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Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Artists

02/10/2010

Incorporated in 1986, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit cooperative with more than 600 Indigenous artist members. Warlukurlangu is managed by an executive committee of eight men and eight women representing all the ‘skin groups’. All members access art materials, and sales income is shared by the artist and Warlukurlangu.

Permanent staff include a manager, art coordinator and assistant manager. Casual staff are also employed, and are supported by volunteers from all over the world.

One of Warlukurlangu’s functions is to keep culture strong. Staff carefully keep story archives, and artist records. Every year the centre sponsors its members and their families to visit their country and Jukurrpa sites, and so helps to maintain and support their enduring connections with cultural sites and stories.

Warlukurlangu supports and participates in projects by other local community organisations. Projects include the Mt Theo Youth Program’s community pool, film nights with Warlpiri Media and painting projects with the Yuendumu School.

The centre is also a conduit for local people to share their culture with the outside world. While developing local artists skill, Warlukurlangu represents and markets community art works, and has built an admired international reputation for its artists. Artists traveled to exhibit their work in India in 2009 , and in Shanghai, China and Singapore in 2010.

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