‘Buku-Larrŋggay’ is the feeling on your face as it is struck by the first sun rays, denoting Buku-Larrŋggay Mulka’s location in the most easterly place of the Top End; Miwatj or the Sunrise country.
‘Mulka’ is a sacred but public ceremony, and also means to hold or protect. Thus the Art Centre is the North-east Arnhem Land cultural centre and keeping place.
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka has a long, proud history as one of Australia’s premier Art Centres and Indigenous culture strongholds. Artists have established a worldwide reputation for excellence, exemplified by their winning of many of Australia’s major Indigenous art prizes. Our primarily Yolŋu staff service Yirrkala and the approximately 25 homeland centres in a 200 km radius.
Malaluba is senior artist of the Dhalwaŋu clan based in the Gäŋgaŋ Homeland. She is a fine exponent of Marwat, the cross hatching technique using a ‘hair brush’. She mainly paints her mother’s Gälpu clan designs of dhatam (waterlilly), djari (rainbow), djaykuŋ (file snake) and wititj (olive python).
She has had many successful exhibitions, including permanent displays in the AGNSW in 2011 and Darwin International Airport in 2016.