Maruku Arts is an indigenous-owned organisation established in 1984 to promote and sustain Anangu culture. It represents around 500 artists across 22 remote communities in WA, NT, and SA. The Anangu artists presented here live and work around and near Uluru.
Maruku Arts, 2023
Billy & Lulu Cooley
Billy's snakes and boomerangs are in national and international collections. He and his wife Lulu have participated in many exhibitions and carving demonstrations at Uluru and in national Indigenous gatherings and overseas. Billy and Lulu now take great pride in passing on their skills to their children and grandchildren.
Peggie paints the story of Wati Ngintaka (Perentie Lizard Man) who stole a grindstone and was killed for his theft. The story has been passed down for centuries in the Tjukurpa through Inma (songs and dances) and depictions such as body paintings, rock paintings, and now canvas.
Sandy is a respected traditional elder who paints his ancestral country around Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and in particular his heavily coded sacred and restricted men’s law.
Veronica is an experienced artist who depicts her country and her father’s Tjukurpa using bright and vibrant colours. Veronica and Miles have collaborated for the work titled ‘Desert Stories’.
Adapted from the original text courtesy of Maruku Arts 2023