Warlukurlangu Artists is one of the longest running and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia.

Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local Warlpiri language, and is named after the Fire Dreaming site west of Yuendumu. The Art Centre represents more than 500 artists from the communities of Yuendumu and Nyippiri. It has a national and international profile and its art has been featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.

Featured artist Ruth Spencer of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Image courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

Featured Artist: Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer

Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer has spent most of her life in the remote Aboriginal community of Yuendumu, 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She attended school locally in Yuendumu, then attended Alice Springs High School, and finally completed further qualifications in administrative work. Ruth currently works for the Yuendumu Shire Council, but has held a number of admin positions since leaving school.
She is married and has one young son. Ruth has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since she was a teenager. Her grandfather and grandmother told her the stories of her Jukurrpa (Dreaming). Aside from painting, Ruth enjoys playing basketball and softball.