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Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery

Over 1000 of the finest Authentic Aboriginal Paintings, artefacts & gifts from more than 60 leading artists. Huge Online Gallery and Info Centre.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery is one of the world’s largest aboriginal art galleries and is based in Kununurra, the gateway to the beautiful Kimberley region in Western Australia. They specialise in providing authentic Australian aboriginal art at exceptional prices.

All their artworks purchased online come with a 100 per cent money back guarantee so you can acquire artworks online with complete confidence. They supply certificates of authenticity with all artworks and excellent provenance is provided.

Artlandish supplies the highest quality Kimberley and desert artworks with more than 500 paintings on display in their gallery and over 1,000 online. They offer aboriginal paintings on canvas, linen and bark, as well as didgeridoos, boomerangs and many other aboriginal artefacts and gift items.

Specialising in the ochre Aboriginal Art of the East Kimberley, they also offer a huge range of Aboriginal Art from throughout Australia including Central/Western Desert, Utopia, Yuendumu and Arnhem Land regions.

Many of the Artists paint in house at the gallery and most days you will find several of the artists visiting or painting at the gallery.

For those that cannot make it to the gallery in Kununurra, there is a huge online Media Library on their website with many interviews with the artists as well as videos showing the artists painting these amazing artworks. There is also a vast Aboriginal Art informational library covering many different areas within the Aboriginal Art genre.

BroomeTime Accommodation and Art Gallery

BroomeTime offers a range of comfortable self-contained rooms, perfect for couples or families. And visit the art gallery's unique collection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Originally built in 1984 from brick work produced by the former local Pindan brick factory, Broome Time Accommodation started out as Cable Beach Resort and has since undergone many identity changes.

Every room comes fully equipped with a kitchen, coffee making facilities, refrigerator, utensils and dinnerware to make dinnertime a breeze should you just want a night in. You can also relax in air-conditioned comfort, with additional ceiling fans, a flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi so you can keep up with the world.

In 2014, BroomeTime Art Gallery was opened to support local talent and provide a unique offering to guests staying at BroomeTime. 

The gallery features a wide variety of Kimberley art, traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings and artefacts, wood and boab nut carvings, hand crafted didgeridoos, books and gifts. It is a terrific opportunity to purchase unique and beautiful artworks directly from the artist, and hear the stories associated with the works.

Imintji Campground and Art Centre

This shady wilderness camp ground has wonderful views of the escarpment and is well situated to explore nearby natural attractions and spectacular King Leopold range.

  • Open Days/times:From May to October.
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Once an important rest point for bullock drivers on the Gibb River Road, Imintji is once again a welcome stop-over for Kimberley travelers The newly refurbished campgrounds offer modern amenities and is a great base to explore the Kimberley region from. 

Also visit the Imintji Art Centre while staying at the campground which has a range of art and crafts created by local artists.

Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

Mangkaja Arts represents artists across four language groups within the Fitzroy Valley region. The coming together of both river and desert people gives Mangkaja Arts its unique range of styles.

  • Open Days/times:11am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Print Making,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The art centre is located in the centre of Fitzroy Crossing and functions as a fine art gallery, specialty store and a studio space for the artists to paint and make cultural artefacts.

Mangkaja artists are renowned for their uninhibited style and lively use of colour in their painted images of country that share stories of culture and identity. They also enjoy other mediums including printmaking, traditional artifact making, carving, and basket weaving.

Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio is a therapeutic healing space where women come to create, learn and develop products that reflect the artist’s deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Artist Studio

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

‘Marnin’ means women in Walmajarri language as the studio is driven by the vision of local Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wankatjunka, Walmajarri and Nykina women. Through this social enterprise model, the women have the opportunity to reach financial stability through the sale of their products. 

Marnin Studio continues to grow and connect women through the creation of exquisite pieces sold on a local and national level. 

Martumili Artists

Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri -10am to 4pm | Sat: 10am - 2pm
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

The gallery draws on strong influences of aboriginal art history. The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area. 

Martumili Artists Gallery

Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong to showcase their art.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

<p> The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area.  Most Martu people maintain an entirely independent, nomadic desert lifestyle until the 1950s and 1960s when they walked into settlements in response to a long and severe drought.  Today, Martu people live in their own communities and regularly visit regional centres such as Newman and Port Hedland.</p>

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre offers an authentic cultural experience of Kimberley Indigenous art and culture, featuring Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn paintings unique to the area.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm (Dry Season: May to October)

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre - Spirit of the Wandjina “Every race of people has a culture to follow. If you lose your culture you are floating. Lost. The artists are strong, but they know it is their job to pass on their knowledge to young people – to keep the spirit of the Wandjina alive.”(Donny Woolagoodja, artist, elder, Chairman of Mowanjum Artists Spirit of the Wandjina Aboriginal Corporation]

