Ngayulu witini ngayuku Mamaku tjukurpa . Ngayulu witini ngayuku Ngunytjuku tjukurpa. I hold my Father’s story. I hold my Mother’s story.
RAFT Art Space, Alice Springs, 2011
In 2011 Hector Burton began bringing in young men (mostly his grandsons) and teaching them his story - Ananmura Tjukurpa. Other Tjiilpi’s (old men) followed so for many months old men and young men were painting together in the Art Centre. During this time a young man from Amata Community passed away in a very sad car accident. Kunmanara Raymond was a very loved young man, an excellent football player a young leader who made everyone laugh. Everyone in Amata Community was very shocked and very sad, the men decided to make paintings that would honour his name, an exhibition in the memory of Kunmanara Raymond. Kunmanara Raymond’s mothers decided they would make a painting for this special exhibition too, then all the women also decided they would make work, and more paintings were made. This started as a Men’s exhibition but has become something different; this is a special exhibition, one that is very important for the artists and Amata Community. Tjala Arts will be making a contribution to the Amata football team and the APY Lands football comp through the exhibition and a Kunmanara Raymond Best and Fairest Football prize will be rolled out next year.
Frank Young 2011