Wukun Wanambi

Director of ANKAA

Wukun Wanambi is a Yolngu artist from Eastern Arnhem Land and member of the Marrakulu clan. Wukun began painting in 1997 as a result of the Saltwater project in which he participated. His arm of the Marrakulu clan is responsible for saltwater imagery which had not been painted intensively since his father’s death in 1981. His first bark for the Saltwater project won the 1998 NATSIAA Best Bark award. In the 2003 NATSIAA awards, a sculpted larrakitj by Wukun was Highly Commended in 3D category and he held his first solo show at Raft Artspace in Darwin in 2004 followed by solo shows at Niagara Galleries, Melbourne in 2005 and 2008. Wukun has been involved heavily in all the major communal projects of this decade including the Sydney Opera House commission, the opening of the National Museum of Australia, the Wukidi ceremony in the Darwin Supreme Court and the films: Lonely Boy RichardThe Pilot’s Funeraland Dhakiyarr versus The King. In 2014 Wukun graduated from the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts at the University of Melbourne, specialising is Indigenous Arts Management and is currently Director of ANKAA (Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists) the peak advocacy and support agency for Aboriginal artists and Art Centre located in Arnhem Land, Darwin, Katherine, Kimberley and the Tiwi Islands.

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