Our story

In Yolgnu culture the land, family, ceremony, songs and art are connected.

In Yolngu culture the land, sea, ceremony, songs and art are connected. Milingimbi artists share these connections and stories in unique fibre works, barks, ceremonial poles and carvings. Works from Milingimbi are recognised for their quality and cultural significance and are collected in many national and international institutions.

The centre is an Indigenous owned corporation, which supports Yolngu culture and sustainable livelihoods for artists. It is a social, cultural and economic hub for the community. Milingimbi Art provides income for many families living in Milingimbi and its regional homelands. Our service area extends to support Yolngu from over 12 language groups.

Milingimbi Art supports the sharing of ceremonial knowledge across generations through community partnerships (Junior Rangers, School excursions). This includes shared natural materials harvesting trips, traditional art making workshops and demonstrations at the art centre.

Our purpose

  • We value Yolngu culture as the foundation of daily life in Milingimbi and support meaningful and sustainable work for artists and senior elders.
  • We sell artists work at a fair price that acknowledges  their cultural knowledge, skills and labour.
  • We represent and promote our artists to access national and international markets.
  • We invest in artist development and day to day on the job training of our staff.
  • We support traditional skills and knowledge through there everyday application at Milingimbi Art. Milingimbi Art supports living culture, documents current artworks and artist stories for future generations, and holds extensive historic records that have been repatriated to the community.
  • We are lead by a Yolngu board of directors and are committed to strong governance.


Our history

Artwork from Milingimbi was first commissioned as early as 1912, and was collected during the 1920’s from the time the first Methodist missionaries arrived. By the 1960’s the centre was a leader in establishing the market for traditional Yolngu art in national and international collections. MACAC is housed in a historical building, constructed in the 1930’s.

Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.

Contact us

Northern Territory 0822
P: (+61) 8987 9888
E: [email protected]

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

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