A Northern Territory Indigenous Owned Art Centre
The Warnayaka Art Gallery is located in Australia, in Lajamanu, NT. We specialise in Indignous Aboriginal Art. The Lajamanu Community is 580kms south west of Katherine, Northern Territory. Lajamanu is half way between Alice Springs and Darwin. Lajamanu has a population of around 900 Warlpiri people and their stories are part of their art. Artists in Lajamanu have been finalists in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards.
Warnayaka Art & Culture
In the old days the most important Warlpiri artwork was on wood and sand. Later it was put onto the body. Now we use acrylic paint on canvas, and digital art is emerging as the new medium of the younger generation. The medium doesn’t matter, it’s more important that people learn their culture. The Warlpiri, of Warnayaka Art, live in Lajamanu in the Northern Territory of Australia.
This is the story for the Warlpiri nation, two: Ngalia and Warnayaka. One from the south-west and one from the north-east. The two now live in Lajamanu. Two also live in Nyirripi. Two live in Lajamanu, two live in Nyirripi, some in Willowra – the right place, the country of our ancestors – and in Mt Theo.
Two became one in Lajamanu, the families are joined up now. The same as when they lived in the bush.
This art centre is for the young people to learn their culture and law. It is important for our youth to learn the knowledge held by the Ngalia and Warnayaka peoples who are now living as one in Lajamanu.
The art centre is for the survival of culture from the grandfathers’ and grandmothers’ country. The children are getting lost and there are not many old men left, some women but few men.