An exhibition focusing on knowledge of propagation, harvesting, preparation and storage of bush foods held by Aboriginal people from communities around the NT. Showcasing paintings, sculptures, and textiles/fibre artworks, this collection explores part of the incredible inventory of environmental, spiritual and sociocultural knowledge held by Aboriginal artists and craftspeople today.
Aboriginal Bush Traders: Aboriginal Art gallery, retail store and café
Aboriginal Bush Traders is one of Darwin’s most unique attractions. Our Aboriginal art gallery and retail store exhibits a range of authentic Indigenous products, and is complimented by our bush food Café, which focuses on using native Australian products.
DM2018 Tjanpi Desert Weavers original fibre artworks
DM2018 TJAN 1018-15wa
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This collection of woven sculptures has been chosen to reflect a sample of bush foods collected in the desert. Traditional bush tucker such as Tinka (Goanna), Kalaya (Emu) and Maku (Witchetti Grub) are highly sought after and require considerable knowledge and skill to hunt and collect. Contemporary tools such as pannikins, water bottles and saucepans reflect the ongoing evolution of food preparation, connecting contemporary weaving techniques and utilisation of western everyday objects.
"Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council created to enable women in remote central deserts to earn their own income from fibre art.
Tjanpi represents more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 26 remote communities on the NPY lands. The NPY lands cover approximately 350,000 square kms across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of Central Australia. Tjanpi field officers regularly travel to these communities and purchase artworks from the artists, supply art materials, hold skills development workshops and facilitate grass collecting trips. These trips also allow a number of other cultural maintenance activities to take place."
(Tjanpi Desert Weavers - NPY Women's Council)
DM2018 Merrepen Arts original artworks
DM2018 MERR 5013
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The area around Nauiyu (Daly River) is home to many plant types that form part of Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri people's traditional diet. Depicted in these artworks are the Mimuy (Long Yam - Dioscorea transversa), Mipiyagany/Misyiwirr (Big Cheeky Yams - Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) and Mimalabuk (Blue-flowered Water-lily - Nymphaea violacea).
(Source for plant identification: "Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri Plants and Animals - Aboriginal biocultural knowledge from the Moyle River area, north Australia")
"Merrepen Arts is a well established art centre with around 20 artists working in a variety of traditional and contemporary mediums painting regularly in a custom designed building located in the community of Daly River, south west of Darwin. A number of the most established artists from the region are now recognised on a national level. The number of working artists rises to approximately 80 during the annual Merrepen Arts and Sports Festival.
The Art Centre opened in 1986 and the artists are famous for their etchings and printmaking but also produce a number of artifacts in addition to paintings, using a multitude of materials and techniques in their creative expression. Using zinc plates, or lino plates, coloured ink and a press machine they produce etchings and prints, batik techniques using wax and silk painting to make t-shirts, scarves and sarongs, paper-mâché techniques to make bowls and animal figures, screen printing for tea-towels and other kind of fabric and weaving of Merrepen (sand palm) and Pandanus leaves to make dilly bags, fishnets, baskets and sun mats.
The painting is done using acrylic colours on canvas. The artists have always been open to new ideas on how to express their stories. They have become accustomed to each new medium introduced by early art coordinators or workshops, constantly improving in their art producing skills.
The beautiful paintings produced by the artists of Merrepen Arts are stylistically very different to what is generally expected of Aboriginal art."
DM2018 "An-nguliny Rarrk" - Mick Marrawa England
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"In his first solo exhibition Mick Marawar England presents a collection of bark paintings and carvings that speak to the wangarr of the An-nguliny clan of the Cadell River. This body of work traces Marawar's country and its stories: Ji-japurn, an ancestral creator being that takes different forms, Jin-gubardabiya, the pandanus mat spirit, and wangarra ghost spirits appear, amongst other spirit beings and totems." (Preface by Kate O'Hara, Art Centre Manager, Maningrida Arts & Culture)