I am the Operations Manager of Maruku Arts based at Uluru in Central Australia.
Our organisation is a 100 % Aboriginal owned co-operative that provides a service for 800 Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjara artists and craftspeople who live in communities and homelands centres to the East, West and South of Uluru.
Our organisation caters to an International audience that visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and we also exhibit work in major Galleries in Capital Cities of Australia and overseas.
I was very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Kartika Affandi in Meulaboh Aceh in 2005 with artists and students after the 2004 Tsunami and have visited her in Jogjakarta several times. Ibu Kartika had planned to visit me in Uluru last year but due to tragic circumstances was unable to come.
As a practicing artist I exhibited Watercolours and photographs at the Tondi Gallery in Medan in 2006.
I am in the process of sponsoring a young Indonesian colleague that I came to know well while working in Aceh to come and work in our organisation as I feel that we have the opportunity here to engage people from other countries in our operations for significant mutual benefit.
I am looking for ways in which to implement further cultural and artistic exchange between Indonesian and Aboriginal artists in particular and would love to attend the Meta- Meta retreat to discuss ideas with other cross cultural practitioners.
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