We 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!