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Bali Skills Development – Threads of Life

In early October for two weeks, senior Anindilyakwa artists Maicie Lalara & Annabel Amagula will travel with art director Aly de Groot to Indonesia for skills development in natural dyeing. This skills development will continue a long tradition of cultural exchange between the Anindilyakwa & Indonesia. Upon return to community Maicie & Annabel plan to…

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Akaburrakajinama at Aboriginal Bush Traders, Darwin

On Friday night,Akaburrakajinama opened at Aboriginal Bush Traders, a collection of bush dyed homewares from Groote Eylandt.   Akaburrakajinama (meaning ‘Lights On’ in Anindilyakwa language) is a striking showcase of the innovation and diversity of practice of Anindilyakwa artists. The exhibition brings the natural palette and subtle aesthetic already so popular across the bush dyed jewellery…

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Wrap Up: From Country to Culture Fashion Show

Aly de Groot, Noleen Lalara, Maicie Lalara & Kenny Mamarika – pre show! Whoa! What a HUGE few weeks for the art centre. First things first, here’s a big wrap up from the Darwin Aboriginal Art fair’s ‘From Country to Couture’ fashion show. A post shared by Grace Lillian Lee (@gracelillianlee) on Aug 8, 2018 at…

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Finding the colour – Bush Peach

A new range of bush peach hues are available through the website – we wanted to share with you where the peachy pink colour is found. Mamaburra (Bush Peach Tree) is found across Groote Eylandt. Kids love to eat the fruit from the tree, shaking the tree to make the ripe fruit fall. Mamaburra bark…

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The Round Up – Mukulubena Baskets @ Aboriginal Bush Traders

Missed our exhibition Mukulubena at bush traders in November? No worries, here’s a roundup of our favourite photos and the full story! If you’re interested in being the first to find when we next upload a new set of ghost net baskets online, or would like to know about our 2018 exhibitions – sign up…

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NORTH Collection – In the press!

We were so excited to see Anindilyakwa silks celebrated in a number of publications as part of a collaboration with NORTH Home – a social enterprise working with Indigneous textiles from the top end. A number of unique pieces from this sleepwear collaboration are still available through our store. Accidental Discharge, Issue 4 – August 2017 Cool…

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From the archives: Tracks Dance Groote Eylandt Residency 1993

Sorry warning – this story may include images of people who have since died. The following photographs were taken as part of a Tracks Dance residency on Groote Eylandt back in 1993. The project involved 150 young people dancing “camp fire” dances of traditional clan totems. More information can be found on tracksdance.com.au. Umbakumba performers -…

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Vera Lalara’s new bird carvings

Traditional Groote Eylandt Bird Carving - Aboriginal Anindilyakwa Artist Vera Lalara

We were so excited yesterday when we stopped by 4 Mile outstation and collected these beauties from emerging artist Vera Lalara. Vera has just begun making work for the art centre, joining the Umbakuma women for natural textile dyeing on Thursdays and developing a home-based carving and weaving practice. We can’t wait to see more…

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