Anindilyakwa Arts is a thriving hub of creativity located on the Groote Eylandt Archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory. The program is fully supported by the Anindilyakwa Land Council within its Preserving Culture Department and aligned with the ALC’s mission to protect, maintain and promote Anindilyakwa culture.
Diverse arts programs focus on engagement with community and Warnamamalya artists across the Archipelago within art spaces in Umbakumba, Angurugu and Milyukbura, encouraging a revitalisation of traditional practices for women artists such as pandanas weaving and string bag making as well as carving and painting by the men.
The Men’s Art space in Angurugu engages senior and younger men including artists from Thompson’s Bay Outstation and the Milyakburra community on Bickerton Island. There has been a revitalisation of bark painting, carving and the making of Yiraka (didgeridoos). Activities involve the harvesting of raw materials, promoting the practice of being on country and revisiting traditional practices so as to forge pathways for young and older men to engage and learn from one another.
Anindilyakwa women are increasingly gaining National and International recognition for their contemporary bush dyed textiles and fashion line. This includes screen printed and digital designed fabrics, seed and shell jewelry and weavings from pandanas & ghost nets. Their innovative take on traditional fibre art practice has been showcased in esteemed awards including the Telstra NATSIAA Awards and the National Indigenous Fashions Awards.
Watch the videos below to learn how art is made on Groote Eylandt.
Edith Mamarika | Weaver/Teacher
Senior Anindilyakwa Artist Edith Mamarika tells a story about weaving from the olden days with pandanus to the present with ghost nets. This video is a co-production of Anindilyakwa Arts & ALC Media. © 2020 Anindilyakwa Land Council
Anindilyakwa Arts | Bush Dye Afternoon
Artists Alice Durilla, Stephanie Durilla and Noeleen Lalalara Danjibana collect bush dye and colour fabric in an afternoon at the Anindilyakwa Art Gallery on Groote Eylandt. This video was aired on the Anindilyawka Arts Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair web store and also used in an online basket weaving tutorial. The video was produced as a joint venture between ALC Media and Anindilyakwa Arts for DAAF 2020. © 2020 Anindilyakwa Arts & Anindilyakwa Land Council
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