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March is the month for Warlpiri in Sydney. Some people from Nyirrpi, a southwest Warlpiri community are putting on an exhibition of paintings, Emerging at Gallery Gondwana, 7 Danks Street, Waterloo, until March 13.

And then, just as they leave, some women from Lajamanu, the northernmost Warlpiri community, will be down as artists in residence for painting workshops at the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales from the 13th to the 23rd. They'll finish their visit by performing a public yawulyu (women's ceremonial dance and song series) on 23rd March. This will take place during the launch of a book Breasts, Bodies, Canvas: Central Desert Art as Experience by Jennifer Biddle (UNSW Press).

Here are the details on the launch.

The book will be launched by Rosie Napurrurla Tasman and her daughter, Lynette Napangardi Tasman. The two of them, along with Molly Napurrurla Tasman, Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves, and Myra Nungarrayi Herbert will conduct and perform the yawulyu.

Time: 5.00 for 5.30pm (children welcome)

Date: Friday 23rd March 2007

Place: COFA Space Foyer College of Fine Arts Campus Cnr Greens Road & Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

Please RSVP by 22nd March by email or phone to: Sudiipta Dowsett at sudiipta AT gmail.com or (02) 9850-7564

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