OUR MISSION is to preserve and foster Yolgnu culture. Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre facilitates cultural activity within the community and supports the production of artwork, decorated implements, instruments and objects and holds archival records of all artwork produced by its artists. The Art Centre is a community owned enterprise and is an important source of income for its 153 artists and their families.
Milingimbi is renowned for its bark paintings and the artists’ use of traditional media and imagery that draws on thousands of years of cultural knowledge and ceremony. The use of ochre maintains an integral link to ancestral and cultural pasts, in ceremony, as elaborate body paintings on cultural artefacts and artworks as ochre on bark, paper and canvas, carvings, yidaki (didgeridoo) and burial poles. Four main colours found on the islands foreshore comprise a palette unique to Milingimbi and the Crocodile Islands. White clay for painting is dug up from a sandy beach of a nearby island.
Milingimbi’s weavers harvest pandanus and colours from adjacent islands to produce beautiful mats, dilly bags, baskets, fish traps and string bags, using the same materials and techniques their mothers and grandmothers used before them.
Artwork from Milingimbi is shown in national and international museums and gallery collections including the British Museum, Australian National Gallery, New South Wales Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.