Durrmu Arts - Art Collector

Courtesy: the artist and Durrmu Arts, Northern Territory

Durrmu Arts is a not-for-profit Indigenous governed and owned corporation which is located in Peppimenarti, 300 kilometres south west of Darwin. Established in 2007, it represents 11 artists from the Ngan’gikurungurr and Ngen’giwumirri language groups.

The word durrmu translates to dot painting, and refers to Ngan’gikurungurr designs on sand, bark, fibre and on the body.

Peppimenarti artists have long been celebrated for the bold colours and striking designs of their high quality fibre works made from merrepen (sand palm) and yerrgi (pandanus). In 2001, acrylic paint was introduced starting a wave of new works that have seen the transferal of traditional patterns, usually used in woven pandanus and sand palm fibre works, onto canvas with exceptional outcomes.

In 2003 Regina Pilawuk Wilson won the general painting category in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Since then her paintings have been collected by numerous public institutions, and were featured at the 2009 Moscow Biennale.

Current artists

  • Miriam Byrnes
  • Dianne Hodgson
  • Kathleen Korda
  • Margaret Kundu
  • Rosina Tirak
  • Anastasia Naiya Wilson
  • Anne-Carmel Nimabli Wilson
  • Annunciata Nunuk Wilson
  • Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Commerical gallery partners

  • Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney
  • Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
  • Nomad Art, Parap
  • Outstation Gallery, Darwin
  • Palya Art, Rapid Creek

Access information

Visitors are welcome during business hours of 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Other times can be made by appointment. Access via road is only possible during the dry season months (April to November). All visitors will need to obtain a permit through the Northern Land Council before entering Aboriginal land.

Durrmu Arts
PMB 56
Peppimenarti via Winnellie NT 0822

Phone: 08 8978 1322