Warmun Art Centre

Yarrunga by Ivy Drill

$186

As growing up me and my family used to go looking for gold and we put it in Milk Tins and bury the tins under ground, til we needit for rations or buy a Toyota for whole family to go bush. The Warmun mob used to come visit us at [Yarrunga Chinamen's Garden] for a few days, sometimes weeks. When that flood come we run up. Run to Halls Creek. We been camp then, camping there and go back, back Chinamen Garden. We been go there and camp, and see that cement where them houses used to be. That cement on the side, and that hole in the middle where houses used to be. They're building now, building for us. I did them [painting] in Halls Creek. That's my memory, Chinamen Garden after the flood, when I been in Halls Creek.

Warmun Art Centre is owned and governed by Gija people with 100% of income returning to the community. The centre was established in 1998 by the late founding members of the contemporary painting movement in Warmun such as Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie, Madigan Thomas and Hector Jandany. These elders recognised and responded to the need for a community owned and controlled centre through which they could support, maintain and promote Gija art, language and culture.

Warmun Art is here to celebrate and encourage the expression of Gija culture through the arts, and to support the continued development of innovative contemporary art by both established and emerging Warmun artists.

Artist: Ivy Drill
Title: Yarrunga

Dimensions: 20 x 30cm
Materials: Natural ochre and pigments on canvas

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