The Warmun Art Centre and Kununurra

Apr 30, 2013

Martin Fuggle


After a big breakfast at the East Kimberley Tours campsite we set off on the 50km track through Mabel Downs station back to the Great Northern Highway on our way to Kununurra. Geoff Allen had arranged for us to visit the Warmun Art Centre which was on a closed aboriginal community a little way from Kununurra.

The art centre has been rebuilt after devastating floods destroyed the previous art centre and deposited many of the art works in the mud in Turkey Creek. Many of these art works had been sent to Melbourne University where they were restored but many were lost as well. The new art centre was well presented and we were tempted to purchase another painting to go with our small collection. We finally settled on a small 60 x 45 cm painting by Peggy Patrick. It was typical of the Warmun style being natural ochre and pigments on canvas called Rugun (Crocodile Hole). Heather and Geoff George splashed out on a classic Mabel Juli Moon and Star painting in black and white to supplement another Mabel Juli hanging in their house in Buningyong.

We left the Warmun Art Centre and stopped at the local roadhouse for petrol and something to eat. It was an interesting coincidence that we were served by one of Peggy Patrick's grand children and learnt a little more about her. It was a long day's drive and we were glad when we finally got to the old bridge over the Ord River and when we passed the airport we were almost at Kununurra. The Country Club was a welcome place to be and the rooms were very comfortable and we decided to eat in the restaurant before retiring for the night and setting off for El Questro.

A video presenting the Warmun Art Centre


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Martin Fuggle has long been interested in travel, photography and website development as a way of recording travel experiences and other miscellany.

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