• 10. Papa Tjukurpa
  • 10. Papa Tjukurpa
  • 10. Papa Tjukurpa
  • 10. Papa Tjukurpa

Adam Butler

10. Papa Tjukurpa

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Adam has painted his grandfathers' and fathers' country of Wingaltirri, near Kulkurta. Tjukurla Community was established as the nearest outpost to this sacred country. Kulkurta is a very significant place in the Tingarri Story, the place where the Tingarri Ancestors came out of the earth. Wingaltjirri is the site of Papa Tjukurpa, Dog Dreaming, as there are many dingoes there.

Adam Butler is an artist and arts worker with Tjarlirli Art.'Butler', as he is affectionately known around the art centre, is a member of a family well-known in the Western Desert region for their artistic and cultural knowledge. His father was John Tjakamarra (dec.), a founding member of Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd. Adam was born at Papunya, and has lived in Kintore and Kiwirrkurra communities closer to his homelands. He now lives and paints from Tjukurla community in the Ngaanyatjarra lands, just across the West Australian border. Butler brings a lively presence and joyful sense of humour to the art centre, and enjoys all aspects of art centre life including solo and collaborative painting, access-to-country trips, and assistingwith studio maintenance and preparation as an arts worker.

Tjarlirli Art and Kaltukatjara Art are two community-owned art centers located on either side of the border between the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The Tjarlirli art centre is located in Tjukurla, a small community of around 50 people in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Tjukurla was established here in the 1980s due to its proximity to extremely significant cultural sites and the ancestral homelands of community members. Nestled between sand dunes and the vast salt lake (Lake Hopkins). Kaltukatjara art centre is just across the border in the NPY Lands of the Northern Territory. Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community was established as a settlement in the 1960s and is now home to around 300 people. It lies along stunning mountain ranges and river beds.

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