After years of planning and fund raising the construction of a swimming pool in Kintore has finally begun.
In November of 2005, Papunya Tula Artists donated five significant works by senior male and female artists to be auctioned, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the pool fund.
Papunya Tula Artists in partnership with Maningrida Arts and Culture, The Charlie Perkins Children’s Trust and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, held an auction at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to raise much needed funds to establish swimming pools in the Maningrida and Walungurru (Kintore) communities.
The first work, proudly produced by Walangkura Napanangka, began in December of 2004, almost three years ago. Walangkura typically is a very slow painter, easily distracted by the buzz of community life and the lure of hunting trips surrounding Kintore and toward Kiwirrkura. Napanangka happily persisted for weeks on end until finally she stood boldly before her completed work, chest out, with a beaming smile – “Finished”.
Her measured technique produces an almost contradictory gestural finish, which is beautifully rendered in the work Walangkura, in partnership with Papunya Tula Artists, donated to the Swimming Pool project.
Along with all four other participating painters, Walangkura was extremely excited about the opportunity to contribute to such a project. She also requested that a plaque be constructed with not only her name, but a statement about the fact that she was the first to undertake what have become known as the “Pool paintings”.
We hope to keep you regularly updated on the construction of the swimming pool in Kintore. Papunya Tula Artists and the contributing artists would again like to express our deep felt thanks to all who contributed to this project.