A new artistic work, public programs and intergenerational workshop programs for women

Punkaliyarra is a gender justice project calling for the restoration of first nations women’s leadership.

Developed on Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi country, Punkaliyarra is produced by Big hART in partnership with women from Ieramugadu community (Roebourne, WA). In community Punkaliyarra drives programs that supports leadership skills, voice and visibility for senior and young Aboriginal women. On tour Punkaliyarra presents new artistic works, inviting national and international audiences to experience the change-making power of Aboriginal matriarchal leadership.

Co-created with three generations of women Punkaliyarra: Sister-in-Law Dreaming Story celebrates ancient and contemporary stories of women’s power, where nurture, care and guidance are formed in the collective. Blending film, animation, music, song, movement and spoken word, this immersive audience experience is an invitation into women’s stories, culture and living practices that persist against all odds. A timely body of work, Punkaliyarra shares the truth of the past and a vision for the future, in a storytelling journey grounded in mutual respect.


Punkaliyarra will continue development throughout 2024, inviting cultural and story exchange with women from other nations. This builds towards a touring program of artistic and thought leadership in 2025- 2026.

On tour, Punkaliyarra will be delivered alongside events and exhibitions encouraging dialogue around gender justice, driven by the lived experience of First Nations women.