Maruku Arts – Artists' Demonstrations
This special event is part of an exhibition in Sturt Gallery, Punu, Living Wood featuring artists from Maruku Arts.
This unique exhibition with Maruku Arts from the Northern Territories, coincides with a short Artists Residency with senior indigenous artists, Billy and Lulu Cooley which will incorporate various public demonstrations over the residency period.
Everyone is warmly invited to these free events.
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL & THURSDAY 11 APRIL
Session times: 11am-12.30pm & 1.45pm-3pm (both days)
In this interactive public demonstration, watch, learn and understand the processes involved in carving music sticks and Punu (traditional wood burning designs) led by senior indigenous artists, Billy and Lulu Cooley of Maruku Arts, NT. All are welcome and school groups are encouraged. Group bookings essential.
SATURDAY 13 APRIL
Gallery talk with Curator, Slavica Zivkovic and artists, Billy and Lulu Cooley
Interactive public demonstration featuring the processes involved in carving music sticks and Punu (traditional wood burning designs) led by senior indigenous artists, Billy and Lulu Cooley of Maruku Arts, NT.
SUNDAY 14 APRIL
Exhibition opening with Terri Janke BA.LLB (UNSW), Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company.
Interactive public demonstration featuring the processes involved in carving music sticks and Punu (traditional wood burning designs) led by Billy and Lulu Cooley of Maruku Arts.
ABOUT MARUKU ARTS
The name, Maruku, literally means “belonging to black”. Maruku is owned and operated by Anangu, Aboriginal people from the Western and Central Deserts of Australia. For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation.
Approximately 900 Anangu artists make up the collective that is Maruku. Maruku’s purpose is to keep culture strong and alive, for future generations of artists and to make culture accessible in an authentic way to those that seek a more in-depth understanding. Maruku also provides an important form of income to artists living in remote communities across Anangu lands.
Maruku today is one of the largest and most successful indigenous owned and operated organisations. Currently, Maruku comprises of a warehouse based in Mutitjulu community, a retail gallery at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre, as well as a market stall in the town square of Yulara. Our main stocks are paintings and punu (wooden carvings). Additional to the retail arm, Maruku offers tours, workshops, demonstrations, traditional ceremonies and exhibitions.
In 1981, one of the first informal tent exhibitions was held at the base of Uluru with artists from Amata, packing everything in a convoy of cars and trucks and travelling over to sell their work. Later in the 1980’s a series of traditional shades were built near the site of the current ranger station called Punu Ngura (home or place of wood), closer to the base of Uluru. This became the selling point for artists of that Maruku collective and a place where they could demonstrate the making of punu (wood sculptures) so visitors could learn about Anangu culture. This was Maruku’s beginning. Maruku prides itself that – still – today, Maruku is conducting regular bush trips to collect punu and bring it back for sale at Uluru.