Visual Arts Northern Territory


(A new sickness changed everything, but we never forget our culture)
Free Event

Presented by the Tiwi artists from Munupi Arts & Craft Association and Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association

This exhibition brings together several generations of Tiwi Island artists from the two non-profit art centres operating in the communities of Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi on Melville Island.

The art of the Tiwi people has a unique expressive aesthetic that draws from their ancient ceremonial traditions and their vibrant intricate designs painted with local natural ochres. Each artist uses their own inspiration and style to create within the limitations of these natural hues a vast array of visual forms. Limited by the natural pigments of yellow, red, white and black Tiwi artists create a surprising diversity of highly dynamic visual elaborations as they skilfully merge contemporary personal ideas with ancient meaningful symbology.

Despite the current crisis, the Tiwi artists demonstrate through the power of their art a resilience that is inspiring. This year due to travel restrictions, the annual exhibition will offer a pop-up for those in Darwin and a selection of online content for those not able to visit.

  • Image Delores Tipuamantumirri in Action, 2017
  • Photo Guy Allain

Supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Visual Art Industry Support program

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