Art Centres are an integral part of each community

The art centres visited on an Aboriginal Art Connections experience are all aboriginal owned and operated, ensuring that all proceeds from the sale of art works provide a direct benefit to the artists and the communities.

These centres are an integral part of each community, providing the means for local artists to have their work distributed to galleries and collectors world wide. Many are also an artistic hub in the community, with artists sharing ochres, tools and resources, or just coming together socially.

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Waringarri Aboriginal Arts

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts specializes in contemporary, collectable art of the East Kimberley. Situated in Kununurra, in the heart of Miriwoong country, the art centre is owned and managed by the Waringarri artist group.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts was established in the early 1980s by senior artists of the region as a place of art and culture. Building on a timeless artistic tradition, Waringarri’s artists present an authoritative, contemporary aesthetic, interpreting the grandeur of the Kimberley region. Artists relate images of land, traditional lore and stories of station life, blended with interpretations of contemporary East Kimberley life. Working only with ochre pigments, Waringarri artists reinforce the importance of country and culture, while exploring a celebration of colour, composition and individualism.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts operates as an artists’ studio and gallery, selling ochre paintings, limited edition prints, engraved boab nuts, traditional artifacts and didgeridoos.

Regular traditional corroboree performances are held throughout the year, complementing the vitality of Miriwoong cultural identity and enriching the artists’ painting practice.

The art centre supports more than 100 artists, with 100 per cent of income from sales returned back to the community, and proudly provides for the employment and training of local Aboriginal people.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts holds regular interstate and international exhibitions, promoting artists and their culture to global audiences.


Featured Art Tour

This year we have designed a comprehensive tour of Arnhem Land, focusing not only on the art centres, but we have also included immersive environmental events. A spectacular time of year, after the wet season has abated, the drier air ensures comfort whilst the land is still lush and green.

The customised trip will give you the opportunity to walk around the community environs and engage with the local residents. In particular you will meet the artists, often the artist’s family and certainly the arts workers. On occasion we havebeen offered spontaneous invitations to visit the artist’s homes and camps, the chance to visit the local school, learn more about medicinal botany, Yolngu law, interpret rock art or do some night fishing. Overall the style and pace of the trip is to give those interested in Top End Indigenous Australian art and culture an opportunity to fulfil their curiosity in a real time way.

Make no mistake; this trip cannot be achieved without the expertise of the Aboriginal Art Connections team with many years of collective experience and enthusiasm for Northern Australia. Wewill provide a comfortable trip and an extraordinary experience.

The service you can expect from the team at Aboriginal Art Connections is exemplary. Please be aware that accessing these remote communities in Arnhem land is restricted, so we make all the applications on your behalf to clear entry, prepare your lodgings, ensure meals are hearty and fulfilling, down to the fragrant fresh coffee for morning and afternoon tea always in a scenic let’s just stop and take it in location.

As your accompanying indigenous art specialist I am on board to facilitate your growing knowledge of the art forms of the region, such the stylistic shifts from eastern to western Arnhem land, to introducing specific artists work to you, and being that calm third party when required to help you make decisions with confidence when on the ground.

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22.5.16  7 Day Tiwi Island and Arnhem Land Tour hosted by Vivien Anderson.  Read more

1.9.16  Cape York Art Centre Tour - This tour is still in development. We will take you to the best art centres Cape York has to offer. This tour will be led by Vivien Anderson.  Read more