Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre is accessible via sealed roads, 220 km from Broome and 12 km from Derby, along the Gibb River Road. Previously formed as an artists’ association in 2000, it is today an Aboriginal-owned organisation that was established and incorporated in 2006.

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre supports the artistic and cultural expression of the Ngarinyin, Wunumbal and Worrorra people of the Northwest Kimberley and shares this knowledge with up to 25,000 visitors each year. The three language groups share marriage customs, linguistic similarities, and Wandjina beliefs. Their traditional lands stretch from north of Derby to Kalumbaru, from the Gibb River Road out to the coast.

To the Mowanjum people, the Wandjina is the supreme spirit being, the creator of all living things. Depicted with no mouth, it is said their power is such that they don’t need to speak. Working mostly in natural ochres, Mowanjum artists continue to paint the Wandjina, reinterpreting this ancient image through contemporary art practice and media.

Thanks to the generosity of the Mowanjum people, the world now has the opportunity to learn about one of the oldest and most powerful images in Aboriginal art along the associated stories that have been passed on throughout the generations. The artwork and stories sustain and energise this timeless tradition.

Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre
Lot 85 Gibb River Road, Mowanjum Community, Derby, WA
(PO Box 252, Derby, WA, 6728)
(08) 9191 1008

Other Art Centres in the North-West Kimberley