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    April 18, 2018
    We're teetering on the edge of the early dry season - this time of year is called Bangkerreng. There are still plenty of showers around but the monsoon has passed, the floodplains are gradually drying and Cahill's Crossing is almost traversable. And it's time to go fishing!! It's only a matter of days or a couple of weeks and we'll be getting visitors again. Our first major event for the year is 'The Whacky Show' currently on exhibition (and we use the term loosely) at Don Whyte Framing in Coconut Grove, Darwin. Injalak Arts and Don Whyte have had a relationship spanning more than 25 years. Don was the in-house framer at Framed Gallery before striking out on his own. He's never looked back and is now one of the go-to framers in Australia. His expertise in framing our works on paper is unparalleled.  We've had a growing collection of quirky, whacky creations gradually assembling themselves in a box - and they deserve an audience. Don has a wall he allows artists and art centres to present artworks on. He takes no commission and is very generous with the space and takes the time to hang and present the works with care. The works are now all up on the wall and include unframed works on paper, carvings, small number of barks, a couple of weavings, mixed media and a singularly well-hung BewkBewk limited edition print (that we have multiple copies of for sale). There are more than 80 petite, highly affordable pieces of art on show. The works will be on display until 19th May. We still have plenty of stock in our online Etsy shop - but don't forget we close it sometime in May because onsite demand gets too much to keep stocking it. Look out for one more big sale before we close it.

    It’s March and we’re on track for a big year

    March 3, 2018
    We've been open for just over a (very eventful) month. This is the time of year for back of house tidy ups. Stocktake is now finished! We have more than 8,500 items of stock that have individual catalogue numbers that need to be matched with our database. We have thousands more self-produced items that need counting such as lengths of fabric, bags, books and thongs. It's laborious! and took 5 teams four days of counting. We documented it in a facebook photo album. It is impossible for us to take stock mid-year when we are being inundated with visitors and trade 6-7 days a week. Wet season (no customers) is the ideal time. We have also been working on some videos, planning a new crowdfunding campaign for a booklet about Injalak Hill Rock Art & Tour, printing lots of fabric featured in a facebook album that is being regularly updated and restocking our online Etsy Shop and we now have more than 300 items for sale there. Get it on! 2018 is now underway with 35 outstanding participants and some beautiful items made already. Follow it with #getiton2018 and on facebook in a facebook album. Meanwhile we've got some AMAZING art walking in the door every day as our artists prepare for the Telstra NATSIAA and other art competitions. Another behind the scenes activity is a bold new Injalak Arts initiative called Provenance Arts, to be opened in Darwin for the dry season. We promise, this is HUGE .... more news of that coming soon.

    Hello 2018!

    February 4, 2018
    Well, it's nice to be back and open again. We've had a bit of a bumpy start with big monsoonal rainfalls across the Top End of Australia. The Arnhem Hwy that travels east from Darwin to Jabiru in Kakadu National Park (around 300 km) has been impassable for a week - it's deeply underwater in a number of places. We always have to fly in from Jabiru at this time of the year - but returning staff had to drive via Pine Creek (an extra 200 km) or charter from Darwin so it meant the art centre didn't open until Wednesday 1st February. Gabriel Maralngurra, Co-manager, has done a great job of keeping the art centre secure during the long closure and there's no rain damage either. Lots of housekeeping things to keep us busy. This week is STOCKTAKE!! We'll be closed to onsite customers from Tuesday until Friday. Meanwhile our pre-stocktake SALE is going well with - 20% off everything in out Etsy store. Just use the code STOCKTAKE2018 at the checkout. It finishes Tuesday 6th February but we will continue the SALE for customers coming to us via our website: just use the code INJALAKWEB. It's interesting to see where our Etsy traffic is coming from. New paintings will be uploaded in our own web shop this week too. We have LOTS of beautiful paintings and weavings made over the wet season and we'll continue FREE SHIPPING from our online shop until the dry season. Get It On! 2018 is going very nicely with lots of EOIs received from talented people. Entries close soon (end of this week) so contact us if you'd like some more information: director@injalak.com. See our event page here on Facebook and follow the event here #getiton2018

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