Art Centre

Warmun Art Centre | Kimberley

Warmun Art CentreWarmun artists stand at the forefront of contemporary art. Warmun Art Centre was established by leading artists of the Warmun (Turkey Creek) community, Northern Territory. Warmun was home to leading indigenous artists Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie, George Mung Mung and Paddy Jaminji and Jack Britten, who passed on to the current generation of artists many of the traditional stories and painting techniques, using only traditional ochres and natural pigments collected locally. Sales made at the Art Centre return 100% of income back to the community, providing artists with economic independence and the opportunity to share their Gija culture and country.

Warmun artists are renowned for their use of natural ochre and pigments on canvas, which is integral to the contemporary expression of land and culture as identity for Gija people. The work of Warmun artists’ is an inseparable and celebratory part of Gija culture and country, and draws on traditional Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories and contemporary life.

Now internationally renowned painters Lena Nyadbi, Patrick Mung Mung, Mabel Juli, Shirley Purdie, Madigan Thomas, Gordon Barney, Phyllis Thomas, Churchill Cann and Betty Carrington lead the way for a group of more than sixty emerging and younger artists currently painting for the art centre.

This new generation of Warmun artists works with the same, time-honoured materials and stories. The emerging works display a fresh, original and vibrant style that transcends cultural boundaries and places many Warmun artists at the forefront of contemporary art in Australia.

Visitors welcome – please ring for verbal entry permit. 9am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

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