Selected works from the Painting Room


This exhibition highlights paintings by leading artists from Australia's Western Desert and East Arnhem Land. These rich and vibrant works depict specific ceremonial & cultural practices.

Established in 1972 in the Western Desert is the highly regarded Papunya Tula artists. The high standard of the work and its unmistakable and powerful style has resulted in the Papunya Tula artists being represented in most public galleries, major museums, institutions and many large private collections within Australia as well as overseas. The Papunya Tula painting style derives directly from the artists’ knowledge of traditional body and sand painting associated with ceremony.

Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Center is located in Northeast Arnhem Land in a small Aboriginal community called Yirrkala. It consists of two divisions; the Yirrkala Art Center which represents Yolngu artists exhibiting and selling contemporary art and The Mulka Project which acts as a digital production studio and archiving center incorporating the Museum. This exhibit showcases striking ceremonial poles and unique bangarra boards.

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.”