Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation provides the artists of Ramingining community, in Arnhem Land, and surrounding homelands an outlet to voice the stories of their country through their art.
Bula’bula Arts is a not for profit organisation operating for the benefit of the community by:
- Preserving and fostering Yolngu culture.
- Providing a supportive and happy atmosphere for artists and staff.
- Giving assistance, training and encouragement to artists.
- Providing and outlet for artists to display, market and sell their works.
- Presenting the beauty and knowledge of Yolngu art to Australia and the world.
Ramingining has had an Indigenous art centre since the 1970s, and in 1990 a meeting of senior artists resulted in the decision to establish an independent artists organisation to represent their interests. The name Bula’bula refers to the message embodied in the song-cycle of the area’s principal creative being, Garrtjambal the red kangaroo. More literally, it translates as the tongue, or voice of the kangaroo.
Bula’bula artists are renowned for their distinctive bark and canvas paintings, dupun (hollow logs), yidaki (didgeridu), and fibre art such as mindirr (dilly bags), bush string bags and beautifully woven mats. In addition to also producing limited edition prints on paper, Bula’bula Arts occasionally produces locally designed screen-printed fabric and t-shirts.
Ramingining has produced many artists of renown, including Paddy Dhathangu (1914-1993), George Milpurrurru (1934-1998) and David Malangi (1927-1999), who is famous for the use his artwork on the Australian one dollar note, which was in currency until 1982. Working painters currently include Philip Gudthaykudthay, Dorothy Djukulul, Namiyal Bopirri, Jimmy Moduk, Charlie Djurritjini, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu, Roy Burnyila and Bobby Bununggurr.Bula’bula also has some very accomplished fibre artists. They include Judy Baypungala, Elizabeth Djuttara (1942-2010), Robyn Djunginy and Clara Matjandatjpi (Wubugwubuk), who was commissioned by SOCOG to produce large fibre forms for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.Visit the Bula’Bula Arts website >>