The cicadas are getting noisy, the sun is fierce and clouds are gathering in they sky – Kurrung (season) is here. Yesterday was our final market in Darwin after attending Mindil Beach Markets and Saltwater Craft Fairs throughout 2016. It’s been so great to share Injalak Arts with friends and visitors in Darwin. It’s quiet in our retail store now so we’ve been working hard to make our products available on-line to our ever expanding audience. Our Pozible campaign was a WONDERFUL success with 130% of our target pledged. We give our deepest THANKS to the people who supported us and the campaign means we can now re-print The Kunwinjku Counting Book and share it more widely. We were delighted and humbled to receive a special donation in memory of Anne Murray, a beloved primary school teacher from Sydney. Meanwhile, on the art and craft side it’s business as usual: our weavers are weaving, our artists are painting, the carvers are carving, our printers are printing, so still lots of wonderful work being produced. Please consider giving an Injalak Arts gift for Xmas – we send out promptly and all our products are hand-made and authentic. To see Injalak Arts products online visit Bluethumb (paintings) and Etsy (baskets, fabric lengths, fabric art panels). Also small paintings on Ebay. Our exhibition ‘Interiors’ featuring fabric art panels at Framed Gallery is on until 10th December 2016. Note: Injalak Arts will be closed for 6 weeks from 16th December.Read More
As we get closer to the end of the year, the pace has hardly slowed for us. Visitor numbers are declining as the weather gets hotter but we’re still getting some lovely customers and playing catch up with all the things we couldn’t do during peak season. Our Business Plan 2016-19 is now finished, thanks to consultant David Muller. It’s great to have a comprehensive, consultative document that describes us today and charts a way forward. Today we launched a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to fund the printing of this great project The Kunwinjku Counting Book featuring artworks by Gabriel Maralngurra. It will run for 29 days and supporters will receive the books in time for Xmas. Please check it out if you have time. Meanwhile we are working hard to improve the online shopping experience we offer to those who can’t visit us in person. We relaunched our Etsy Store this week so have a look, it will be updated regularly. We are currently preparing for the final exhibition for the year – at Framed Gallery in Darwin. Injalak Arts has had an association with this Darwin cultural institution, that recently celebrated its 30th year of operations, since we opened in 1989. The exhibition will feature panels for framing for interior decorating. All the panels are designed by our members and will be hand-printed in Gunbalanya. Some of the panels will also be available on-line, making them accessible to our customers all over the world. There are only three more Mindil Beach Markets for 2016 (they finish in last Thursday in October) and they’ve been a big success, sending a giant thank you to Liz Martin.
Finally, don’t forget Injalak Arts when you’re thinking Xmas gifts. We are open until mid December and happy to deal with any inquiries you may have.
At 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.