Yolŋu-run artwork centre Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (Buku) is positioned in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal group 700 kilometres east of Darwin in Northeast Arnhem Land. Its historical past of bark portray is lengthy and interesting, in each creative and political dimensions.
This tiny former mission city was the positioning of the primary ever formal assertion of Indigenous native title within the type of the Yirrkala bark petitions, which had been offered to the Home of Representatives in 1963. The group’s act of self-determination was written on paper and glued to painted bark, bordering claims of displacement and dispossession of sacred websites with conventional marks and figures.
Bark portray on this small however wealthy creative group has held new efficiency of late, because the historically men-only craft has, within the final 5 a long time, been practised by ladies. Bark Women: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala explores and celebrates the work of