Anindilyakwa Arts is a not-for-profit, Indigenous owned community Art Centre, on the Groote Archipelago.

While the Art Centre is known for the female led initiative of bush died silks, its extensive art range also includes ghost net baskets, lino prints, screen prints, homewares and jewellery. The Anindilyakwa Arts men’s art program commenced at the start 2019, and has further extended the product range to didgeridoos, paintings and carvings.

Featured artist Sharna Wurramara of Anindilyakwa Arts. Image courtesy of Anindilyakwa Arts.

Featured Artist: Sharna Wurramara

Sharna Wurramara is a talented emerging artist from Anindilyakwa Arts. She is from the Wurramara (Warnungangkwurrakba) clan and grew up in Angurugu, Groote Eylandt. Sharna has exhibited in the past two years at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, the Ghost Net Baskets exhibition at Japingka Art Gallery in Fremantle and various shows at the Aboriginal Bush Traders in Darwin.

“The old ladies teach me weaving, they teach me how to make baskets from pandanas and also from the ghost net. I like making the baskets; I like to go to the art centre; I have a good job here. I talk with Tammy and I teach her, we
laugh and we sit together making baskets, earrings and fashion. My grandmother used to make baskets and bush bags and my grandfather carved and did everything. The art centre is “Eningaba” (good) and every Wednesday we dye and make baskets”