Anangu artwork | Tjukurpa of Uluru by Malya Teamay
Audio tour 4 - Anangu art
- Location: Cultural Centre | Duration: 1m41s
- Download audio tour 4 | Art (MP3 - 3.87MB)
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While you're at the Cultural Centre why not visit the two art galleries and learn more about Anangu art.
Anangu have always used paintings for teaching and storytelling. Today they still create drawings in the sand and paint their bodies for ceremonies, but they've largely stopped using rock paintings to share their stories. Today they use a range of different materials, using canvas and the full colour palette to paint traditional stories.
Anangu artists use the same symbols and meanings that have been used by their ancestors for many generations. They continue to pass on Tjukurpa, their traditional law and culture, through their paintings.
A common symbol you may see in Ananguart is the circle which usually represents a place such as a waterhole or a camping place. A 'u' shape usually means a person - literally a person sitting in the sand will make a 'u' shape with their bodies.
Visit our two galleries in the Cultural Centre - Walkatjara Art which has artwork from our local Mutitjulu community and Maruku Arts with artwork from 36 different communities in our region.
Anangu provide their community with a source of income by selling their artworks through these galleries, so if you want an authentic souvenir of your visit they're a great place to shop.
Why not also take a dot painting workshop led by local Anangu artists and unleash your own creative spirit?