Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre - Art Collector

Edna Dale, Wandjinas with pearl shell necklace, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy: the artist and Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Western Australia.

The artists of Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre have been painting in their community for more than 60 years, forming their own artist's association in the year 2000.

Mowanjum means settled at last and refers to the numerous forced moves suffered by the people in the 20th century.

In 2006, a new art and culture centre was constructed in the shape of a Wandjina, the creation spirit of the Kimberley. The artists are famous for paintings of this Wandjina spirit (creator and rain bringer) and the centre now welcomes thousands of visitors every year who come to learn about the history and culture of the people.

The art centre works with a total of 245 artists, who identify with the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal language groups.

Mowanjum is a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned incorporated organisation, returning substantial economic and employment benefits to the Mowanjum Community. They hold an annual Mowanjum Festival, a showcase of traditional Kimberley culture, which is open to the public.

Current artists

  • Gordon Barunga
  • Gabriella Dolby Barunga
  • Alison Burgu
  • Kirsty Burgu
  • Edna Dale
  • Jack Dale
  • Francis Dolby
  • Kenny Gibson Penfole
  • Regina Karadada
  • Mabel King [dec]
  • Gudu Mungulu
  • Mildred Mungulu
  • Robyn Mungulu
  • Sandra Mungulu
  • Theresa Numendumah
  • Priscilla Numendumah,
  • Stephen Peumorra
  • Leah Umbagai
  • Cecelia Umbagai
  • Donny Woolagoodja
  • Samantha Allies Wungudin
  • Nancy Wungudin

Access information

The art centre is located 220 kilometres from Broome and 12 kilometres from Derby on the Gibb River Road, accessible via sealed roads.

Online shop

For further information and to view the art centre’s extensive online shop, see their website.

Mowanjum Arts and Culture
Lot 85 Gibb River Road
PO Box 252
Derby WA 6728

Phone: 08 9191 1008
Fax: 08 9193 2591