Tura acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and create. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. With solidarity and friendship we say thank you.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the Tura website contains names, images and voices of people who have passed away.

Bianca Simpson recording at Wilarra Spring 2
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Kulininpalaju

Kulininpalaju [Goo (short oo)-lin-in bah-lah-joo (short oo)] is a long-term creative program partnership between Tura, Martumili Artists (MMA) and supported by BHP. Facilitated by leading Australian sound artist Philip Samartzis and project coordinator Annika Moses, this program provides Martu artists with a series of creative residencies.

The project explores the extensive possibilities of collective listening and recording, literally translating to — we are listening. Across three years of on-Country creative development from 2021 to 2023, Tura and Martumili have honed a strong methodology for Martu-led intercultural collaboration in the creative sound art medium. Influenced by Martu artists’ advanced and nuanced approach to visual storytelling through acrylic and physical mediums (such as weaving), Kulininpalaju explores sound as an exciting and potent medium for sharing Country, supporting intergenerational knowledge transfer and contributing to collective cultural wellbeing.


Philip Samartzis Photo by Annika Moses

Philip Samartzis

Philip Samartzis is sound artist, curator and researcher investigating the social and environmental conditions informing remote wilderness regions and their communities. The sound recordings he makes deploying advanced audio technologies are used within teaching, exhibition, broadcast and publication to demonstrate the transformative effects of climate change within a contemporary art context. Read more.

Annika Moses

Annika Moses

Annika is a sound artist with an eclectic and genre-diverse practice. She performs under the monikers Nika Mo, Great Statue, and contributes to the local ecology of experimental sound both as an individual and as a co-director of Tone List label. Annika facilitates sound-based creative projects with Martu, Gija, Bunuba, Gooniyandi and Walmatjarri language groups.

Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong, and it draws on strong influences of aboriginal art history. After long and cautious observation of other desert artists’ experiences of the art market.

The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area.

Kulininpalaju is a long-term creative program partnership between Tura and Martumili Artists (MMA), supported by BHP and RMIT School of Art. Tura’s ongoing programs are supported by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body and the Western Australian State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Tura and the artists thank the communities that have partnered with us and the Martu and Nyiyaparli people for their ongoing care, custodianship and connection to the land. Thank you to the Elders and community members who have welcomed us onto Country.

Images by Anna Spencer.

  • Annika Moses Alana Patch Rianne Burton Bianca Simpson Anya Samson Kimeal Simpson Philip Samartzis at Wilarra Spring
    Kulininpalaju Alysha Taylor at Sandy Creek Nyiyarparli
    Anna Spencer Rianne Burton Kimeal Simpson and Annika Moses at Wilarra Spring
    Anya Samson recording the mail plane landing in Punmu at Wilarra Spring
    Kulininpalaju Annika Moses and Alysha Taylor at Sandy Creek Nyiyarparli
    Kulininpalaju Corina Jadai at Sandy Creek Nyiyarparli
    Kulininpalaju Philip Samartzis and Alysha Taylor at Sandy Creek Nyiyarparli
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