A light show unlike anything in the Pilbara which explores the Martu use of waru will be unveiled in Newman as part of the town’s NAIDOC week celebrations. The inaugural Pilbara Light Show will be shown at the Shire of East Pilbara’s NAIDOC Week opening ceremony on June 30 at the East Pilbara Arts Centre. The show uses a lighting array to digitally project the artwork of senior Martumili artist Ngamaru Bidu and will be shown for four days from June 30 to July 3. The digital projection, by Perth-based media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes, will enable the elements of Bidu’s work Walyja Ngurra to move like the very fire it represents. Walyia Ngurra bathes viewers in intense chromatic light inspired by the cultural and land management practices of Martu using waru (fire). Hayes combined high resolution images of Bidu’s fire paintings, the information she shared with him, and his own skills in digital animation to create a landscape in flux, energised and moving like the surface of the sun. Originally curated by Erin Coates on behalf of Fremantle Arts Centre, this is first time Walyja Ngurra has been exhibited and seen in the Pilbara. Shire of East Pilbara president Anthony Middleton said the light show was something unique for Newman. “The fact that it’s happening during NAIDOC Week makes it even more heartfelt and meaningful,” he said. It kicks off 11 days of activities in Newman including story time with the Newman Library, Newman Youth Centre activities, a Twilight Movie Series and the Martumili artists will open their Waru exhibition. The NAIDOC Youth Ball will also be held on July 1 and headspace Pilbara will be hosting a youth trivia event.