Puṉuku Tjukurpa

Sat 10 Feb 2018Sun 29 Apr 2018


Museum of Geraldton

Caption: Niningka Lewis, Teapot, 2013 [Itara (river red gum), acrylic paint].

Punuku Tjukurpa is an exhibition of works from the Maruku Arts archive at Mutitjulu near Uluru in the Northern Territory. It features punu and walka boards created by three generations of Anangu (central and western desert people) from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Ngaatjatjarra Lands and Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

Punuku Tjukurpa includes 88 punu works featuring burnt designs on carved wooden forms. Works presented range from piti (wooden bowls), miru (spear throwers), tjara (shields), kulata (spears) to beautiful carvings of desert birds and animals. The exhibition also features photographs, audio and film.

In Punuku Tjukurpa, Anangu share their culture, knowledge and the Law that forms the basis for the intricate designs and markings and the stories that accompany them.

Excursion Resources

Below are free downloadable resources for educational groups visiting Punuku Tjukurpa.

Exhibition Overview - PDF [3MB]

Preschool/Lower Primary Exhibition Activities - PDF [152KB]

Upper Primary/Lower Secondary Exhibition Activities - PDF [241KB]

Upper Secondary Exhibition Activities - PDF [238KB]

An Artback NT Touring Exhibition.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Caption: Niningka Lewis, Teapot, 2013 [Itara (river red gum), acrylic paint].

Image courtesy Punuku Tjukurpa.

Getting Here


2 Museum Place,
Batavia Coast Marina
Western Australia,


(08) 9431 8393

By Bus

The Western Australian Museum — Geraldton is located within walking distance of Chapman Rd bus-stop, which is serviced by the 501 service. Visit the PTA website for timetables.

By Car
Parking is available onsite.

Accessibility information about the Western Australian Museum — Geraldton can be found on the Access WA website.