Martumili Artists - Art Collector

Nyarrie Morgan, Untitled, acrylic on linen, 152 x 152cm. Courtesy: the artist and Matumili Artists, Western Australia

Martumili Artists was established by the Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong. The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of land in the area including the Great Sandy, Little Sandy, and Gibson deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area. The art centre is solely owned and governed by the Martu people.

Art plays a particularly important role in the cultural and economic life of the Martu communities. Many of the Martu artists are senior custodians of Martu cultural heritage who use their arts practices as a conduit for passing on knowledge of country and culture to younger family members. At the same time, managing the exhibition and sale of artworks is an important way in which Martu artists are carving out a sustainable livelihood, simultaneously building new appreciation of and audiences for their unique desert country and culture.

The captivating work produced by practitioners at Martumili Artists marks an extension of the international profile of the Pilbara region which has previously been centred on the wealth and resources of mineral exports in the area. Martu artists have been central to the emerging recognition of the East Pilbara as a cultural hub of extensive Indigenous heritage and artistic excellence in greater Australia.

Current artists

  • Amy French
  • Anya Judith Samson
  • Billy Atkins
  • Bugai Whyoulter
  • Dadda Samson
  • Helen Dale Samson
  • Jakayu Biljabu
  • Kumpaya Girgiba
  • Lily Long
  • Mabel Wakarta
  • Minyawe Miller
  • Mulyatingki Marney
  • Muuki Taylor
  • Wokka Taylor
  • Nancy Chapman
  • Nancy Taylor
  • Ngamaru Bidu
  • Nora Nungabar
  • Nora Wompi

Commercial gallery partners

  • Art Mob, Hobart
  • Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland
  • RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs
  • Short Street Gallery, Broome
  • The Gallery Shop, Bronte
  • William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
  • Yaama Ganu Gallery, Moree
  • Paul Johnston Gallery, Darwin
  • Tunbridge Gallery, Subiaco
  • Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, New Farm

Access information

The centre is open from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4.30pm. Other times are by appointment only.

Martumili Artists
Corner Kalgan and Newman Drives
PMB 22
Newman WA 6753

Phone:08 9175 8022
Fax: 08 9175 1390