Jilamara Arts and Craft Association is located at Milikapiti, on the shores of Snake Bay with glorious views of the Arafura Sea, and is home to 500 Tiwi.
Jilamara artists produce innovative and contemporary works based on traditional body painting designs, using natural ochres found on the island. Large carvings, including Pukumani Poles are a feature of their work. Another feature of Jilamara paintings has been the use of the traditional painting tools; kayimwagakimi, the traditional Tiwi painting ‘comb’.
Jilamara is a highly respected art centre at which many of the major contemporary artists of Tiwi art have practiced or continue to do so. A number of high profile artists such as Kitty Kantilla (deceased), Freda Warlapinni (deceased), Pedro Wonaeamirri, Timothy Cook, Raelene Kerinauia and Janice Murray have emerged through the art centre as major figures in Australian art.
The art centre has a busy annual exhibitions schedule in conjunction with key commercial galleries and is well represented in the permanent collections of all national public art institutions and international collections.
Jilamara is accessible by plane and is open Monday Friday or by appointment. Contact the Centre for more information at [email protected]
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