With much colour and excitement the new Papunya Tula artists studio at Kintore opened Friday, 16 March 2007. More than 100 visitors from around Australia and overseas joined with hundreds of locals from Kintore and Kiwirrkura to mark this major event in the history of Papunya Tula Artists.
Long-time manager of Papunya Tula Artists Daphne Williams officially opened the Kintore studio, emphasising the ongoing progress of the company and its vital and enduring ties with the Kintore community. The current chairman, Bobby West Tjupurrula, welcomed all the visitors to the art studio and observed that the new studio was the culmination of a dream for the artists. Current manager Paul Sweeney reflected on the significant developments that had occurred since the times when the canvases used to be stretched up under a tree, and acknowledged the outstanding achievements of the artists.
A series of special events included archival films and a visit to the nearby “kapi waluâ” site of Ngutjul, and concluded with the women of Kintore, Kiwirrkura and Mt Liebig and the Kintore men performing an emotionally charged selection of dances. The enormous community pride in this new facility was clear to all who attended.
A story covering the events of the Papunya Tula Artists Kintore Studio opening was broadcast on the ABC’s 7.30 Report on Monday 9 April.