We are thrilled to have several Art Centres joining the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair for the very first time in 2015. Please join us in welcoming Marnin Enterprise Studio, Badu Art Centre, Nagula Jarndu and the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance. Meet the Artists, hear their stories and see the art works when the fair kicks off on August 7!
Marnin Enterprise Studio
Marnin is the Walmajarri word for women and this unique design studio emerged in 2013 from the innovative work of the Marinwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing in the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia.
The Marnin Studio creates exquisite contemporary Indigenous block and screen-printed textile products and hand painted ceramics and boab nuts.
Badu Art Centre
Badu Art Centre is based in Badu Island in the Torres Strait.Badu is a special place, and this specialness – this ‘Aislan Kustom’ can be felt in all that they do there. Their art reflects their strong cultural traditions, relationships, dedication to the Ocean, to our Island and all of its creatures and animals. They show their relationships with the wind, rain, earth, the skies, stars and the sun.
They use a range of visual and creative mediums including printmaking, Bronze and aluminium casting, etching, painting, jewellery, textiles and carving.
Nagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman in Yawuru language) is located in Broome in WA.
Their artists are from a variety of cultural and language groups, all inspired by the colours and landscape of the natural beauty of Broome.
Yawuru Jarndu has been operating for 27 years since 1987 when it was first established as an Indigenous women’s resource centre by Yawuru women, with the aim of recording oral history and preserving Yawuru language and culture.
The Centre has since evolved as an arts and textiles business, offering training in screen printing and dressmaking, producing fabrics for clothing and home wares, designed and made by local Indigenous artists. In more recent years, Nagula Jarndu, determined to facilitate for local Aboriginal women, continues to run skill building and developmental workshops for local women from a variety of spaces in Broome.
The women have continued to produce distinctive hand crafted products with motifs and colours often picked from the unique Broome landscape.
Indigenous Art Centre Alliance
The Indigenous Art Centre Alliance Inc. (IACA) is the peak body that supports and advocates for the community-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and cultural centres of Far North Queensland. This year, a group booth has been put together with art from Wik and Kagu Art Centre at Aurukun, Girringun aboriginal Art Centre from Cardwell, MI Art from Mornington Island, and Yalanji Art Centre from Mossman Gorge. The varied country and culture of these four art centres is reflected in the exciting and different art and art forms, displayed at DAAF.