Dotpainting Workshop in Uluru

Learn about the unique art forms of the Anangu people and travel into a fascinating world of indigenous cultural beliefs.

Ayers Rock, Australia
Duration
1 hour 30 min
Start time
10:30 am & 01:30 pm
Group size
5
Minimum age
5 yrs
Languages
English
Meals
No
FromAUD $69
Child ( 5 - 15 years ): AUD $35
Family of 4: AUD $195
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Highlights

  • 1.5-hour fascinating art class with a local Anangu artist
  • Fun introduction to Aboriginal culture and beliefs
  • Take home an amazing dot painting of your own story

WHAT TO EXPECT

Get a unique chance to learn about one of the most fascinating cultures in the world! Prepare to be amazed as you go on an unforgettable journey deep into the heart and soul of Aboriginal culture. It’s the oldest living cultural history in the world and it is truly amazing. We guarantee you’ll be blown away by fantastic Creation time stories of this ancient indigenous people.

 

During this 1.5 hour workshop, our local Aboriginal artist will show you the strong link between art and history. You’ll get an introduction to several intriguing desert art forms and we promise it’ll be great of fun. In fact, you’ll even get the chance to paint your very own traditional dot painting! This is an Aussie experience you’ll never forget!

 

 

Meet the amazing Anangu people

Today, there are more than 500 indigenous tribes or nations spread out through Australia. One of them is the Anangu people who live in the Central Australian desert near Uluru or Ayers Rock. Their community has an estimated 4,000 members and many still live on their ancestral land in the desert.

 

The Anangu have been very successful in keeping alive their traditional language and culture. They still have a close relationship with nature and one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions, Uluru. A sacred Anangu site. For thousands of years, this area has had a strong symbolic value and it continues to be covered in mystery. 

 

Our dot painting workshop is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this fascinating culture in person. We’re pretty sure the Creation time stories will amaze!

 

 

Learn an ancient art form

During the workshop, you’ll get introduced to different desert art forms. Our local Anangu artists are highly experiences, but be careful – their passion is contagious! There’s a chance you’ll end up discovering an unknown talent for dot painting.

 

Aboriginals use symbols and varying painting styles to tell stories from the so-called Creation time or Tjukurpa. Cave paintings and other artwork make it possible to travel back in time and understand ancient tales. This is why dot painting is such an important part of Aboriginal culture: it’s a fantastic way to see what happened in the past. Forget everything about boring history books – dots are way more fun!  

 

As the cherry on top, you’ll get to test your own artistic skills. Using the tips and tricks you’ve learned during the workshop, you’ll paint your very own story. Take your time and enjoy your first dot painting experience to the fullest. The best part is that when you’re done, you can take home a beautiful little piece of indigenous art. What better souvenir to ask for?

 

 

Support a good cause

Maruku is an Indigenous Tourism Champion and a non-profit art and craft corporation. We’ve existed for more than 30 years and we’re 100 % owned and run by the Anangu people. Since the beginning, it’s been our mission to keep Anangu cultural practices strong. We’re proud to have such a fascinating heritage and we can’t wait to share it with you.

 

We play an important part in attracting tourism to Anangu lands, and we take this responsibility very seriously. Through our work, we seek to benefit the local artists, their families, and their communities. Our artist collective is made up by approximately 900 Anangu artists, who are all very passionate about their art.

 

At Maruku, we like to think that education is the key to understanding. That’s why we’re so happy to be able to share our fantastic culture and history. This way, we help to create respect and increase cultural awareness in Australia.  We always do our best to make sure you walk away with an absolutely fantastic memory and a big smile on your face!

 


Departures date and time: 

Daily tours from 10:30 am to 12:00 am and from 1:30 pm to 15:00 pm. 

 

Group size:

Maximum group size of 5 people. 

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Tour Itinerary;

Maruku reserves the right to alter any of the tours and change the structure of tours if required. This could be a result of weather conditions, unforeseen circumstances and/or cultural reasons. Tour durations may vary from advertised times.


Child Rates & Conditions:

Child rates apply to children who are 5 - 15 years of age (inclusive).

Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult.
 

Days of Operation

The workshops only operate with a minimum of 5 pax. Maruku does not operate each year on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and between the 10th January - 28th February. Other close out dates will be advised separately.


Tour participation

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a paying adult. Guests with disabilities are welcome provided they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from Maruku personnel. Cultural Obligations. Please be aware that the Maruku artists are traditional Aboriginal people with strong cultural obligations. In the event of ceremonial duties or other unforeseen circumstances, Maruku may not be able to provide the specified tour as advertised.


Photography & Media

Photography & filming for commercial purposes may not be undertaken without prior permission from Maruku. Media groups are encouraged to advise and approach Maruku Arts directly when planning tours for media purposes.

 

Smoking

Government regulations prohibit smoking inside our premises.


Personal Property

Maruku will take all reasonable care to protect the property of guests, but will accept no responsibility or liability for the loss or damage of items left behind. We suggest that travellers arrange their own insurance and/or security for valuable items.


Cancellation Policy:

Full Refund - if we have been given more than 24 hours' notice for the cancelled tour.

No refund will be provided for cancellations within 24 hours of tour departure.

Refunds will not be given to clients who are 'no shows'.

Extenuating circumstances requiring tour refunds will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Amendments to bookings with more than 24 hours' notice are free of charge.


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Maruku@Uluru
83 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia

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