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    September 3, 2018
    If you are in Alice Springs this month, please drop in to see our exhibition at Central Craft Manme Manmak - Good Food! The exhibition features paintings on Arches paper by Willie Nabulwad and Gabriel Maralngurra. We invite you to: Ngundibukkan Manme Bim - Come and look at this artwork about food until 16th September. Even better, join us for the opening at 3 pm on 6th September, just before Desert Mob opens at Araluen. Both artists will be at the opening. Also on display and available for sale are Pandanus baskets, hand-printed fabric lengths and bags. Willie and Gabriel gather artistic inspiration from edible aspects of nature in West Arnhem Land. Willie’s beautifully executed paintings of native plants arise out of a life spent closely observing the natural world. Gabriel's paintings feature animals. A renowned artist and co-manager of Injalak Arts, Gabriel also illustrated and co-wrote The Kunwinjku Counting Book. Published in 2016 this book has been extremely successful and the world-wide hardcover rights have been acquired by publisher Enchanted Lion to be printed in 2019. This is the first time Willie's paintings have been featured in an exhibition.

    September

    September 3, 2018
    We're catching our breath after a HUGE month in August. The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair was our best ever and over three days we met so many old and new friends and did fantastic sales. Congratulations to the organisers for another amazing event. (PS: dates are up for 2019 so put it in your diary for next year!!) Once again our fabrics and fabric products were highly sought after. It's not unusual to see gorgeous women, and the occasional child and man, around Darwin wearing clothing made from our fabrics. Always gives us a buzz of pride. We had to give our Etsy Shop a little holiday but are now open again and will be gradually restocking as things grow quieter in Gunbalanya. At Injalak Arts we had so many visitors on site - it kept us very busy and happily so. Meanwhile, site preparation work has started for our new screenprint workshop/community heritage hub/cafe building. This has been in the planning for more than 4 years and is finally getting close to being built. We are delighted to be working again with GT Builders. Provenance Arts, our space in Darwin, did its first full month of trading and we had a blast. We also launched our events program and discovered that our Provenance Arts' experience space is ideal for workshops and discussions and other events. We have soooo many plans. This space is becoming a very special destination for the people of Darwin and visitors from around the world - a true hub.

    Provenance Arts is now open

    August 3, 2018
    On Monday 23 July we opened Provenance Arts at 55 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park. It is 100% owned and governed by Injalak Arts. Provenance Arts shares the cultures of the Top End and remote Australia with visitors. In one welcoming and fully air-conditioned space we have combined shopping, exhibitions, learning and interaction opportunities, demonstrations of arts and crafts, film and events, PLUS Australia’s first specialist Indigenous cultural tourism information service. Browse artworks and products from over 30 community art centres and projects from across Western Australia, the NT, and Queensland and non-Indigenous artworks too. This venture has been a huge undertaking for us over the last year and the opening was an amazing celebration. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the party - the goodwill was overwhelming. A huge thanks to Chief Minister Michael Gunner who officially opened the venue and Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss who launched the Injalak Hill Rock Art book. Thanks also to the other VIPs who attended. Key individuals along the way have made huge contributions to making this dream come into being with their advocacy, moral support, advice and elbow grease: Karen Coote, Abbie Northwood, Anne Phelan and John Clark, David Muller, Scott Welsh, Kevin Bray, Amber Young, Sue Connors, Paul, David and Cam of Red Hat Impact Investment, Buku Larrnngay mob, GT Builders and their amazing team, Matthew Cunliffe and Merinda Campbell. A Tourism NT Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Grant was confirmed in September 2017 specifically for infrastructure/renovations and that started the journey from idea to reality. IBA paid for a structural engineering assessment and valuation appraisal for the building. Department of Business NT came through with funding for the original business opportunity assessment in 2017 and Feasibility Study/Business Plan and this website in 2018. There is still a shortfall for refurbishment costs due to blowouts but we remain optimistic something will work out. Injalak Arts would also like to acknowledge its four year partnership with RISE Ventures that has given us the support and flexibility to expand and improve our business model and sustainability. Also we appreciate ongoing book-keeping and accounting support from Nexia Edwards Marshall in Darwin.

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