NGURRA community programs

Purple house

Lunchtime talk

Art and health in the Purple House
When:
Friday 13 October, 1pm
Where: North Foyer, South Australian Museum
Cost: free
Bookings: N/A

The Purple House is one of the most important Aboriginal organisations in Australia. Pioneering new models of Aboriginal health care, Purple House delivers dialysis to people on Country, both through clinics and through mobile dialysis centres like the Purple Truck. Many of the desert artists who feature in TARNANTHI rely on the Purple House to keep them in Country, rather than tied to machines in towns or cities far away from their families. Indeed, it was desert artists who founded the Purple House to ensure they could control their own futures. Come and learn about this remarkable story, and of the important connections between art and heath, from Sarah Brown, CEO of Purple House and 2017 Australian Nurse of the Year.

Image: The Purple Truck featuring the work of Western Desert artist Patrick Tjungurrayi
Photo by Wayne Quilliam
Image Courtesy Western Desert Dialysis –The Purple House

 

Curator’s talk

Glenn Iseger Pilkington

NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands
When: Friday 13 October, 1.30 pm
Where: NGURRA exhibition, South Australian Museum
Cost: Free
Bookings: N/A

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Curator of NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, gives a tour of the exhibition and reflects on his experience of working in the Lands.

Image: Glenn Iseger-Pilkington visiting the salt lake just outside of Tjukurla with Katjarra Butler, Elsa Fiona Young and Deborah Young

 

Floor talks

Kristabell Porter

When: Saturday 14 October, 11:30am and 2.30pm
Where: NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands exhibition space
Cost: free
Bookings: N/A

Join artists, storytellers, curators and art centre managers for a series of short talks about NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

11.30am-12:00pm: Winston, Patrick Green and Simon Butler talk about the journey to Kurlkurta.

12.00pm-12.30pm: Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Curator of NGURRA: Home in the Ngaayatjarra Lands gives a tour of the exhibition, and reflects on his experience working in the Lands.

12.30pm - 1.00pm: Ngaanyatjarra photographer Kristabell Porter talks about Ngaanyatjarra youth culture and self-expression, in conversation with Emilia Galatis (Ngaanyatjarra Youth Focus).

1.00pm - 1.30pm: Lizzie Ellis looks at visual storytelling practices in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, the ways young people are telling their stories through technology, and shares some of her research into language and storytelling.

1.30pm – 2.00pm: Join Janet Forbes, Maimie Butler, Pamela Hogan and Anawari Mitchell as they share stories about history and life at Papulankutja community.

Image: Kristabell Porter in her home in Warakurna
Image copyright Warakurna Artists, 2017, courtesy of Warakurna Artists
Photographers, Kristabell Porter and Casey Ayres

 

Sharing NGURRA

Wiltja

When: Sunday 15 October, 10am – 11.30pm
Where: NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands exhibition space
Cost: free
Bookings: N/A

Join artists, storytellers, curators and art centre managers for a series of short talks related to NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

10.00am-10:30 am: Join Pamela Hogan and Mel Henderson to hear about wiltja building projects and soap sculptures

10.30pm-11.00 am: Join Dorothy Ward and Jane Menzies to hear about life in Patjarr, from the Early Days to the here and now.

Image: Wiltja [shelter] built by Janet Forbes, Pamela Hogan and Anawari Mitchell.
Photograph featuring Angaliya Mitchell, Sofrina Lyons and Adelle Hogan 
Image copyright Papulankutja Artists, 2017, courtesy of Papulankutja Artists.
Photographer, Casey Ayres

 

Family drop-in activity: paint a pannikin

Pannikins

When: Saturday 14 October, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Where: Museum front lawns
Cost: free
Bookings: N/A

In the desert, sitting around the campfire for a nice cup of tea in an enamel pannikin is a sign of feeling at home, which is what the NGURRA exhibition is all about! Visit the pannikin painting station to share symbols of the place you call home on a desert-style enamel teacup. This is your chance to create your own souvenir to take home.

Image: Courtesy Warakurna Artists

 

 Maruku Arts: Punu and Walka boards

Cynthia Burke

When:
Saturday 14 October, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Sunday 15 October, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Where: Museum front lawns
Cost: free
Bookings: N/A

Join Maraku artists Cynthia Burke and Dallas Smythe to see how punu (carving) and walka boards are created. Ngaanyatjarra people have made artefacts, weapons and tools for thousands of years. These same skills are now used in the creation of beautiful artworks that speak to the concept of ngurra, and all of the plants, animals, water sources that have sustained life on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Image: Cynthia Burke carving punu in Warakurna
Image copyright Warakurna Artists, 2017, courtesy of Warakurna Artists
Photographer, Casey Ayres

 

Wilurarra Creative Ngaanyatjarra photo booth

photo booth

When: Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October, during opening hours
Where: South Australian Museum, main foyer
Cost: free
Bookings: N/A

Step into the desert landscape of the Ngaanyatjarra Landsand take a selfie!Wilurarra Creative, an organisation based in Warburton will be on site at the South Australian Museum offering you an opportunity to meet with young Ngaanyatjarra people and take a virtual journey to their sense of ngurra.

Image courtesy of Wilurarra Creative  

 

Basket weaving workshop with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Tjanpi

When:
Saturday 14 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Sunday 15 October, 10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Where: Museum front lawns, under the marquee
Cost: Free, includes materials
Bookings: Bookings essential, places limited to 25 people

Join Tjanpi Desert Weavers, traveling with highly skilled artists from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia, and learn how to create a basket with grasses sourced from the Western Desert. Suitable for ages 12+

Image: Tjanpi Desert Weavers with their work 'Early Days Family', 2016, which features in NGURRA: Home in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
Image copyright Warakurna Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers, 2017