“Wandjinas are our supreme spiritual beings. During Lailai or creation time we believe the Wandjinas created the earth and all living things. The stories of their actions during Lailai are the law and culture of our country. When Wandjinas are painted their spirit is renewed, and their stories are re-lived. Painting Wandjinas reconnects us to the Law. During Lailai the first people were Gyorn Gyorns and they lacked true understanding until the Wandjina taught them Law. The Gyorn Gyorn paintings are there in the rock and sometimes Wandjinas are painted alongside. The Wandjinas created everything and blessed the country with child spirits or what we call Unguds. These spirits live in rock pools and sacred places back in our country. Everyone from the three tribes has an Ungud and a dreaming place. Having created the world, the Wandjinas then painted themselves into cave walls in our countries. The Wandjinas are now here in everything, in the rocks, plants, animals, water, sea, sky and ocean, in all of existence. Our culture IS the Wandjina.” [Leah Umbagai and Kirsty Burgu, artists 2010]

To the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal people, from the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia, the Wandjina is the supreme spirit being. These three language groups are the traditional owners of the lands lying to the north of Derby and often move between Mowanjum and communities in their homelands, where they look after their country and instruct young people in cultural matters. They have distinct languages but share a complex relationship and marriage system which means the web of mutual obligation and responsibility [wunan] is understood and practised across the region. They also share a vast knowledge of the animals and plants of the west Kimberley. But the greatest factor which unifies the people is the sharing of beliefs about the Wandjina whose images are found in rock shelters throughout their land. 

Worrorra lands are located along the coastal areas, including Cone Bay, Secure Bay, Walcott Inlet and the lower reaches of the Prince Regent River. To the east lie the Ngarinyin lands which extend in a north easterly direction from King Leopold Ranges to the Gibb River Rd. The Wunumbal country lies north of the Prince Regent River, although some traditional owners live at Kandiwal on the Mitchell Plateau and at Kalumburu.
 
The Mowanjum artists are creating images of stories that have been passed down through generations over a period of 100 centuries or more. They believe in the Wandinjas just as strongly today as their ancestors did soon after Lailai.
Today, thanks to the efforts of Mowanjum elders and artists, the Wandjina culture continues to evolve through the sharing of art and stories with the wider community, and as the Mowanjum children rediscover their own beliefs and heritage. 50 children from Mowanjum performed recently in the annual Festival held each July.“The annual Mowanjum Festival is an event we really look forward to. Passing culture onto the next generation through traditional song, dance and art, is the strong foundation of the community. All the work artists make at Mowanjum helps to connect us with our distant homelands. The spirit of the Wandjina is alive and strong at Mowanjum.” Leah Umbagai 2010

This generosity of spirit has changed many people who have come into contact with the Mowanjum Community, allowing them to experience an incredible journey of discovery and giving them a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of this ancient Indigenous culture. Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every year. Mowanjum Festival is held in July each year, in the first week of the Western Australian school holidays.

Open Mon to Fri Oct to April, and daily from May to September
Closed from Xmas to end Jan

 

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery

In 2007 The Town of Port Hedland signed an agreement with FORM, to manage the operations of the Courthouse Gallery.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery,Painting,Photography
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9am - 3pm

Details

  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:FORM
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

At FORM, we believe that the application of creativity to our everyday lives, be it our natural environment or built environment, our cities, our towns, our very way of life, has the power to transform and generate the vibrancy that we as human beings create and are undeniably attracted to.

We are in Port Hedland in partnership with BHP Billiton Iron Ore to contribute to the sustainable development of Port Hedland.

The Courthouse Gallery provides a comprehensive exhibition and public program which is designed to offer value across the community.

For further information on FORM and our many exciting programs and initiatives, please contact us on (08) 9226 2799 or [email protected], or visit www.form.net.au

Roebourne Art Group

The West Pilbara's preeminent indigenous art centre featuring contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 1pm or by appointment
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Located in Western Australia’s remote northwest 1500 kilometres north of Perth, Roebourne Art Group represents Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Guruma, Banjyima, Marthuthunira and Torres Strait Islander artists.

RAG is an Aboriginal community controlled and governed representative body and resource centre for artists throughout the region.

Hours are sometimes subject to change. Please call ahead to make sure that the gallery is open. 

Short St. Gallery

Short St. Gallery is the premier and longest running Indigenous art gallery located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome. It is an old building (over 100 years) and is the last remaining house with a wind tunnel.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting

Details

Description

Short St. Gallery is the premier and longest running Indigenous art gallery located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome. It is an old building (over 100 years) and is the last remaining house with a wind tunnel. It is an important part of the Aboriginal, Malay & Japanese history in Broome. The building has been operating as a gallery since 1998, and houses a comprehensive collection of indigenous contemporary artworks, presenting artists from all over Australia. We are the only member of the ACGA (Australian Commerical Galleries Association) in Broome.

