The Land Council started by people coming together to think and talk for the future. They made the art centre in 2005 for all Anindilyakwa people.
Some people were already making art and selling it to Balanda (non-Indigenous people) on the Eylandt. Spears, Woomera, didgeridoo, paintings and baskets.
Now we sell the art to the art centre first, they pay us and sell it on.
The art centre can sell it anywhere, like when we go out to Darwin for the art fair. People love what we’re doing, the bush dye and jewellery.
Balanda (non-Indigenous people) when they buy art straight from our art centre, it’s better. We get good money to build the art centre for the future.
The art centre is for people to come and learn, we learn (teach) new people from the community to make art the old ways.
The art centre is good for community, not everyone is an artist or interested in learning the old ways. It’s important that we teach them so they can make baskets and dilly bags too. The old people left us this for the future.
- Annabell Amagula, Senior Anindilyakwa Artist
Our main studios are in Angurugu community, a half hour drive from the Alyangula mining township. In 2018, Anindilyakwa Arts opened a new Men's Art space at the new Anindilyakwa Land Council cultural centre.
Umbakumba & Milyakburra Communities
Umbakumba Art Centre officially opened full time in 2020. Anindilyakwa Arts visits Milyakburra community on Bickerton Island once a fortnight for creative development and purchasing of independently crafted artworks.
We support Anindilyakwa artists wishing to live on traditional homelands across the Eylandt by providing materials and visits upon request to support their artistic development, cultural preservation and provide a source of income.