Changsuo Jing Sheng
Spirit of Place
这都是我们一起创作的 – 油画，玻璃，还有各种东西。这来自于我们的故事，
The Warburton Arts Community was very pleased to be part of the ASEAN Expo in Nanning.
A key reason of our Tu DI Shen Ti - Our Land Our Body touring program of 16 Chinese museums
bringing highlights from the collection to China in 2011 and again in 2013-2014 was been
finding ways to share Australia’s diverse cultural heritage with other countries in Asia,
and make friends.
Thirty paintings by Ngaanyatjarra artists were presented as an official part of the
ASEAN Expo program at the Yongjiang Inlet Art Museum. The exhibition - with paintings
by Nora Holland, Betty West, Norma Giles, Christine West, Olive Lawson, Lalla West,
Madeleine Jackson and Debra West - was on display for 8 weeks. Besides adding to the
profile of Ngaanyatjarra artists established by Tu Di Shen Ti at Yongjiang Inlet
Art Museum in June 2013, the ASEAN Expo event attracted cultural business and
marketing interests from across China. It thereby helped the Warburton Arts
Community develop marketing research profiles for the sale of work by Warburton
artists in China.
Warburton Ranges community is in the traditional homelands of the Ngaanyatjarra
Aboriginal people, deep in the Western Desert of Western Australia. It is one of
the most remote communities in Australia. It is also the home of the internationally
renowned Warburton Collection and this, with over 1000 paintings and numerous works
in textile and art glass, is one of the largest collections of Indigenous art held
by Indigenous people themselves in the world. Now 25 years old, the Warburton
Collection is a unique cultural repository and a tourism attraction of international
Many years ago we realized that, besides strengthening Indigenous heritage values in
our community, cultural expression could also be a way of building relationships
with other people in other places. We were therefore delighted to bring the art of
Ngaanyatjarra people to Nanning as part of this cultural gathering of Asian nations.
Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia China Council, the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australia Council for the Arts.