Short St Gallery is also the agent for the Yulparija Artists from Bidyadanga, including Daniel Walbidi, Weaver Jack, Alma Webou, Donald Moko, Mary Meribida, Sally (Liki) Nanii, Bertha Linty, Jan Billycan, Margaret Baragurra, Lydia Balbal and many others. We also represent the following art centres in the Kimberly, Waringarri, Warmun, Warlayirti (Balgo), Mangkaja (Fitzroy Crossing), in the Pilbara Martumili. While in the APY and NG lands and Western Desert we represent Tjungu Palya, Spinifex Art Project, Ninuku Arts, Warakurna Arts, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Ernabella Arts, Mimili Maku, Tjala Arts, Kayili Artists, Papulankutja Artists and Papunya Tula. In Arhemland we represent Buku-Larringay Mulka (Yirrkala) and Maningrida Arts, while in Tiwi Islands, we represent Jilamara, Tiwi Design and Ngaruwanajirri.

The gallery seeks to educate and proudly show the stylistic diversity of the different cultures which make up the Kimberley and Australia. From the saltwater to the freshwater, to the desert people, Short St. offers a glimpse at the extremely sophisticated dynamic landscape which is Australian art.

We wish to thank and acknowledge the contribution of the art centres who have provided many of the artist biographies and artwork stories. Short Street Gallery endeavours to purchase indigenous artworks from established and reputable community owned Art Centres. This ensures that artists are paid the market value for their work and the integrity and reputation of the artist is respected. 

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts

Celebrating Art and Culture

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Craft,Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (May - September also open Saturday 10am – 2pm)

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts specializes in contemporary collectable art of the East Kimberley. Situated in Kununurra, in the heart of Miriwoong country, Waringarri artists share the importance of country and culture, while exploring a celebration of colour, composition and individualism.

The art centre is wholly indigenous owned and operates as an artists’ studio and gallery selling ochre paintings, limited edition prints, engraved boabs and wood carvings.

Hours: Mon - Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm. Weekends by Appointment.

Warlayirti Artists - Balgo

Warlayirti Artists from the Balgo Community specialise in fine art paintings, as well as etchings on paper, photography, film and music.

  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Aboriginal
  • Open Days/times:By appointment

Details

Description

Warlayirti Artists is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous art centres whose artists have a reputation for producing uniquely individual and vibrant artworks.

Established in 1987, Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation is located in the small Indigenous community of Wirrimanu (Balgo) and serves approximately 200 Indigenous artists from the communities of Wirrimanu, Mulan and Kururrrungku (Billiluna). 

Warmun Art Centre

Warmun Art is a visual expression of Gija country. Purchase ochre paintings that use earth colours dug from Gija land; a unique form of Aboriginal art.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting,Art Gallery

Details

Description

Please note after serious storm damage in March 2011, Warmun Art Centre currently has only a temporary gallery until repairs are completed.

Gallery hours are 10.30am-2.00pm or by appointment, please contact (08) 9168 7496

Warmun Roadhouse has directions to the temporary gallery space.

WARMUN ART CENTRE was established in 1998 by leading artists of the Warmun (Turkey Creek) community. WARMUN ART is an Indigenous enterprise owned and governed by Gija artists. It is located amid the spectacular landscapes of the East Kimberley and it is this country that is being represented in the unique style of Warmun paintings. Inspired by the oldest stories on earth, Warmun’s Aboriginal art is collected and appreciated the world over. The work is diverse, vibrant and captivating. Visitors to the Art Centre can learn what is behind these dramatic paintings in ochre and how this painting movement began.

Gija artists paint their country using ochres dug from their land. Each canvas is painted with natural pigments hand-collected in the Kimberly and crushed to create a luscious array of earthy tones. Art is a traditional and contemporary expression of land and culture for Gija people. It is an inseparable and celebratory part of Gija culture and country. Warmun art draws on traditional Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories as well as contemporary events and the life experiences. Many of the older artists spent their earlier lives as stock men and station workers, walking or riding all over their country

Warmun art has a national and international reputation thanks to the leadership of highly successful Warmun artists like Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie, George Mung Mung and Paddy Jaminji. Their distinctive styles inspire a new generation of Warmun artists to represent Gija art and culture with flare and diversity. Today, renowned artists like Betty Carrington, Lena Nyadbi, Patrick Mung Mung, Mick Jawalji, Mabel Juli, Churchill Cann, Beerbee Mungnari, Gabriel Nodea, Nancy Nodea, Rusty Peters, Shirley Purdie, Madigan Thomas and Phyllis Thomas lead the way for a group of more than 70 younger artists and many of their children.

Warmun artists continue the rich tradition of the East Kimberly painting with ochres dug from Gija country. Artworks represent interrelated experiences of Gija culture, stories of Creation Ancestors, pastoral work and contemporary Gija Life.

WARMUN ART CENTRE operates an artists’ studio and an architecturally designed gallery space displaying and selling outstanding artworks by senior and emerging artists. Buyers can be assured of ethical trading by purchasing directly from the artists through their own art centre. Seeing the Centre’s gallery and learning about Gija art and culture creates an enriching experience for visitors that will stay with them forever.

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