YAMA is a new community-based, collaborative art project by Warnayaka Indigenous Art Centre. The project will result in a large-scale, multimedia installation.
Warnayaka Art represents nationally and internationally acclaimed painters (e.g. Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves, Judy Napangardi Martin, Rosie Napurrurla Tasman and many more). Our new project is building on this impressive artistic legacy by providing a platform for a new generation of talented, young artists, many of whom are seeking new forms of expression in new media technologies.
YAMA, the Warlpiri word for 'reflection' or 'mirror', is an experimental project combining elements of new media, digital art, and installation with traditional indigenous artforms of song, ceremonial dance, and Jukurrpa (dreaming) painting.
YAMA, is a collaboration between Warnayaka Art Centre (especially younger artists like Isaiah Jungarrayi Lewis, Neil Jupurrurla Cooke, Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson, and Rebecca Napanangka Farrell), the Lajamanu community, and key external collaborating artists, like German-based, Australian artist Gretta Louw. The project will result in a large-scale multimedia installation, along with a new body of digital, video, and printed works that will be exhibited throughout Australia and overseas.
The project has already received partial sponsorship from the highly competitive Australia Council Indigenous Experimental Art Forms fund - but we need your help to raise the additional funding we need to fulfill the project's potential to be a truly landmark work in indigenous Australian art, as well as digital and new media art worldwide.
In this initial round of fundraising, we need to raise funds to send the two lead Lajamanu artists - Isaiah Jungarrayi Lewis and Neil Jupurrurla Cooke - on their first trip overseas! The artists, with art centre Manager Louisa Erglis, are heading to Germany for a two-week intensive video and digital art workshop with multimedia artist, Gretta Louw. The trip will include visits to new media and video exhibitions, meetings with industry contacts, and of course lots of work with video cameras and video editing suites!
In return for your support, we are offering lots of great incentives - you can have your own piece of Lajamanu art for an affordable price, or pick up Warnayaka's recently released book and DVD 'Warnayaka Art Centre: Life in the Digital Desert' (the art centre's first publication!).
Every little bit helps, and we - and all the artists at Warnayaka Art Centre - appreciate not only your contributions but also your sharing our campaign with your networks.
Should we raise more than the stated target (fingers crossed!), the money will go towards much needed additional, on-site media and technology training opportunities for Lajamanu artists, and purchasing necessary audiovisual equipment for the art centre. We want the new generation of indigenous artists to have the skills and equipment they need to be able to express their traditional and contemporary stories in any medium they choose, and to lead the new charge of indigenous, digital art!