Art Centre

Anindilyakwa Arts | Arnhem Land

Anindilyakwa Arts is community owned and represents artists from the communities and homelands of the Groote Eylandt Archipelago, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Anindilyakwa women are known for their eye-catching bush dyed textiles, seed & shell jewellery, botanical lino prints and their weavings of pandanus & ghost net. Anindilyakwa men are known for their spears, carvings & paintings. The art centre has an online store, an online map of stockists across the country & a gallery in Alyangula on Groote Eylandt. History

The Warnindilyakwa people were brought to Groote Eylandt on a series of song lines which created the land, rivers, animals and people and which named everything pertaining to the region. The language Anindilyakwa is spoken by the 14 clan groups that make up the two moieties on Groote Eylandt. Macassans travelling from Sulawesi were the first known foreign people to visit Groote Eylandt. For 300 years or more until 1908, seasonal fishermen came to the archipelago. They arrived in fleets of praus on the Barra wind, the north-west monsoons, and left on the Mamarika wind, the south-east trade wind. The Warnindilyakwa traded fishing rights and labour for steel knifes, axes, cloth and beads, dugout canoes, pipes, tabacco and tamarind. Macassan influences remain strong in art and language today.

Our emblem – the Stingray

Anindilyakwa Art and Cultural Centre’s logo was inspired by and has been adapted from artworks by Groote Eylandt artists. The idea of two stingrays gliding beside one another, head to tail, comes from the songwords to “Stingray”.

Anindilyakwa Arts Centre

See, I went down to the river.
See them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Was the sand shining brightly?
See them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
The tide flowed along deep and dark.
See them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Rays in the channel single file.
See them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Was I still watching them?
See them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Trail making, moving on, see them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Single file over the reef, see them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Were they going on making a trail?
See them pass one another at Arrindingmanja.
Now gliding side by side, see them pass one another and turn over.


– Groote Eylandt song words “Stingray”

 

Contact Details

Anindilyakwa Arts, Groote Eylandt
1, Bouginvillia Drive, Alyangula
p: (08) 8987 6667
e: arts@alcnt.com.au
w: anindilyakwaarts.com.au

The Alyangula gallery is open Tues to Fri 8.30am to 5pm & Sat 9am to 2pm.
Daily flights available from Darwin & Cairns.
Permits are required to leave the Alyangula Township are required from the Land Council.

 

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