Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation
Established in 1987, Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation is located in the small Indigenous community of Wirrimanu (Balgo) on the edge of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts in the Kutjungka region of northern Western Australia. Warlayirti Artists represents more than 300 artist members across the three communities in the Kutjungka region – Kururrungku (Billiluna), Mulan, and Wirrimanu (Balgo).
In addition, residing in Wirrimanu are eight different language groups – Kukatja, Ngardi, Djaru, Warlpiri, Walmajarri, Wangkajunga, Pintupi and Ngaatjatjaras – each with their own history and story to tell. In such a multicultural and diverse artistic group, art is part of everyday life and cultural continuity.
Warlayirti Artists has some of the best purpose-built facilities in remote Australia. The Warlayirti Art Centre is a dynamic place, functioning as a studio space for the artists as well as a large purpose-built gallery for the display and sale of the fine artworks produced. The Art Centre is also home to a cultural Keeping Place and archive of national significance, as well as a new media and sound production studio.
The multi-medium Art Centre accommodates a community of artists diverse in age, culture and life experience – some brought up in the traditional bush manner and others in the modern-day community. The artists use traditional and new media to share and tell their stories. Warlayirti is known for its bright acrylic works on canvas and linen, however artists have also been developing their skills in the areas of printmaking, photography, film and music and, more recently, works on paper and sculptural forms.
Balgo Hills Community, via Tanami Road, Halls Creek, WA, 6770
(PMB 20 Balgo, via Halls Creek, WA, 6770)
(08) 9168 8960