Occulture is the result of artist Lisa Engeman's second chance at life after surviving a critical brain tumour operation five years ago. Her surgery was performed by Dr Charlie Teo, and the fees were donated by an unknown benefactor.

This incredible act of generosity and kindness is embodied, every moment - everywhen. We give thanks for the opportunity to bring a little joy and beauty into the world and on a deeper level, another moment to love, to share and to return the gift received.

We proudly support and actively promote the following organisations through our jewellery collections.

WARLUKURLANGU ARTISTS 

Warlukurlangu Artists is based in the community of Yuendumu in Central Australia, located 290km northwest from Alice Springs on the Tanami Road. Yuendumu is a large Aboriginal community; the population fluctuates between 700 to 1000 people and it comprises families from similar language groups with strong cohesive traditional culture. Yuendumu has a school, clinic, police station, several shops and other Aboriginal organisations including Mt Theo Youth Program, Kurdu Kurdukurlangu Childcare Centre, Western Desert Dialysis Unit, PAW Media, and Women’s Centre.

Warlukurlangu Artists also supports the artists from the neighbouring Warlpiri communities of Nyirripi and Yuelumu.

It is a fundamental aim of Warlukurlangu Artists to share Warlpiri culture and in addition, to increase awareness about Aboriginal culture generally, and to broadly support Indigenous causes. Over the years Warlukurlangu Artists has supported its own community and other organisations working to improve conditions for Aboriginal people. It has contributed funds or artworks for fund-raising to a number of projects such as the Yuendumu Community Swimming Pool, Kurdu Kurdukurlangu Childcare Centre and Shalom Gamaroda Scholarship Fund which supports Indigenous students studying for a variety of medical and health related degrees at University of NSW.

AUSSIE DESERT DOGS

Aboriginal people have always lived very closely with their dogs and a distinctive feature of most remote communities is the large number of dogs. Warlukurlangu Artists runs a dog health program in Yuendumu.

This program involves feeding hungry dogs, managing ticks, and caring for sick and abandoned dogs. Staff regularly provide advice to community members on better care of dogs. Warlukurlangu Artists also fund vets to visit the community to sterilise dogs and treat them for various diseases.

If you are interested in adopting a Yuendumu puppy or dog or donating to the cause, visit Aussie Desert Dogs

RED DUST ROLE MODELS

Generations of Indigenous Australians in remote communities have lived a life impacted by poor health. This affects the whole community, especially young people. Red Dust believes that good health is the key to a bright future and that health outcomes can only be made possible through a two-way exchange with communities.

Red Dust delivers innovative health promotion programs and community development projects in partnership with remote communities.

Their aim is to reduce chronic disease with a focus on nutrition, hygiene, substance misuse and physical activity.

They encourage Indigenous youth to learn more about health and make healthy lifestyle choices through the mentoring and influence of positive role models in sport, art, music and dance.

ABORIGINAL MODEL SEARCH

Kamilaroi woman Sharlette Townsend is the founder of the Aboriginal Model Search and is passionate about empowering Indigenous people.

The competition assists young people within the Indigenous community discover a higher sense of self belief, self-confidence, and self-esteem by showing them techniques and tools to assist them with public speaking, which helps them with confidence boosting, and how to display themselves in front of a crowd.

Contestants receive a professional runway class detailing how to walk, talk and present themselves – useful skills for everyday life and all careers.

Also included are three professionally edited photographs for their portfolios, which are sent to two leading modelling agencies.