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Alair Pambegan

Natural Ochres and Dry Pigments on Belgian Linen

76cm x 76cm


“My dad [late Arthur Pambegan, Jr.] used to dance our totem, that Emu. I still have it in my head. I still remember. I was thinking of my dad, when I did this painting. I was thinking, “I should do the same”. Like dancing for the people. He always danced for the people and sang that Emu song. When I do the painting, like Emu painting, I sing to myself. My dad [his spirit] is beside me, when I am painting. I can feel him.”

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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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