Tarnanthi Exhibition

Painted Stories highlights how art is used to pass on knowledge of language, Country and culture between generations in Aurukun and Pormpuraaw, on Cape York Peninsula. Paintings are accompanied by stories in the artists’ voices and languages. Film, songs, photographs and language-learning resources elaborate on this long-term community project to sustain language. The exhibition by Wik and Kugu artists was instigated by celebrated landscapist Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta, who passed away early this year. She was a mentor for this project and was devoted to including the younger generations in all that she did to pass on knowledge and opportunities.


Jeannie Holroyd, Topsy Holroyd, Vera Koomeeta, Janet Koongotema, Percy Koonutta, Akay Koo’oila, Rosie Lowdown, Rosina Lowdown, Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta, Celia Peter, Bettina Pootchemunka, Lois Toikalkin, Jean Walmbeng, Rebecca Wolmby, Nita Yunkaporta

Curated by

Gina Allain and Louise Ashmore

Special events

Opening event
Sat 19 Oct, 4pm
Guest speaker Nici Cumpston, Artistic Director, Tarnanthi

Meet the artists
Sun 20 Oct, 11am

Painted Stories workshop led by Aurukun artists
Sun 20 Oct, 12.30 – 3pm
Details and bookings, hahndorfacademy.org.au/new-products/painted-stories-workshop


Wheelchair accessible

Presenting partner
  • Hahndorf Academy