Tjunga Palya 'Pilltati and Other Stories'
Address: 131 Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith, 6009
Date: 15th August - 1st September
Time: Opening hours Wed - Fri, 11am to 5:30pm. Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
Acrylic on Linen
102 x 151cm
The exhibition features work by Tjungu Palya artists including Beryl Jimmy, Teresa Baker, Angkaliya Curtis and Iyawi Wikilyiri, who have been shortlisted for the 2013 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), one of the most prestigious art awards in Australia. Since its incorporation in 2006, Tjungu Palya has grown to be a dynamic and innovative community art centre. Located about 100kms south of Uluru, Nyapari is set at the base of the majestic Mann Ranges in the heart of country traditionally owned by the Pitjantjatjara people. Over fifty artists from Murputja joined together with family members living in traditional country 180 kms to the south at Watarru and created Tjungu Palya (Good Together).
Tjungu Palya is an Aboriginal owned and governed art enterprise. The art centre plays a vital economic role in the future sustainability of these small communities providing key employment, enterprise and significant social welfare outcomes. The senior artists paint continuously and believe that the transfer of traditional knowledge to the young people is of utmost importance. It is not uncommon for four generations of one family to be gathered at the art centre, painting, singing and retelling the Tjukurpa. The Tjukurpa, culture and ceremonial Law are integrated into the lives, religion and everyday business for Anangu living in the Pitjantjatjara Lands. It explains the creation of life and provides a guideline for living life well.
There is a strong relationship between this deeply spiritual existence and the creation of works of art, which have integrity, beauty and resonating spiritual power. The younger artists at Tjungu Palya are encouraged to tap into this resource, a wealth of knowledge handed down through the generations and manifested in country through the Tjukurpa. Proceeds from sales of artworks are returned to the artists and their community. This provides the community with the opportunity to develop their skills, as well as fostering culture and the maintaining of law. Elements Art Gallery is proud to support the sale of community-based artwork and the growth of this industry.