NGUKURR ART CENTRE is located on the banks of the Roper River at the south-eastern cusp of Arnhem Land. The Art Centre, like Ngukurr (place of many stories), is abundant with diverse histories and traditions – bringing together many different clans and language groups. The community is home to Ngalakgan, Alawa, Mangarrayi, Ngandi, Marra, Warndarrang, Nunggubuyu, Ritharrngu-Wägilak and Rembarrnga, known collectively as Yugul Mang, meaning all of us together.
Ngukurr artists draw from cultural, ceremonial and Ancestral knowledge, and varied artistic influences. Their artwork includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, animation and video. This year Ngalakgan artist Karen Rogers collaborated with Jake Duczynski to create NATSIAA 2021 nominated short animation Wanmari, a story about Karen’s favourite fishing spot, which teaches how Country provides all one may need.
Distinct from most Top End Art Centres, no single artistic style summarises Ngukurr Arts, instead artists experiment with colour, form and representation. Artwork ranges from Gwenneth Blitner’s luminous floral landscapes to NATSIAA nominated artist Wally Wilfred’s figurative depictions of Devil Devil, which merge traditional techniques with a vivid palette, and an ever inventive use of materials.
Image: Gwenneth Blitner, Mijal (wet season). Work on canvas, 200 x 300cm. Courtesy: Ngukurr Art Centre.