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Apalech Body Design

Leigh Namponan

Natural Ochres and Dry Pigments on Belgian Linen

151.4cm x 101.6cm


“This is my new way of painting Apalech body design. The white area represents the big waves, and the white
dots represent the bubbles of saltwater that are left behind when the waves go back out. Apalech, our
ceremonial group, means clean, crystal clear saltwater in the dry-season. I have painted that Apalech
Saltwater. It’s my idea.”



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Wik and Kugu Art Centre

Wik and Kugu Art Centre services artists from all five ceremonial groups in Aurukun: Wanam, Winchanam, Puch, Apalech and Sara.

Located in Far North Queensland, the Art Centre comprises a men’s art studio and workshop, a women’s art studio and a gallery space.

Visitors who can’t make it to Aurukun can call the Centre via FaceTime, Skype or Whatsapp for a personal tour through the gallery, close-up viewings of artworks and meetings with the artists. Wik and Kugu Art Centre is operated by Aurukun Shire Council. Opening hours: Mo-Fri 8AM-4PM.

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