Elcho Island Arts - Art Collector

Mavis Ganambarr, Dragonflies, 2014. Pandanas and natural dyes. Courtesy: the artist and Elcho Island Arts, Northern Territory

Elcho Island Arts supports around 200 Yolŋu artists based in the main community of Galiwin’ku and the surrounding homeland regions.

Community-operated since 1992, the art centre exists primarily to foster a sharing of Yolŋu culture by assisting artwork production as well as the collection, promotion and distribution of high quality Yolŋu art and design to a range of markets in Australia and overseas.

Yolŋu art and design are direct inheritances from ancient times. For succeeding generations, the art forms and ceremonies passed on express direct links to significant creation sites, stories and ancestors. The art centre has earned a strong reputation for the quality of its weavings, paintings and carvings that are informed by these ancestral histories. Artists pride themselves on originality of design and knowledge of traditional bush materials including natural earth pigments that are used in both traditional and contemporary art forms.

Current artists

  • David Djarrka Dhamarrandji
  • Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi
  • Judy Manany Gurruwiwi
  • Margaret Gudumurrkuwuy
  • Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr
  • Peter Datjing Burrawanga
  • Richard Gandhuwuy Garrawurra
  • Rosemary Mamuniny
  • Ruth Lulwarriwuy
  • Megan Djuramalwuy Yunupingu
  • Tommy Minburra Bukulatjpi
  • Trevor Barrarra Gurruwiwi
  • Wendy Galanini Yunupingu

Access information

Airnorth operates daily flights to Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, from Darwin. Accommodation is available at Marthakal Galiwin’ku visitor accommodation. Contact the art centre for more details.

Elcho Island Arts
NE Arnhem Land
109 Ganapay Parade Galiwin’ku
Via Winnellie NT 0822

Phone: 08 8970 5088
Email: info@elchoarts.com Web:www.elchoarts.com