Indigenous Art Market 2017

Friday, 8 December 2017 to Saturday, 9 December 2017

12pm-8pm and 10am-3pm

On the lawns of Acton Peninsula (opposite the National Museum of Australia)
Australian Capital Territory

Now in its 4th year, this is the largest Market yet with community art centres travelling from around the country to sell direct to you!

Come along and buy authentic art, crafts, fashion and jewellery from some of Australia’s most remote regions and support the artists and their communities.

Warnayaka Art

This art gallery is small and very remote in a small town called Lajamanu in the NT. The staff and artists are mainly local Warlpiri people.

The artists receive 60% of the sale of their art and 40% is used to pay for the materials and other costs such as travel to exhibitions and markets.

Rosie and Molly Napurrurla Tasman
Rosie and Molly Napurrurla Tasman from Warnayaka Arts

Enjoy looking through our selection of art and know your purchases are genuine authentic product that comes with information about the artist and the painting. The proceeds of your purchase supports Lajamanu people and opens doors for them to the wider world. Artists in our gallery have been finalists in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards. The older Indigenous generation’s artistic style has come from using ocher on the body, Warlpiri’s main form of artistic practice.


Established in 1985, Warlukurlangu Artists is recognised as one of the most significant Aboriginal art centres in Australia.

Specialising in the production of acrylic paintings, traditional artifacts and sand paintings, large canvas commissions, etchings and screen prints, the art centre seeks to foster a growing understanding of Warlpiri culture and to enhance the lives of the people of Yuendumu and Nyirripi communities. Over 500 artists make up the broad membership of the Association, which is open to all Warlpiri people from Yuendumu, Nyirripi and surrounding homelands.

Malikijarra Jukurrpa (two dogs Dreaming)
'Malikijarra Jukurrpa' (two dogs Dreaming)

For thousands of years the people of the central and western desert region of Australia have celebrated their rich culture with song, dance and design. Living tradition was thus passed from generation to generation, from region to region, through father and son, aunty and niece.

Today, Warlpiri tradition remains strong whilst developing as a unique contemporary culture. Sand paintings, body designs and campside narratives are the substance from which new forms of expression have been shaped over the last decade. Every painting embodies meaning and symbols that can be read to tell a story. These stories relate to the ‘Jukurrpa’ (Warlpiri Law and Culture) and document specific sites created by the Dreamtime ancestors.

The artworks manifest cultural links between people, land and spirit, and demonstrate the vibrancy of colour and form that has become a hallmark of Warlpiri painting.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts

Established in the late 1970’s, in the heart of Miriwoong country at Kununurra in the Kimberley region of northern Australia, Waringarri artists share the importance of their Country and Culture.

Waringarri is the first wholly indigenous owned art centre established in the Kimberley region and one of the oldest continuously operating art centres in Australia supporting economic independence for artists and their community.

The centre operates artists’ studios and galleries and supports more than 100 artists as painters, printmakers, wood carvers, boab engravers, sculptors and textile artists. Cultural tours and performances compliment the visitor experience with a rich insight into Miriwoong culture.

All proceeds from art sales, art commissions and cultural tourism is returned to the community to support our ongoing program of arts and cultural projects.

Jilamara Arts Crafts

Jilamara artist Timothy Cook
Jilamara artist Timothy Cook

Jilamara artists have world renowned reputations of producing high quality traditional Tiwi art. Working only with natural ochres from the immediate surrounds, Jilamara artists create paintings, works on paper, barks, ironwood tutuni and pukamani poles and pandanus weavings. Keeping culture strong and handing down knowledge to Tiwi youth are core values of this not for profit indigenous owned organisation. Jilamara is a creative place where artists, work, learn and grow together.

Tiwi Designs

Tiwi Design is one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia.Tiwi Design is located at Nguiu on the south eastern corner of Bathurst Island. Nguiu has a population of approximately 1500. Bathurst Island has a land area of 2,200 square kilometres and is 80 kilometres north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Maria Josette was the first female artist of Tiwi Design

The aim of the corporation is to promote, preserve and enrich Tiwi culture. 

The art centre produces ochre paintings on canvas and bark, ironwood carvings, screen printed fabrics, ceramics, bronze and glass sculptures as well as limited edition prints. The Tiwi Design art complex is situated up from Tingata (the beach) on Apsley Strait. It comprises of a carver's shelter, pottery studio, screen printing studio, painting studio plus an administrative centre and retail gallery.

Munupi Arts

Susan Wanji Wanji from Munupi Arts & Crafts Association
Susan Wanji Wanji from Munupi Arts and Crafts Association

Munupi Arts and Crafts Association is located along Melville Island's north-western coastline at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) and is the most recently formed art centre on the Tiwi Islands. In 1990 the Yikikini Women’s Centre and Pirlangimpi Pottery were incorporated under the name Munupi Arts and Crafts Association giving local artists an opportunity to proudly celebrate Tiwi culture through both traditional and contemporary mediums.

For 25 years Munupi Arts has been a vital meeting place for the Tiwi people of the Pirlangimpi community for employment, cultural pride and well being. Munupi Art is wholly indigenous owned and governed.

Generated income supports the artist's families and therefore the whole Tiwi community. Every Munupi artwork is sold with a Certificate of Provenance and Authenticity.

Art Market enquiries

Shiane Lovell
P: 02 6246 1108

Last reviewed: 28 Nov 2017