Warrarnku Ninti Sound + Light Show

Published on Friday, 5 July 2024 at 2:16:49 PM

The Gallery will open tomorrow afternoon, with the official opening at 5:30pm and all welcome. It is going to be AMAZING and I strongly encourage everyone to come and check it out! If you cant make it Friday night you can see the light show Saturday, Sunday and Monday night from 6pm. Full program and details below and attached.

Warrarnku Ninti Sound + Light Show
EPAC Void Activity Space
Fri 5 Jul, Sat 6 Jul, Sun 7 Jul – Sessions at 6pm and 7pm
Mon 8 Jul – 6pm

The rich possibilities of kujungka are powerfully realised in the Warrarnku Ninti Sound + Light Show. Senior and emerging Martu artists come together and take the audience on a journey deep into desert country. Paintings by Judith Anya Samon, Muuki Taylor, Nola Taylor, Bugai Whyoulter, Cyril Whoulter, and Corban Clause Williams, are transformed to fill the East Pilbara Arts Centre with immersive landscapes illuminating many shared cultural practices.

Wantili, Wayinkurangu, Puntawarri, Kulyakartu and Punmu are all evoked in mesmerising animations created with Sohan Ariel Hayes (third generation English settler producing artist with extensive experience working with Senior Martu Law Men and Women), with immersive sound compositions that have been created by Martu and Tura artists from the on-Country Kulininpalaju (We Are Listening!) project. Warrarnku Ninti Sound + Light Show furthers ongoing investigations into collaborative work and new media, sharing Martu ways of knowing Country.

Kulininpalaju (We Are Listening!)
EPAC Void Activity Space
Sat 6 Jul, Sun 7 Jul, Mon 8 Jul – 10am – 4pm

Kulininpalaju is a long-term creative collaboration between Martumili Artists and Tura, supported by BHP. The project explores the extensive possibilities of collective listening and recording, literally translating to ‘we are listening’ in Martu wangka (language)

The archive consists ver 100+ hours of audio recordings made during on-Country developments since 2020 in Punmu, Parnngurr, and Kunawarritji. The recordings were made by over 25 Martu artists, alongside Tura facilitators and sound artists Philip Samartzis and Annika Moses.

Kujungka Exhibition + Soundscape
Martumili Gallery
Fri 5 Jul – 4pm – 8pm
Sat 6 Jul, Sun 7 Jul – 10am – 4pm
Mon 8 Jul – 10am – 4pm; 5.30pm – 7pm

Continues during exhibition hours until 31 August thereafter

The Kujungka exhibition, meaning ‘all coming together as one’, is the culmination of three years of collaborative programming, celebrating the spirit of cooperation and togetherness. Presented by Martumili Artists and Kanyirininpa Jukurrpa (KJ) in partnership with Tura, the visual aspects of the exhibition were developed through Martumili and KJ’s joint activities. The sonic elements of Kujungka feature compositions created from the Kulininpalaju Sound Archive, a long-term collaboration between Martumili Artists and Tura, supported by BHP.

Kujungka is the third exhibition following Mirrka (2023) and Waru (2022), which respectively celebrated many of the bushfoods that have sustained Martu people over thousands of years, and the importance of traditional fire uses. The three exhibitions together form the Warrarnku Ninti program, a partnership between Martumili and KJ motivated by Martu determination and unity.


Weaving Workshops
Martumili Gallery
Sat 6 Jul, Sun 7 Jul – 11am


In the spirit of kujungka, we invite you to learn the art of weaving during the weekend drop-in weaving workshops facilitated by Martu artworkers at the Martumili Gallery. Once a traditional practice for Martu – originally used for making sandals and other necessities in the bush – weaving is now practiced in the art of basket making. This will be an opportunity to experience the Kujungka exhibition + soundscape, while getting creative.


Warrarnku Ninti (knowledge of Country) is a multi-year partnership project initiated by Martumili Artists with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, culminating as a series of theme-based arts and cultural bush camps with distinct exhibition outcomes. Coming together in one event, the Warrarnku Ninti Celebration aligns with the opening of the Kujungka exhibition with works from the Tura and Martumili Kulininpalaju (We Are Listening!) project, supported by BHP, to activate the collection of paintings in a program of immersive sound and light experiences.


The Warrarnku Ninti Celebration has been made possible with funding from Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, BHP, Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support, the Shire of East Pilbara and with support from RMIT School of Art and the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.


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