Kunawarritji, Punmu, Nullagine, Parnpajinya/Newman, Jigalong and Parnngurr. Since starting up in late 2006, it has grown rapidly, establishing a national reputation for innovative and dynamic art practice. Martumili has staged exhibitions throughout Australia and is attracting a growing international audience. Martumili focuses on collective arts projects that have strong links to Country and culture, often resulting in the production of large collaborative paintings. Martu lands cover a large stretch of Country, from south of Well 5 to Well 39 on the Canning Stock Route.
Martumili artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Yunkurra Billy Atkins, Hayley Atkins, Ngamaru (Ngamayu) Bidu, Jakayu Biljabu, Morika Biljabu, Renette Biljabu, May Brooks, Sarah Brooks, Yikartu Bunba, Ngarnjapayi Nancy Chapman, Jacinta Galova, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs, Kumpaya Girgaba, Jeffrey James, Thelma Judson, Elizabeth Kadibil, Noreena Kadibil, Pukarlyi Milly Kelly, Jartarr Lilly Long, Mulyatingki Marney, Nyangapa Nora Nangapa, Yuwali Janice Nixon, Mary Njana, Yanjimi Peter Rowlands, Dadda Samson, Anya Judith Samson, Muni Rita Simpson, Ngalangka Nola Taylor, Kanu Nancy Taylor, Pija Peter Tinker, Mitutu Mabel Warkarta, Bugai Whylouter, Mantararr Rosie Williams, Nora Wompi, Marjorie Yates
Contact Martumili Artists:
Address: PMB 22, NEWMAN, WA 6753
Phone: (08) 9175 8022
Paruku Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)
Paruku is the Walmajarri name for Lake Gregory, an area of great spiritual significance to traditional owners. Paruku IPA is not a conventional art centre; the recognition of Tjurabalan people’s native title rights led to the establishment of the IPA in 2001. Many of the Paruku IPA artists lived and worked on Billiluna station and have strong connections to the region’s droving history. Art work produced by the Paruku IPA is used to map the cultural and ecological values of Tjurabalan Country. The traditional owners of Paruku include the Walmajarri, Jaru and Kukatja peoples.
Paruku IPA artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Mikarri Shirley Brown, Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday, Wijiji Anna Johns, Nana Daisy Kungah, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Tanja Lyn Manson, Chamia (Jamiya) Samuels, Japurra Wendy Wise (and Kim Mahood)
Contact Paruku Indigenous Protected Area [IPA]:
Address: PMB14 via Halls Creek, WA 6770
Phone:(08) 9168 8170
Yulparija Artists, Short Street Gallery
Yulparija Artists are based in Bidyadanga, 180 kilometres south of Broome, on the traditional land of the Karajarri people. The 1966 equal pay decision resulted in many stations evicting their Aboriginal workers. This is when many Yulparija people came to Bidyadanga, leaving their traditional Countries west of the stock route far behind. Motivated by a desire to pass on to their grandchildren their knowledge of their ancestral Country, the artists combine in their paintings an intimate knowledge of the desert with the rich colours of the salt-water Country. Yulparija Artists is represented by Short Street Gallery, Broome.
Yulparija Artists, Short Street Gallery artists in the Canning Stock Route Project: Jawarta Donald Moko, Jarran Jan Billycan, Miyapu Mary Meribida, Palurn Harry Bullen, Pampila Hansen Boxer
Contact Yulparija Artists, Short Street Gallery:
Address: PO Box 1550, BROOME, WA 6725
Phone:(08) 9192 2658
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC)
KALACC was established in 1984 “to assist and promote the ceremonies of Kimberley Aboriginal people, to encourage and strengthen their social, cultural and legal values and ensure their traditions a place in Australian society”. KALACC provides vital services for cultural groups across the Kimberley, runs the Yiriman Project and regularly stages much-loved regional cultural festivals that help to keep law and culture strong. KALACC has provided the CSR Project with ongoing support since 2007, assisting in the delivery of various cultural activities and providing invaluable cultural advice.
KALACC artists and representatives in the Canning Stock Route Project: Yanpiyarti Ned Cox, Ngilpirr Spider Snell, Jukuja Dolly Snell, Manmarr Daisy Andrews, Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Ngarralja Tommy May, Nyarngkarni Penny K-Lyons,Milkujung Jewess James, Mayarn Julia Lawford, Nada Rawlins, Mayapu Elsie Thomas, Jukuja Nora Tjookootja, George Tuckerbox, Kampirr Veronica Lulu, Wijiji Anna Johns, Putuparri Tom Lawford, Murungkurr Terry Murray
Contact Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC):
Address: PO Box 110, Fitzroy Crossing, WA, 6725
Phone: (08) 9191 5317
FORM is an independent cultural organisation which works to enhance Western Australia’s competitiveness and creativity by developing and managing projects designed to stimulate creative, sustainable and connected communities. FORM established the Canning Stock Route Project in mid 2006 and brokered far-reaching partnerships with art centres and communities with strong connections to the stock route region. These partnerships have been strengthened through creative workshops, return to Country trips, community visits and consultations and approvals workshops.
Address: 357 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9226 2799
Fax: (08) 9226 2250
Email: mail@ form.net.au
National Museum of Australia
The National Museum of Australia is a museum of social history. It’s exhibitions, collections, programs and research focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, Australian history and society, and the interaction of people with the environment. The National Museum of Australia purchased the Canning Stock Route collection of artwork and associated documentary materials in 2008 and partnered with FORM to develop exhibition Yiwarra Kuju: the Canning Stock Route, which launched in Canberra in July 2010 and has since toured to Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.
Formed in 2004 Lightwell produces multimedia for museums and other public spaces, developing conceptual design, software and hardware integration and media production. In partnership with the National Museum of Australia and FORM, Lightwell produced One Road – a large scale installation of multitouch screens that formed the signature piece of Yiwarra Kuju: the Canning Stock Route. One Road won Silver at the international 2011 MUSE Awards. In 2013 Lightwell has collaborated with FORM to develop the One Road app for iOS and web.
Freeman Ryan Design
Freeman Ryan Designs is a multidisciplinary team which creates exhibitions and visitor experiences for Australian and international audiences in the museum and cultural tourism industries. In collaboration with FORM and the National Museum of Australia, FRD created a design concept for Yiwarra Kuju – The Canning Stock Route, and after intensive consultation developed and documented the exhibition layout for the National Museum venue and for future travelling as a touring exhibition.
Arts Law Centre of Australia
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law is a not-for-profit company, which was established in 1983 to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations. Since 2011 Arts Law has worked closely with the Canning Stock Route Project through its Artists in the Black Program to design and implement a pioneering legal framework of agreements to safeguard the rights of Aboriginal participants and their Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property as part of the Project’s repatriation and community access project, Digital Futures.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has provided invaluable legal advice to the Canning Stock Route Project since 2008 and with FORM and BHP Billiton won the national Australian Business Arts Foundation Community Award for its contribution to the Canning Stock Route Project in 2011. Since 2012 HSF has worked closely with FORM and Arts Law to develop a comprehensive range of agreements that safeguard the rights of Aboriginal participants and strengthen the aims of the Project’s repatriation and community access initiative, Digital Futures.
Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA)
The Center for Digital Archaeology is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the University California Berkeley, which was created to assist archaeologists and cultural-heritage managers to create, archive, and share their digital data and media through innovative, sustainable digital practices. Partnering with FORM in 2013 CoDA have collaborated on the development of the Mira Canning Stock Route Project Archive with expertise in managing cultural heritage data, integration, sharing, and long term digital preservation.