Puṉuku Tjukurpa

Fri 11 May 2018Sun 29 Jul 2018


Museum of the Great Southern

Caption: Niningka Lewis, Teapot, 2013 [Itara (river red gum), acrylic paint].

Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition of works from the Maruku Arts archive at Mutitjulu near Uluru in the Northern Territory. It features punu and walka boards created by three generations of Anangu (central and western desert people) from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Ngaatjatjarra Lands and Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Punuku Tjukurpa includes 88 punu works featuring burnt designs on carved wooden forms. Works presented range from piti (wooden bowls), miru (spear throwers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) to beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals. The exhibition also features photographs, audio and film.

In Punuku Tjukurpa, Anangu share their culture, knowledge and the Law that forms the basis for the intricate designs and markings and the stories that accompany them.

Excursion Resources

Below are free downloadable resources for educational groups visiting Punuku Tjukurpa.

Exhibition Overview - PDF [3MB]

Preschool/Lower Primary Exhibition Activities - PDF [152KB]

Upper Primary/Lower Secondary Exhibition Activities - PDF [241KB]

Upper Secondary Exhibition Activities - PDF [238KB]

An Artback NT Touring Exhibition.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Caption: Niningka Lewis, Teapot, 2013 [Itara (river red gum), acrylic paint].

Image courtesy Punuku Tjukurpa.

Getting Here

Western Australian Museum - Albany Map


Residency Road,
Western Australia,

(08) 9841 4844


By Bus
The Museum of the Great Southern is located within walking distance of the town centre, which is serviced by the several bus services, visit the PTA website for timetables.

By Car
Parking is available in onsite.