NPYWC News

Tjanpi Desert Weavers at Desert Mob

Posted on Sep 12, 2018

Tjanpi Desert Weavers at Desert Mob

Our social enterprise Tjanpi Desert Weavers has helped kick off another successful Desert Mob – an annual event celebrating contemporary art from Aboriginal owned art centres in Central Australia. NPY Women’s Council director and Tjanpi senior weaver, Rene Kulitja, officially opened the 2018 event in front of hundreds of people on Thursday evening. And on Friday, Tjanpi artist Cynthia Burke presented at the Desert Mob Symposium with animator Jonathan Daw on their project Ngayuku Papa (My Dog); an animation about Cynthia’s own papa, Tiny. On Saturday, Tjanpi work proved popular with the crowd...

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NINU: Grandmother’s Law book launch

Posted on Aug 21, 2018

NINU: Grandmother’s Law book launch

The life and teachings of the late Nura Ward are now available to everyone through her autobiography Ninu: Grandmother’s Law, which was launched at our Alice Springs office last week. Mrs Ward, a Yankunytjatjara woman who passed away in 2013, was a true leader of the NPY region and is remembered as a generous cultural teacher and a relentless advocate for indigenous health. Speaking at the launch, Mrs Ward’s niece Melissa Thompson, who wrote the forward for the book, said she was proud to see the publication finished. “Her (Nura’s) life was so powerful; she was a leader,” she said. “When I...

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UPK6 launches into the stratosphere

Posted on Aug 9, 2018

UPK6 launches into the stratosphere

This week NPY Women’s Council celebrated its first involvement with the UPK music program; an initiative of the Nganampa Health Council that uses music to create awareness and inspire action about issues faced by Anangu (people of the Western Desert). On Thursday a USB carrying the sixth UPK album was launched into the world aboard a balloon ship (see video here). It comes almost 30 years after the first instalment was recorded at Mutitjulu in 1989. The current album was also released on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. UPK stands for Uwankara Palyanku Kanyintjaku; a Pitjantjatjara expression...

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Tjanpi Desert Weavers celebrate NAIDOC week in Timor-Leste

Posted on Jul 23, 2018

Tjanpi Desert Weavers celebrate NAIDOC week in Timor-Leste

Weavers in Timor-Leste recently received a dose of Central Australian inspiration when representatives from Tjanpi Desert Weavers took their story to the nation during NAIDOC week. On invitation by the Australian Embassy, artist Rene Kulitja and Tjanpi Manager Michelle Young travelled to Dili to showcase the achievement and beauty of the desert weavers’ work, and share the way their artistic practice has developed. For Timorese women, weaving is currently seen as a handicraft and cultural expression. In contrast, Tjanpi has grown their practice to a contemporary art form, and their artists...

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CEO Andrea Mason speaks the Australian Press Club

Posted on Jul 12, 2018

CEO Andrea Mason speaks the Australian Press Club

NPY Women’s Council CEO Andrea Mason addressed the Australian Press Club on 12 July 2018 on the program of the NAIDOC Women’s Conference. Below are the words she shared with delegates.   NPY Women’s Council established its Domestic and Family Violence Service (DFV) in 1994. The service initially focussed on assisting women to gain access to the criminal justice system. This was what was needed at the time. In the context of NPY Women’s Council as a whole and the changing context of remote communities over that time the service has recently taken on a different focus. Whilst...

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2016 Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year!

Posted on Nov 17, 2016

2016 Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year!

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council directors and staff congratulate our Chief Executive Officer Andrea Mason on being awarded the 2016 National Telstra Business Woman of the Year for Special Purpose and Social Enterprise, and the 2016 Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year award! The Telstra Business Women’s Awards are the longest running women’s awards program in Australia, championing women in diverse industries and creating opportunities for national connections and conversations. Andrea, along with the other State and Territory finalists, gathered...

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