The artists of Watarru have received high acclaim for their collaborative paintings, with their initial collaborative work commissioned by the Department for Environment and Heritage, which now hangs on permanent display in the South Australian Parliament. These are the first paintings by Indigenous artists to hang in parliament house. In 2007 they won a major prize in the national ‘Drawing Together’ competition sponsored by the Australian Public Service Commission, a competitive award, which attracted over 570 entries from across Australia.
Imitjala Pollard, Beryl Jimmy and Kumanara (Wipana) Jimmy (dec.) are the women whose distinctive marks come together in the paintings of the Watarru Collaborative. Mother to Imitjala and Beryl, Kunmanara Jimmy was born in the bush at Makiri rockhole in the Western Desert in 1935. Her mother’s country is Watarru and her father’s place is Aparatjara. Beryl and Kunmanara were born in Fregon where they spent their childhood before Kunmanara and her daughters returned to Watarru where Kunmanara helped to establish Watarru as a permanent community.
These women of Watarru continue to paint vibrant collaborative paintings which have received high acclaim and recognition, and entered collections nationally and internationally.