Selling Yarns 2

Innovation for sustainability



Professional Pathways - The Canning Stock Route Project

Session: Mentoring between communities Friday 6 March 2009 10:40 12:05pm

Carly Davenport Acker

Cultural Program Manager and Project Manager, FORM


The Canning Stock Route Project (CSR Project) is a pioneering, multifaceted contemporary arts and cultural initiative which celebrate the lives and stories of Western Desert Indigenous people, their histories and their communities. Brokered by FORM, a not-for-profit arts and cultural body in Western Australia, the CSR Project represents 89 participating cultural custodians and artists from across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Midwest regions of the Western Desert. The alliance of nine Indigenous cultural organisations anchoring the project is unprecedented: Mangkaja Arts [Fitzroy Crossing], Warlayirti Artists [Balgo], Papunya Tula Artists [Kiwirrkurra], Yulparija Artists [Bidyadanga], Martumili Artists [representing Newman/ Parnngurr/ Punmu/ Kunawarritji/ Jigalong communities], Tjukurba Gallery [Wiluna], Ngurra Artists [Ngumpan], Paruku Indigenous Protected Area artists [Mulan], Kayili Artists [Patjarr].

In development since late 2006, the CSR Project has facilitated multiple in-country consultations and professional development workshops (carving, weaving and painting) with artists across Western Australia, including a six week journey back to country along the Canning Stock Route in 2007. The project will launch an exhibition and book at the National Museum of Australia in mid 2010.

The CSR Project has been structured to create innovative employment and participation models that build economic, social and cultural capacity within community enterprises. The project aims to create ongoing leadership and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people through avenues which are adaptive, responsive and culturally appropriate, enabling solid benefits that will outlast the project.

See also: Carly Davenport Acker's biography