We're delighted to reveal a stunning new artwork by Indigenous artist Nyunmiti Burton (b. 1960) is now on display on the rammed earth wall in our concert hall foyer, generously on loan from the APY Art Centre Collective.

Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters)
Nyunmiti Burton, Adelaide Studio

243 x 198cm, Acrylic on Linen

This is a Tjukurpa (Creation Story) about the constellations of Pleiades and Orion. The sisters are the constellations of Pleiades and the other star Orion is said to be the man Nyiru or Nyirunya. Nyiru is forever chasing the sisters known as the Kunkarunkara women as it is said he wants to marry the eldest sister. The seven sisters travel again and again from the sky to the earth to escape Nyiru’s unwanted attention. They turn into their human form to escape Nyiru, but he always finds them and they flee back to the sky. As Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting kampurarpra (bush tomatoes) for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful ili (fig) tree for them to camp under. However, the sisters are too clever for Nyiru and outwit him as they are knowledgeable about his magic. They go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by Nyiru. Every now and again one of the women fall victim to his ways. It is said that he eventually captures the youngest sister, but with the help of the oldest sister, she escapes back to her sisters who are waiting for her. Eventually the sisters fly back into the sky, reforming the constellation.

Nyunmiti Burton. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Nyunmiti Burton

Nyunmiti Susan Burton was born in Alice Springs in 1960. She grew up with her parents in Pukatja (Ernabella), where she attended school. After completing her final school years at Yirara College in Alice Springs, Nyunmiti moved back to Ernabella and began her first job at the arts and crafts centre, where she worked with batik. In 1980, she married and moved to Amata, where she began a career as an Aboriginal education worker. She later trained to become a teacher and completed her degree in 1997. She is the vice-chairperson of Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council and has many years of experience in community governance. She has previously been a member of Amata Community Council, director and chairperson of Tjala Arts and director of the APY Art Centre Collective and holds a respected position in Amata community.

APY Art Centre Collective

The APY Art Centre Collective is a social enterprise made up of 11 Aboriginal owned and governed arts and culture organisations from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. As a collective, these organisations work to increase income for Aboriginal artists and support the important work of art centres in APY communities. This artwork was made at the APY Art Centre Collective operated by APY Studio in Adelaide, which provides APY artists with a satellite art centre for artists off ‘Country’. The APY Studio affords APY artists with income stability alongside culturally appropriate support to access healthcare and the opportunity to maintain vital cultural and community connections when in Adelaide.

Location: Twin Peaks, Mt Barker Summit

In 2018, UKARIA received a donation of 47 abstract prints from the personal collection of Peter Freund, currently on display at our artist accomodation at Twin Peaks at the Mount Barker Summit.

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