Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has two galleries showcasing Anangu art and crafts – Maruku Arts and Walkatjara Art.
Both galleries are located at the Cultural Centre. They are Aboriginal owned and operated, with profits invested back into the local community.
Maruku Arts sells and exhibits traditionally crafted punu (wooden carvings) as well as paintings and jewellery. All works are created by Anangu artists in the Central Western Desert region.
You can visit the Maruku Arts Gallery in the park’s Cultural Centre between 7.30 am and 5.30 pm every day.
Maruku Arts also runs seasonal dot-painting workshops at Ayers Rock Resort.
Walkatjara Art is Mutitjulu community’s art centre, owned and directed by Anangu. At Walkatjara, artists from Mutitjulu create vibrant paintings that depict local Tjukurpa stories.
Visitors to the park are welcome to visit Walkatjara Art in the Cultural Centre to see the artists at work, learn about Anangu culture and explore the stories behind the paintings.
Walkatjara is a not-for-profit community enterprise. Artists receive 50% of a painting’s sale price, and the rest is reinvested into the running costs of the art centre.
Walkatjara is a positive and lively environment where local artists can come to relax and express themselves creatively, sometimes bringing members of their family along. Artists are proud of their work and their art centre and are strong advocates for local culture.
The art centre often receives positive feedback from visitors, with some people saying that visiting Walkatjara Art and learning about Anangu culture was the highlight of their trip to Uluru.
“Pukulpa pitjama Walkatjaralakutu! Pukulpa pitjama palantjaku tjukurpa. Nganampa art centre Walkatjaranya. Kunpunku atunmara kanyinma.”
“Come happily to Walkatjara! Walkatjara is our Art Centre. We are looking after it and keeping it strong.”
– Nita Williamson and Arnold Nipper
Walkatjara Art is open from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm every day.