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Image credit: Desmond Taylor and Mariaan Pugh, Miminjarra nyurmna, 2021. Image courtesy Mariaan Pugh.

Jila Kujarra: Two Snakes Dreaming

Jila Kujarra: Two Snakes Dreaming is an exciting cross-cultural collaboration between Warnman artist Desmond Taylor and Boorloo-based textiles practitioner Mariaan Pugh, commissioned by Fremantle Arts Centre in partnership with Martumili Artists. 

Taylor and Pugh have worked together to transform Taylor’s Niminjarra paintings, usually seen on canvas or paper, into highly tactile textile works, animating the important Niminjarra Jukurrpa (Dreaming).

Niminjarra is the two brothers transforming into a snake so they can come back home to Ngayartakujarra (Lake Dora). They were in training for ceremony, those two brothers, but they were kept too long, and nobody was there to release them. They waited then they decided to transform into snakes to travel back to where they came from, because their mother was waiting for them. This is Jukurrpa (Dreaming story).

Desmond Taylor, 2019

This body of work is born of Taylor’s desire to see his artworks reimagined through a textile medium and is a contemporary crafting of important ancestral stories deeply rooted in Warnman Ngurra (Country).

Courthouse Gallery+Studio, Port Hedland | August 4 — September 13, 2023

Exhibition Package Details

ARTISTSDesmond Taylor and Mariaan Pugh
MEDIAPainting and textiles 
INSTALLATIONMinimum of 26 running meters
MARKETINGMarketing Kit (includes e-invitation template, artwork for hard copy invitation, media release, promotional images, logos and acknowledgements)
INTERPRETATION MATERIALSExhibition and sponsorship panels
Artwork labels and story panels
Exhibition brochures (free for distribution)
Short video documentry (AV equipment included with tour)
Engagement activity
TOUR DURATIONUntil 1 August 2025
Available WA and interstate.
COST SHAREART ON THE MOVE Members: $3,000 (inc. GST)
Non-Members: $3,500 (inc. GST)
Interstate Galleries: Cost Negotiable 
Mariaan Pugh and Desmond Taylor at the launch of Jila Kujarra in Port Hedland.
Desmond Taylor and Mariaan Pugh, Jila Kujarra: Two Snakes Dreaming at Fremantle Arts Centre, 2022. Photography by Dan McCabe.
Punch needling workshop delivered by Mariaan Pugh and Desmond Taylor in conjunction with the Jila Kujarra exhibition in Port Hedland. Photography by Amelia Blanco.
Launch of Jila Kujarra: Two Snakes Dreaming at Courthouse Gallery+Studio, Port Hedand.

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