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Yuendumu artist honoured in Canberra.



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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 24th November 2008 YUENDUMU ARTIST HONOURED IN CANBERRA The Federal Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, today welcomed the unveiling of a huge $350,000 artwork by Central Australian artist Paddy Stewart Japaljarri in Reconciliation Place, Canberra. “Not only is Wati Jarra Jukurrpa a glorious piece of art, it is also an important symbol of respect and sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” said Mr Snowdon. “To have this dreaming displayed in such a prominent place is a great honour for a renowned Territory artist.” Paddy Stewart Japaljarri hails from Mungapunju, just south of Yuendumu, in the Tanami Desert. He is a prominent figure in the Yuendumu community, and a leader of the local Indigenous art movement. The 39m x 7m work, based on Paddy Stewart Japaljarri’s traditional Indigenous painting Wati Jarra (Two men Dreaming), was unveiled ahead of the opening of the National Portrait Gallery in early December. “Reconciliation place, set amidst the High Court, Old Parliament House, and the new National Portrait Gallery, has, in its own right, become a landmark,” said Mr Snowdon. "It is right and proper that the art of Yuendumu brings the spirit and culture of Central Australia here to Canberra because it is also delivering improved lives and livelihoods to the people of Yuendumu,” said Mr Snowdon. “Just last month, I visited the community to announce Federal funding for a public pool. “The pool was a top priority for the community, which raised $800,000 towards the cost and ongoing maintenance. “Local artists donated proceeds from the sale of their paintings and have pledged to continue to help with ongoing costs. “This artwork, and the work of the community, is something Yuendumu should be extremely proud of, and I congratulate Paddy on this wonderful achievement.” Media Contact: Kate Sieper 0488 484 689