Warruyanta Art Centre

Warruyanta Art Centre is located in the southern Kimberley community of Mulan, bordering the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area. One of the most remote communities in the Kimberley, it is almost 300 kms from the nearest town of Halls Creek, with access via the renowned Tanami Road and the larger Balgo community.

Mulan is located on Walmajarri land near Paruku (also known as Lake Gregory), an extensive freshwater lake and flood system surrounded by the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts. The area is one of the most remote permanent freshwater wetlands in the world – of global environmental importance and deep cultural significance to the Walmajarri.

In 2010-11 a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and artists assembled to work alongside local people on the cross-cultural ‘Paruku Project’, an exploration of intersections between Aboriginal knowledge systems and western scientific and artistic understandings of the region. Artists of the Warruyanta Art Centre collaborated closely with the project and participated in a number of workshops including painting, screen-printing and sculpture. They also worked closely with artist and writer Kim Mahood painting large canvas maps of the lake including changing water levels, animal life, fire and cultural records. (For further information we recommend Desert Lake: Art, Science and Stories from Paruku,[i] the book which resulted from this project.)

Warruyanta artists frequently paint acrylic depictions of the land, animals, plants and bush tucker which nurture and sustain them. They also experiment with three dimensional art, manipulating and embellishing found materials into sculptural forms. Recently this enthusiasm for reworking existing objects translated into a collection of painted shoes appreciated and acquired by artists, locals and art collectors alike.      

[i] Steve Morton, Kim Mahood et al (eds.) 2013, Desert Lake: Art, Science and Stories from Paruku, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Australia.

Warruyanta Art Centre: Mulan Community, via Tanami Road, Halls Creek, WA 6770

For artwork enquiries contact Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation
PMB 20 Balgo, via Halls Creek, WA, 6770
(08) 9168 8960