What is WUPA?
WUPA is an Aboriginal word that means ‘to make’ or ‘to paint’. It is taken from the language of the Wanaruah people of the Hunter Valley region.
What is WUPA@Wanaruah?
WUPA@Wanaruah (WUPA at Wanaruah) is a vehicle through which Aboriginal artists can showcase their work. The art is exhibited across a number of venues throughout the Hunter Valley for ten weeks during 2015, thereby creating an art trail through the beautiful wine region of the Hunter Valley. The exhibition provides an insight into the rich and vibrant culture of the local Aboriginal people by sharing their stories as depicted in their art.
Who are our Indigenous artists?
The artists are a mix of experienced and emerging talent that utilise both traditional and contemporary styles to tell their own unique stories.
Who started WUPA@Wanaruah?
WUPA@Wanaruah is an initiative of Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation. Ungooro is a Singleton-based not-for-profit organsiation run for the benefit of the local Aboriginal people.
From humble beginnings in 2008, very few could have predicted the success that would be borne out of the WUPA@Wanaruah initiative. The first exhibition consisted of two artists exhibiting in two venues in the Hunter Valley over a weekend. Now in its sixth year, WUPA@Wanaruah has grown to almost 20 Indigenous artists exhibiting their work over ten weeks across multiple venues throughout the Hunter Valley. Check out the artists and venues.
How is WUPA made possible?
The success of Wupa@Wanaruah has been possible because of the generosity of our sponsors. In 2015 we are pleased to have partnered with Coal and Allied and Glencore to bring you this year’s Wupa event.