The launch of Patrick Tjungurrayi’s book:
Patrick Tjungurrayi is revered throughout the Western Desert for his strength in Aboriginal Law, feted in the art-world for the originality and power of his paintings, and respected everywhere for his stand against the inadequate health bureaucracy of Central Australia. His life illuminates the history, art history, and political history of Australia throughout the twentieth century. This is his story.
Patrick Tjungurrayi has told his story and used his art to raise public and political awareness of a major renal health crisis facing Aboriginal people across Australia. As a dialysis patient himself, who has fought for the provision of adequate health services in remote communities, Patrick’s story illuminates the innovative and effective response to this crisis being driven by an extraordinary Indigenous organisation, the Purple House (Western Desert Dialysis).
All proceeds from the sale of this book support the work of the Purple House in providing dialysis and essential support services to people in Central Australia and beyond. As such, there is no wholesale or trade discount on this fundraising venture.
Thank you to Papunya Tula for their ongoing support of Western Desert Dialysis and Business Council of Australian and Australian Unity. Both of these organisations supported Western Desert Dialysis with the development and launch of the book and the Purple House Fund. We were lucky enough to receive a relationship with these organisations as a part of our prize as runners up for the Indigenous Governance Awards in 2012.
Story provided by the Purple house.
The book is available at http://uwap.uwa.edu.au