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Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

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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 1960s, 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.

Contact details
  • http://yirrkala.com/
  • 138 Tuffin Road, Yirrkala, NT 0881
  • art@yirrkala.com
  • +61 8 8987 1701
  • 66 988 958 476
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Sat - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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