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“There is No Alone Time” – A Yirrkala Conversation

On Friday 4 February 2022 ANU PhD candidate and Jennifer Strauss Fellow, Lara Nicholls interviewed Will Stubbs who has been the co-ordinator of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory for almost 30 years.  He joined her over the telephone on a very wet day from the heart of Yolngu sea Country in North-East Arnhem Land and this is the abridged version of their far-ranging conversation about the role of the arts centre which has become an important place for many Yolngu artists and their families who come there to work and explore their art-making practice. Listen below:

Music: A Good Day-Young Balung, Sir Dre & BJ. Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, Aris & The Mulka Project.

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Image: Mulkun Wirrpanda (C. 1942-2021), Dhuḏi-Djapu, Dha-malamirr Clan, Dhuwa moiety. Matarawatj II, 2018. Earth pigment on board, 240 x 120cm.

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