Anindilyakwa Arts and Cultural Centre - Art Collector

Courtesy: the artists and Anindilyakwa Arts and Cultural Centre, Northern Territory.

The Anindilyakwa people of the Groote Eylandt archipelago are a culturally distinct group who communicate ancient traditions, cross cultural encounters and contemporary stories through art, dance and song. Through the Anindilyakwa Arts Centre, they have opened up their traditional country and culture.

The Art Centre was established in 2005 by the Anindilyakwa Land Council to help local artists promote and sell their artwork. The centre’s artists are the Anindilyakwa speakers from communities & outstations across the archipelago.

Many artists have adopted a contemporary art style that is influenced by new technologies and techniques, though the content is still profoundly insightful of their culture.

Groote Eylandt artwork is known internationally for the traditional dash painting technique which is entirely unique to the Archipelago. Present day paintings from Groote Eylandt display a broader range of colours in addition to ochre. Characterised by their narrative and graphical qualities, the paintings reveal ancestral creation stories, totemic animals, wind totems, mapping and historical events, in particular, their interaction with Macassan traders who featured in all aspects of Aboriginal life including ceremony, trade, language and imagery.

In recent years female Anindilyakwa artists have developed unique natural dyeing techniques, harnessing pigments unique to the Archipelago to create unique hand dyed textiles.

The centre sells a range of items including bush dyed textiles and fashions, ghost net weavings, traditional pandanus baskets, traditional carvings and jewellery made from shells and seeds endemic to the region.

Current artists

  • Bernadette Watt
  • Tammy Lalara
  • Alfred Lalara
  • Annabell Amagula
  • Sharna Wurramara
  • Letoria Yulidjirri
  • Dale Herbert
  • Vera Lalara
  • Maicey Lalara
  • Elsie Bara
  • Lucy Bara
  • Joanne Mamarika
  • Jeanelle Mamarika

Access information

Groote Eylandt is situated in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Daily return flights are available from Groote Eylandt and Cairns. Accommodation is available at the Groote Eylandt Beach Resort Alyangula. The Groote Eylandt Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Anindilyakwa Arts, Groote Eylandt
1 Bougainvillea Drive
Alyangula NT 0885

(08) 8987 6667