Tjarlirli Art

Established in 2006, Tjarlirli is located in Tjukurla, a small Western Australia community approximately 800 kilometres west southwest of Alice Springs. During the 1970s it was an outstation for Docker River across the border in the Northern Territory. In the 1980s, one of Papunya Tjula’s most important founding artists, senior Law man Anatjari Tjakamarra III, lead his family group back to country not far from where the community is now located.


The road into Tjukurla / Photo: Angela Berry

The people of Tjukurla retain strong family ties to Docker River, Kintore and Kiwirrkura. They speak various Western Desert Languages: Ngaatjatjarra, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjarra, Pintupi and Luritja.

Tjukurla is one of the most sacred places for the Tingarri tjukurpa (Dreaming). It is Tingarri Ngurra, the home of the ancestral Tingarri Men. In this region, culture runs deep and true. The Tingarri tjukurpa recounts the activities of the Tingarri Men and the Tingarri Women as they move across vast expanses of Country, performing deeply sacred and secret ceremonies. Tingarri design in paintings – especially those by senior men – is typified by a series of concentric rondels or rectangles connected by pathways.

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