Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra

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Waringarri ochre paintings present a powerful contemporary aesthetic, interpreting the grandeur of the Kimberley region and the importance of each individual artist's country and traditional knowledge.

Artists relate images of country, contemporary events, traditional stories and stories of station life.They comment on the importance of maintaining traditional links to land and culture while exploring a celebration of colour, composition and individualism. The artists only paint with ochre pigments, a crumbly to hard rock heavily coloured by iron oxide. It was the most important painting material used traditionally by Aboriginal people.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts is situated in Kununurra in the heart of the east Kimberley. The art centre was established in the early 1980s by senior artists and elders of the region to promote Indigenous art and culture. It was also established to support artists and their communities.

Today, the art centre operates as an artist's studio and gallery space for exhibitions and sales. Paintings, limited edition prints, engraved boab nuts and artefacts are sold at the centre. Waringarri artists participate in interstate and international exhibition programs. Waringarri, as an artist owned enterprise, returns all proceeds from art sales directly to artists and their community.

The art centre employs 9 Aboriginal arts workers who are developing skills in the operation of and management of their art centre, and contributing to the important sharing of culture and information with the broader public.
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  • Such a great experience! It was really good and gave me a greater insight into the indigenous culture with the tour of Kununurra and eating damper and kangaroo whilst listening to the didgeridoo. Ever...  more »
  • Great place to look into some Ord River art from the area. The local indigenous tee shirts have a story to tell and well worth it. I wished Lora bought one for me also.. oh well... next time... a must...  more »
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  • Great art and education
  • An amazing place with strong ancestral connection. It was humbling being among such connected people and sharing their stories and the history of the land(S) Take your time to talk with the locals and experience their spirits.

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