Art dealer/business (Indigenous owned/operated)
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community controlled art centre of Northeast Arnhem Land. Located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community on the northeastern tip of the Top End of the Northern Territory, approximately 700km east of Darwin. Our primarily Yolngu (Aboriginal) staff of around twenty services Yirrkala and the approximately twenty-five homeland centres in the radius of 200km. In the 1960’s, Narritjin Maymuru set up his own beachfront gallery from which he sold art that now graces many major museums and private collections. He is counted among the art centre’s main inspirations and founders, and his picture hangs in the museum. His vision of Yolngu-owned business to sell Yolngu art that started with a shelter on a beach has now grown into a thriving business that exhibits and sells globally. Buku-Larrnggay – “the feeling on your face as it is struck by the first rays of the sun (i.e. facing East) Mulka – “a sacred but public ceremony.” In 1976, the Yolngu artists established ‘Buku-Larrnggay Arts’ in the old Mission health centre as an act of self-determination coinciding with the withdrawal of the Methodist Overseas Mission and the Land Rights and Homeland movements.
location138 Tuffin Road, Yirrkala NT 0881
Monday to Friday 8am – 4:30pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm
The community is Aboriginal land but no permit is required to visit the Art Centre from the nearby mining town of Nhulunbuy or the local Gove Airport.
Airnorth Flights to Nhulunbuy.
Permission from the Northern Land Council (08 8920 5100) is required to drive here from Darwin or Katherine (approximately ten hours). The road is impassable in the Wet Season (from Dec-May). Yirrkala is a dry area where alcohol is forbidden without a permit.
There are two hotels in the vicinity, the Walkabout Lodge and the Gove Peninsula Motel.
Car Hire recommendations: Manny’s Car Rentals (08) 89872300, Gove Rentals (08 8987 1700) and Nhulunbuy Ute Hire (08 89872872).
Camping is available in designated areas. Permits are required through Dhimurru Land Management (08) 8987 3992).
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