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Milparinka - Gritta Walker + Bonnie Quayle

In exciting news for historic Milparinka, the art installation is nearly finished for the first of three sculptures that will form the Sturt’s Steps Sculpture Trail. A sculpture by Broken Hill artists, Gritta Walker and Bonnie Quayle (Malyangapa/Barkindji) acknowledges the hardships and the joys in the lives of the women who once lived in the region.
Gritta says the concept for her cast metal and rammed earth sculpture was inspired by the collection of letters and correspondence held by the Milparinka Heritage & Tourism Association’s collections.
The Sturt’s Steps Sculpture Trail will feature a further two sculptures, to be located at Packsaddle Roadhouse and Tibooburra. The project is funded by Restart NSW and Infrastructure NSW with the support of the NSW Government. West Darling Art's Project Officer, Jo Crase, has been managing the public art component of the sculpture trail since August 2020.
Milparinka Heritage Precinct is gearing up for the arrival of cultural tourists with upgrades to the camping site, landscaping and the development of the Sturt + Kidman Centre. It was great to see the development of a Women's Room in the Museum. It is a gem of a heritage site and easily accessible.
West Darling Arts met Heritage volunteers Pam and Jim yesterday, who were on a two week stint looking after the Museum and campsite and absolutely loving it. We thank all volunteers like Pam and Jim who enable our Heritage sites to be open to the public and who provide value added experiences for tourists.
(Image: Gritta Walker installation in Milparinka)

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