Embassy Tapestry Collection

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Kunawarritji to Wajaparni

The artists [Clifford Brooks, Jeffrey James, Putuparri Tom Lawford, Peter Tinker, Richard Yukenbarri Tjakamarra, Charlie Wallabi Tjungurrayi, Helicopter Tjungurrayi and Patrick Tjungurrayi]: These artists come from a range of different cultural groups, and their varied histories and languages add depth and distinctiveness to the work. The artists paint their ancestral country, and the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) and personal stories that mark the land.

The tapestry: This tapestry is based on a collaborative painting, by eight Indigenous men from regions around the Canning Stock Route, which was acquired by the National Museum of Australia in 2008.The Canning Stock Route, running almost 2,000 km across Western Australia, marks an intersection of Indigenous and non-indigenous histories.Their painting depicts the layout of the land where, for generations, their tribes have come together to trek from waterhole to waterhole, covering the 200 km between Kunawarritji and Wajaparni.

In creating the tapestry, the weavers faced challenges, especially since the NMA was unable to loan the painting. The weaving team visited Canberra to view the work and take digital images, and three of the artists came to the ATW to discuss the interpretation with the weavers as part of the collaboration process.

This tapestry, commissioned by the Tapestry Foundation of Australia and supported by private donations, is now on loan to the Australian Embassy to the Holy See.