Yirrkala

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The Yolngu community of Yirrkala in east Arnhem Land, in the North Territory, is one of the great centres of Australian aboriginal culture. It has during the past seventy years played a decisive part in the evolution both of aboriginal art and aboriginal political awareness.

 

During the 1950s it developed a bark-painting tradition, setting down traditional motifs in natural ochres on flattened bark panels. The work was an assertion of aboriginal lore and pride. In 1963 the community dispatched a 'bark petition' to the national government asserting their claims to their own land, in the face of incursion by mining companies. It marked an important moment in the aboriginal Land Rights movement, and an early instance of the way in which art expresses and projects aboriginal identity.

 

The art movement has prospered at Yirrkala. The richly-worked and formally meticulous bark-painting tradition has been supplemented by other art practices, including print-making, painting, weaving and carving.  The enduring strength and continuity of Yolngu culture has found expression in the work of many significant artists, including Banduk Marika, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and Naminapu Maymuru.

  • Yirrkala Works

    • Djardie Ashley, Stone Spear Heads, 1998
      Djardie Ashley, Stone Spear Heads, 1998
    • Banapana, Birds and Totem, c. 1960
      Banapana, Birds and Totem, c. 1960
    • Djalu Gurruwiwi, Bawan, 1997
      Djalu Gurruwiwi, Bawan, 1997
    • Djambawa Marawili, Fish, n.d.
      Djambawa Marawili, Fish, n.d.
    • Djambawa Marawili, Bargu ga Dhamalinu, 1996
      Djambawa Marawili, Bargu ga Dhamalinu, 1996
    • Naminapu Maymuru, Milky Way Dreaming - Tinapunapu, 1997
      Naminapu Maymuru, Milky Way Dreaming - Tinapunapu, 1997
    • Naminapu Maymuru, Marrnguga Wulunggultji - Climbing the Bark, 1998
      Naminapu Maymuru, Marrnguga Wulunggultji - Climbing the Bark, 1998
    • Rrawun Maymuru, Yingapungapu, 1998
      Rrawun Maymuru, Yingapungapu, 1998
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr, Buwakul, 1996
      Marrnyula Mununggurr, Buwakul, 1996
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr, Basket Weaving, 1997
      Marrnyula Mununggurr, Basket Weaving, 1997
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr, Gannal Ga Djarrwit, 1996
      Marrnyula Mununggurr, Gannal Ga Djarrwit, 1996
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr, How We Live, c.1996
      Marrnyula Mununggurr, How We Live, c.1996
    • Marrnyula Mununggurr, Dhanggi, 1996
      Marrnyula Mununggurr, Dhanggi, 1996
    • Rerrkirrwanga Mununggurr, Guya, 1996
      Rerrkirrwanga Mununggurr, Guya, 1996
    • Yananymul Mununggurr, Djirikitj Ga Mapu, c.2000
      Yananymul Mununggurr, Djirikitj Ga Mapu, c.2000
    • Tunbiala, Snakes at Trial Bay, 1965
      Tunbiala, Snakes at Trial Bay, 1965
    • Mithili Wanambi, Trial River, n.d.
      Mithili Wanambi, Trial River, n.d.
    • Mulkan Wirrpanda, Yalada, 1998
      Mulkan Wirrpanda, Yalada, 1998
    • Dundiwuy Wunungmarra, Bush Tucker, c.1996
      Dundiwuy Wunungmarra, Bush Tucker, c.1996
    • Dundiwuy Wunungmarra, Gurmandamandu, 1996
      Dundiwuy Wunungmarra, Gurmandamandu, 1996
    • Nawurapu Wununmurra, Wanupini, 2018
      Nawurapu Wununmurra, Wanupini, 2018
    • Barrupu Yunupingu, Gurtha - Fire III, 2001
      Barrupu Yunupingu, Gurtha - Fire III, 2001
    • Barrupu Yunupingu, Gurtha - Fire, c.2000
      Barrupu Yunupingu, Gurtha - Fire, c.2000
    • Deturru Yunupingu, Lamamirri - Yumbulul, 1996
      Deturru Yunupingu, Lamamirri - Yumbulul, 1996
    • Djolu Yunupingu, Untitled, n.d.
      Djolu Yunupingu, Untitled, n.d.
    • Gayili Yunupingu, Bilthu Ga Ganytjurr, 1997
      Gayili Yunupingu, Bilthu Ga Ganytjurr, 1997
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Barru Yalu, 1995
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Barru Yalu, 1995
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Guluwukbuk, 1996
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Guluwukbuk, 1996
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Barru Ga Guya, 1996
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Barru Ga Guya, 1996
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Dharpa Dawu- Quail, 1996
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Dharpa Dawu- Quail, 1996
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Quail Dreaming - Bukmak, 1998
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Quail Dreaming - Bukmak, 1998
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Getkit, 1996-1998
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Getkit, 1996-1998
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Barru, c.1990
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Barru, c.1990
    • Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Djirikitj - Quail's Feeding, c.2000
      Nancy Gaymala Yunupingu, Djirikitj - Quail's Feeding, c.2000
    • Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Depina - Caterpillar, 1999
      Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Depina - Caterpillar, 1999
    • Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Kangaroo, 2018
      Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Kangaroo, 2018
    • Yirrinyina Yunupingu, Dhanggi, 1997
      Yirrinyina Yunupingu, Dhanggi, 1997