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Warlayirti Artists (Balgo)

PMB 20, Balgo Community, 6770
 

Ngurra are the places we came from, our Country. We came to the mission from Kiwirrkurra, from Canning Stock Route, from Mulan lake Country. All the different families. All now to this Country we call Balgo.

Eva Nagomara, Senior Artist

 

Warlayirti Artists have a reputation for vibrant colour, bold brush strokes and distinctly individual art works. As one of Australia’s leading Indigenous art centres, Warlayirti specialises in fine-art paintings, works-on-paper, silk-scarf dyeing and artefacts. The Art Centre is located in the community of Balgo (Wirrimanu) in the south-east Kimberley on the edge of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts in the Kutjungka region of northern Western Australia. Wirrimanu is the ceremonial hub for several Indigenous clans and is a site for the Luurnpa Tjukurrpa (Kingfisher Dreaming). 

Established in 1987, Warlayirti Artists represents around 200 artists across three communities in the Kutjungka region – Kururrungka (Billiluna), Mulan and Wirramanu (Balgo). There are eight different language groups – KukatjaNgardiDjaru, Warlpiri, WalmajarriWangkajunga, Pintupi and Ngaatjatjaras – each with their own history and stories to tell. For this multicultural and diverse artistic group, art is part of everyday life and cultural continuity. 

The Art Centre has some of the best purpose-built facilities in remote Australia. It is a dynamic place, functioning as a studio space for artists, as well as a large purpose-built gallery for the display and sale of artworks. The Art Centre is also home to a cultural Keeping Place and archive of national significance. 

The Art Centre accommodates a community of artists diverse in age, culture and life experience – some brought up in the traditional bush manner, others on the Mission and younger generations in the modern-day community. Artists exhibit widely nationally and internationally and are represented in major public and private collections. 

Warlayirti Artists is an Aboriginal owned and governed, not-for-profit organisation with deductible gift recipient status. Warlayirti Artists is proudly 100% Aboriginal owned and governed. 

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Policies

Shipping policy

All works will be sent 14th April.  All artworks and/or items are sent via either Australia Post Courier or Startrack Courier. Due to our remote nature all mail is sent out on a once weekly mail-plane and then onto its perspective courier for delivery. Thus, we cannot guarantee specific delivery times, but usually artworks and/or items reach their destination within 5-10 working days. If you need a work by a specific date please call to inform us and we will do our best. Please clearly nominate your delivery address including any addition information needed. If we are sending to your office, please ensure you let us know your opening times. Freight included in pricing.

Refund policy

We do not refund works except in extreme and/or extenuating circumstance. I.e damaged work or accidental misinformation. In which case refund will be given once work has been returned to art centre.

Return policy

We do not accept return of works except in extreme and/or extenuating circumstance. I.e damaged work or accidental misinformation. In which case refund will be given once work has been returned to art centre.