Established in 1989 as a screen-printing workshop, Injalak Arts quickly expanded into selling paintings and weavings made by Kunwinjku-speaking artists based in Gunbalanya and Outstations (small home land communities) in West Arnhem Land. The landscape of West is an ecologically rich environment which has inspired artists for at least 65,000 years. On sandstone outcrops around West Arnhem Land, one can find beautiful and ancient rock art paintings – expressions of an astounding creative tradition.
The traditional palette of white, red, yellow and black comes from the ochre that naturally occurs in the region, although contemporary artists sometimes paint in acrylics as well. Kunwinjku artists use traditional rarrk hatching and x-ray style techniques, as well as more contemporary and complex cross-hatching, which has been adapted from ceremonial painting. Fibre works such as string bags, baskets, mats and sculptures are created from locally sourced natural materials. The vibrant colours are produced from flowers, berries and roots. Injalak Arts is known for hand screen-printed textiles inspired by culture, which include animals, plants, traditional cultural objects and creation time beings.
Injalak Arts recently established Provenance Arts, a retail outlet and exhibition space in Darwin. Provenance Arts sells amazing works by Injalak Artists as well as ethically sourced works from 30 other Art Centres from around the Top End and the rest of Australia.
Permits are required to visit Injalak Arts. If you are driving there is a river crossing that is affected by tides and seasons.
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