Artworks from the western Anangu Pitjantjatara Yankunytjatjara Lands

This collection of artwork, currently on display in the Gus Fraenkel Medical Library, relates to the Wanampi tjukurpa¹of the water snakes: important creation figures in the culture of the western desert Pitjantjatjara speaking Anangu. The artworks are on loan from the collection of Linnett Sanchez and David Turner. Over the past decade Linnett has headed a team which has assessed the hearing and ear health of school age children on the APY Lands in far northwest South Australia. During this time 25 staff and over 100 students of Flinders University have had the rare privilege of traversing the beautiful APY Lands and seeing the country of the Wanampi, in what we know as the Mann Ranges. The exhibition is a small tribute to the artists and to the Anangu whose children have a high prevalence of hearing loss and ear pathology which is not exceeded anywhere in the world. The exhibition is supplemented by an essay by Ann Axelby² who together with David, has curated the exhibition. A further painting was contributed by Ann Axelby to the exhibition.

¹ tjukurpa is a creation story embodying religion, law, morality and country

² Ann Axelby's essay: Wanampi: Rainbow Serpent of the Desert

The Gus Fraenkel Medical Library is open to the public.

Click here to see an index to the artworks on display - Wanampi Index

  Artist YearTitleMedium            
1 Winmati Morris, Pitjantjatjara, c1985-

 2009

Pukara

Acrylic on canvas

59.0 x 92.0cm

2 Tjampawa Stevens, Pitjantjatjara, c1947-

 2007

Nyapari

Acrylic on canvas

63.5 x 69.5cm

3 Kunmanara Palpatja, Pitjantjatjara, c1920-

 2009

Wanampi

Acrylic on canvas

87.0 x 101.0cm

4 Maringka Baker, Pitjantjatjara, c1952-

 2008

Pukara

Acrylic on canvas

101.0 x 200.0cm

5 Tjapiya Stevens, Pitjantjatjara, 1972-

 2011

Piltati

Acrylic on canvas

59.0 x 75.0cm

6 Iyawi Wikilyiri, Pitjantjatjara,  c1945-

2008

Pukara

Acrylic on canvas

68.0 x 91.0cm

7 Eileen Yaritja Stevens, Pitjantjatjara, c1919-2008

 2008

Piltati

Acrylic on canvas

115.0 x 80.0cm

8 Wipana Jimmy, Pitjantjatjara, 1935-

 2008

Watarru

Acrylic on canvas

60.0 x 98.0cm

9 Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Pitjantjatjara, c1940-

2005

Wanampi Creation Story

Acrylic on canvas

20.0 x 30.0cm

10 Iyawi Wikilyiri, Pitjantjatjara, c1945- 2008 Kaliny-Kalinypa

Acrylic on canvas

133.0 x 89.0cm

11 Kunmanara Russell, Pitjantjatjara, 1938-2006 2002 Kuntjanu Tjukurpa-Water Serpent Story

Ink on Magnani paper

56.0 x 76.0cm

12

Elaine Woods, Pitjantjatjara, 1969-

Venita Woods, Pitjantjatjara, 1988-

2011 Minyma Kutjara

Acrylic on canvas

160.0 x 200.0cm

13

Tjamu Kamiku Project. Collaborative work.

Melanie Kemp (16y), Ricky Kemp (16y), Shaun Kemp (11y), Terrance Kemp (9y), Ninu Warren (7y), Franklin Kenny (5y), Keith Warren (7y), Emelena Warren (2y). Pitjantjatjara

2012 Piltati

Acrylic on Belgian linen

109.0 x 196.0cm

14 Gordon Ingkatji, Pitjantjatjara, c1931- 2010 Piltati

Acrylic on linen

100.0 x 170.0cm

15  Tjimpuna Williams, Pitjantjatjara, 1976- 2007 Wanampi Terracotta