- June 24, 2016
Welcome to the cooler weatherAt Injalak Arts we're enjoying the change in seasons as we shift into Yekke (cool, dry season). Some of visitors seem fairly warm but we think it's getting a bit chilly - sometimes as low as 18 degrees at night. Visitor numbers are steadily increasing and many people are finding out how easy it is to get a permit and come and visit us independently, to walk around the site, meet artists, watch them at work and learn about Kunwinjku culture. Because of the low rainfall this year Cahills Crossing (near Border Store) is rarely affected by the tide. Our Injalak hill tour guides had a big rest over wet season and have returned to work fresh and the feedback from guests has been great. The screen-print workshop has been going flat out printing for exhibitions, Mindil Beach Markets and local demand. Marrawuddi Gallery at Kakaudu National Park (KNP) headquarters is now stocking some of our products including fabric and fabric products and paintings. It's so good to be represented in the Park once again - as an iconic destination it's a shame so many outlets in KNP stock inauthentic Indigenous product, often made overseas. Some special events: BOOK LAUNCH: From July 1 - 27 2016 an exhibition featuring the Kunwinjku Counting Book suite will be on display at Nomad Art in Parap, Darwin. Gabriel Maralngurra has painted 12 works on Arches paper with animals found in Western Arnhem Land. CUBA EXHIBITION: Two of our artists and Committee Members, Virgil Narlorlman and Roland Burrunali, will be leaving Australia for Cuba next week to present an exhibition called Wearables that was first shown in Darwin. The artworks include paintings, natural fibre weavings, prints and hand-printed fabric. Curated by Liz Martin it will be an education exhibition to share with visitors to the Festival del Caribe to be held in Santiago de Cuba from 3 - 9 July 2016. STAFF ACCOMMODATION: Meanwhile, closer to home, we are delighted that the 'Love Shacks' designed by Troppo Architects and built by Grampian Homes are now finished. These two stunning little buildings with mezzanine bedrooms with a view of Injalak hill and the escarpment have been attracting a lot of attention. Unfortunately we are still waiting for services to be connected and have hit a few glitches getting water to the site - so patience is the buzzword around here.May 11, 2016
The dry season has arrivedWe didn't have much of a wet season this year, however, the East Alligator River was up until mid-April so the only access until then was light aircraft. Once the river came down we were very pleased to welcome visitors and show off the art centre as we've been continuing upgrades around the place over the wet season. It's been really good to see all our partners again: Kakadu Cultural Tours, Lords Safaris, Venture North and Outback Spirit (so far) and we are always happy to host their guests. Some independent travellers are also finding their way to us :) Mindil Beach Sunset Markets started again at the end of April so if you live in or are transiting through Darwin on a Thursday or Sunday afternoon/evening please go and say hello to Markets Coordinator Liz Martin. She lived and worked in Gunbalanya with us for more than 3 years so has an excellent knowledge of our products and can also explain how to visit - it's not hard! Liz stocks a really wide range of our affordable hand-made arts and crafts including fabrics and accessories and we send in fresh stock weekly so there is an excellent selection. We have a big year planned and expect construction work on the new screenprint workshop and cafe to start before mid-year. Two quirky staff accommodation units designed by Troppo Architects and nick-named the Love Shacks have added some pizzazz to the landscape near the billabong and some of our staff look forward to moving into them once the services are connected. Four of our artists (Selina Nadjowh and Kevin Gameraidj, Lynne Nadjowh and Jonah Djumburri) will be traveling to Guam for the Pacific Festival for the Arts on May 20th - a huge and very exciting trip. More artist travelled is planned for late July. If you're interested we regularly (often daily) update our social media sites, especially facebook and Instagram and that's where you'll get fresh information about what's happening on-site. Hope to see you sometime in 2016!February 16, 2016
It’s a bright shiny New YearWe've now had the 2016 calendar New Year, then the Chinese New Year of the Monkey and most recently Valentine's Day - and it feels good. We finally sorted out our internet (was down for three weeks) and we're back online. The team is raring to go and full of energy with the calendar already filling up with coming events. Outstation trips commenced this week with some beautiful weavings and paintings coming in from Manmoyi, Mamadawerre and Kabulwarnamyo. Dave, Virgil, Roland and Gabriel did the trip. Have a look at the photos on our facebook page here - this album will be updated regularly. The Construction crew are limbering up and getting things built and painted. We have just called for tenders for our NEW SCREENPRINT WORKSHOP AND CAFE - this one is so exciting. Fingers crossed the build will be finished by the end of dry season. We have exhibitions lined up for Australia and overseas (details coming soon), a diary full of dry season tour operator bookings, a special guest consultant coming in April 2016 to give us advice about the new kitchen/cafe and Mindil Beach Markets gearing up for a start in late April. Of course we have a heap of wonderful fresh stock, paintings, baskets, sculptures, jewellery, fabric, bags etc in the shop ready for the river to come down and visitors to start arriving. We also have publishing projects on the go, an oral history project underway, skills development workshops scheduled ... it's all happening. To follow us more closely with daily updates on activities please like our fb page Injalak Arts Gunbalanya.