About the Exhibition

This exhibition brings together a selection of vast and vibrant paintings by artists of the Martu people who are the traditional owners and custodians of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The collaborative nature of the paintings reflects the culture of the Martu people and their traditions of aural history, collective storytelling, dance and ritual.

While the ancient culture of the Martu people stretches back over tens of thousands of years, it is only in recent times that members of these Western Desert communities have begun painting on canvas and participating in the contemporary art world.

Curators: Anna Davis and Megan Robson (MCA)

Collaborative work by female Martu artists

Collaborative work by female Martu artists, Minyipuru (Seven Sisters) (detail), 2007, acrylic on linen, image courtesy National Museum of Australia and Martumili Artists © the artist