The Maruku Arts Gallery is going online for the first time EVER! The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Maruku’s retail gallery severely, making our remote location even more hard to get to, and impossible for some in this time.
Maruku’s retail Gallery is situated at the Cultural Centre of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, although the park has now opened back up, Northern Territory borders are still closed to interstate travellers and as well as restricted entry to all international travellers. As a result of general public visitations to the Cultural Centre being at an extreme low, under the current regulations, the need for an online presence is pretty well crucial for Anangu carvings to continue brightening up lives around the world.
All stock from the physical Maruku gallery, has shifted to the online store! We have made available a range of different products online such as punu, small and large canvas paintings, traditional mens’ and womens’ tools, Artist Design featuring T-shirts and hand crafted jewellery.
By supporting Maruku, you are supporting aboriginal culture, on country.
Thank you from all of the Maruku Artists from across the central & Western desert lands.
Maruku In The Time of Crisis
Maruku not only sells art from it’s local community Mutitjulu here at Uluru, but also sends staff to remote communities across the NPY regions (Pitjantjajatjarra, Yangkuntjarra, Ngaanyatjarra Lands) of Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, to purchase woodcarvings, and has been doing this since 1984. Maruku’s gallery supports roughly 500 anangu artists (both carvers and painters) who reside in 25 different communities.
PUNU - TRADITIONAL CARVINGS
Anangu only work on traditional carvings (punu) if they can envision the final piece present in the raw materials they see on country; the land seemingly presents the artist with the piece.
Maruku ensures artist time and expenses are remunerated fairly, however the punu (the wood itself) is the purest form of a gift from the carver to the receiver. Punu is a slow growing piece of an Anangu artist’s ancestral lands. Punu is painstakingly sought and willingly given, to enlighten the world to the presence of the Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Yankunytjara peoples of the central and western deserts.
KEEPING CULTURE STRONG
Here we have Lulu Cooley burning a pair of Timpilypa (Music Sticks) that her husband Billy Cooley had just carved. Timpilypa are used by both men and women and played by holding one stick loosely in the hand while striking it with the other in a slow rhythmic beat. Differences in pitch and tone are achieved by varying the point and intensity of contact. Rhythmic accompaniment to singing and dancing is part of celebrating the Tjukurpa.
Maruku Arts is unlike any other non-for-profit aboriginal owned organisation. Maruku is completely independent and does not receive any operational funding. Maruku is the only NPY regional gallery in Australia which is owned and directed by Anangu, for Anangu (Aboriginal people of the central and western desert area).
For Anangu people, making art is about sharing culture and stories. Its about being on country and spending time with family. Its about keeping culture strong and passing on knowledge.