Long Tom Tjapanangka (born 1929 – 2006) Pintupi/Ngaatjatjarra language groups, ‘Mereenie Range with Sacred Tree and Snake’, 1996, acrylic on linen, 152 x 198 cm. Photograph by Mark Ashkanasy. © the artist l Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Three Echoes – Western Desert Art

Three Echoes – Western Desert Art showcases Australian Aboriginal art spanning the first 30 years of the Western Desert art movement, with works from 57 artists, curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA.

About the exhibition

Curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA, Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is a stunning exhibition exploring the poetic notion of echoes – how metaphorically and metaphonically we can echo a thought, a sentiment or a consciousness. In the 1970s Australian Aboriginal people from the desert began talking to the world through art, transferring their creation stories of the land and people to canvas. Now in the 2020s, this foundational echo is going back and forth. No longer a one-sided, outward calling, it reverberates multi-dimensionally within wider Australian and global communities.


Eunice Napanangka Jack, Coral Napurrula, Marlee Napurrula, Katungka Napanangka, Narputta Nangala Jugadai, Daisy Napaltjarri Jugadai, Mitjili Napurrula, Alice Nampitjinpa, Long Tom Tjapanangka, Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) Tjungurrayi, Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, Dr George Tjapaltjarri, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka, Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, George Tjungurrayi, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Willie Tjungurrayi, Nolan Tjapangati, Ray James Tjangala, Charlie Ward Tjakamarra, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Maudie Petersen Nungurrayi, Takariya Napaltjarri, Yinarupa Nangala, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Makinti Napanangka, Kayi Kayi Nampitjinpa, Tatali Nangala, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, Walangkura Napanangka, Pantjiya Nungurrayi, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra, David Ross Pwerle, Charlie Jones Petyarre, Terry Rumble Petyarre, Ollie Kemarre, Edie Holmes Akemarr (Kemarre), Wendy Mbitjana, Gloria Petyarre, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Gladdy Kemarre, Lena Pwerle, Rosie Pwerle, Polly Nelson Ngale, Nora Petyarre, Gloria Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre, Rosemary Petyarre, Jeannie Pwerle, Joy Petyarre, Hilda Pwerle and Lena Skinner.

Tour dates

10 September 202219 November 2022
26 November 2022 15 January 2023
4 March 20237 May 2023
2 June 202327 August 2023
23 March 202419 May 2024
14 June 202429 July 2024
9 August 202427 October 2024
9 November 2024 18 January 2025
1 February 202511 May 2025
24 May 202527 July 2025
2 August 202512 October 2025
29 October 2025 28 February 2026


Three Echoes – Western Desert Art is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Karin Schack and Andrew Arnott, and curated by Djon Mundine OAM FAHA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through its Visions of Australia program and through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Museums & Galleries Queensland is also supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.


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An artwork by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael consisting of ghost net, fibres and fish scales
Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael, ‘Circle of Life and Light’ (detail), 2019. Ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales. Dimensions variable. Photo: Carl Warner.

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