Anindilyakwa Arts Arts is a thriving hub of art centres and gallery located on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory.
Anindilyakwa Arts continues to diversify its arts program, increasing engagement with community and Warnamamalya artists across Groote Eylandt, focusing on increased employment of Indigenous art workers and arts practitioners, opening new Art Centres in Umbakumba and Angurugu and encouraging a program of revitalisation of traditional practices such as weaving pandanas, women gathering fibres for string and baskets and men carving and painting. The gallery in Alyangula is operating as a commercial space with curated exhibitions of artworks for locals and tourists that visit Groote Eylandt.
Anindilyakwa women are renowned for their contemporary bush-dyed textiles and fashion lines, seed and shell jewellery, botanical lino prints and weavings of pandanas and ghost nets. Their innovative take on traditional fibre art practice has been showcased in awards including the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize; the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Telstra Awards.
Anindilyakwa Arts’ exquisite fashion designs have been presented at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Fashion Showcase, Intertwined and the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s From Country to Couture. They were also included in the Australian Indigenous art and fashion program, which made its debut at Jakarta Fashion Week in 2018.
The new Angurugu Men’s Art Centre engages senior and younger men including artists from outstations at Thompson’s Bay and the Milyakburra community on Bickerton Island. There has been a revitalisation of bark painting, carving and making Yiraka (Didgeridoos). Activities involve the harvesting of raw materials, promoting the practice of being on Country and revisiting traditional practices, creating pathways for young and older men to engage and learn from one another. Many new artworks will be showcased for the first time at the 2019 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.
The program is fully supported by the Anindilyakwa Land Council within its Preserving Culture Department with its new mission to protect, maintain and promote Anindilyakwa culture.