Elcho Island Arts
Elcho Island Arts is an Aboriginal community-owned art centre in Galiwinku, 150 km north-west of Nhulunbuy. The community’s artists produce a wide range of traditional craft and fine artworks, utilising materials collected from surrounding bushland and beaches, continuing a tradition of many thousands of years. The island is also the home of musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and the Chooky Dancers.
Types of works produced include Morning Star poles, bone coffin (hollow log) or Dupan, bark paintings, yidaki (didgeridoo), woven pandanus baskets, carvings and shell jewellery. Their fibre art is certainly worth a look, with grasses and fibres dyed and woven together to form baskets, dilly bags, mats, fishing nets and jewellery. Elcho Island artworks are strongly coloured with intense and intricate designs and in mid-2006 a selection of works was exhibited in Paris as part of an Arnhem Land exhibition.
Please contact the gallery prior to your visit as the gallery may be closed due to field or cultural commitments. The art centre is located on Aboriginal land and therefore permits must be obtained prior to arrival which the art centre staff will be happy to organise for you.