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Winchanam Body Design

Alair Pambegan

Natural Ochres and Dry pigments on Belgian Linen

101.6cm x 76.2cm


“My dad (late Arthur Pambegan, Jr.) used to to wear this body design when he danced. That’s the body paint for the Winchanam clan. I can’t say more. There are different body designs for different totems. My dad  used to dance and sing that Emu (Achamp), Bone Fish (Walkalan) and Flying Fox (Kalben) totem here [in Australia] and all over the world. One day, he even danced for that president, Barack Obama.”



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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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