In Yolŋu culture the land, family, ceremony, songs and art are connected. Milingimbi artists share these stories in fibre works, paintings on bark, ceremonial poles and carvings.
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Artwork from Milingimbi was commissioned as early as 1912, and was collected during the 1920’s when the first Methodist missionaries arrived. By the 1960’s the centre was a leader in establishing the market for traditional Yolŋu art. As a result art from Milingimbi is included in significant national and international collections. The centre continues the long tradition of producing high qualtiy works, including bark paintings, carvings and weaving.
For contemporary Yolŋu, these artworks are living pieces of cultural heritage that have an ongoing importance in Yolŋu social life.
Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre is housed in a historical building made of mud bricks, it was constructed in the 1930’s.
First published by Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material 18 December 2018Author - Carolyn McLennan, Freelance Conservator, supporting people caring for collections in regional and remote areas of the Northern Territory. The past...
In 2018 Milingimbi Art and Culture collaborated with InDigiMOB on several projects. Through these projects Milingimbi Artists told their stories and art workers gained training in multi media. Gunga'puy Dhäwu is a short film featuring Helen Ganalmirriwuy sharing the...
Ganalmirriwuy and Nalmakarra’s shared their process of dyeing and weaving artworks from plant fibres, roots and leaves harvested in Yurrwi and the surrounding Crocodile Islands with natural dye processes of Paris based artisan Aurélia Wolff. During this event...