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Visit by Aboriginal arts workers

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Visit by Aboriginal arts workers

2 Aug 2016

by Dr Lily Withycombe

Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists 

The National Museum was delighted to host Arts Worker Extension Program 2016 participants from the Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists Corporation (ANKAAA) on a recent visit.

A view from the back of two women looking at a museum display.
Augustina Kennedy (left) and Jennifer Wurrkidj in Open Collections at the National Museum.

Nine arts workers are completing the nine-month intensive professional development program. It aims to increase professional skills and build industry networks to help participants with their careers in Northern Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres.

The group comprised Ribgna Green from Warlayirti Arts in Balgo and Lynley Nargoodah from Mangkaja Arts in Fitzroy Crossing, both from Western Australia, and Bernadette Mungatopi from Munupi Arts and Crafts, Pirlangimpi, in the Tiwi Islands.

Representing the Northern Territory were Augustina Kennedy from Djilpin Arts in Beswick, Jason Marrkula from Gapuwiyak Culture and Art, Ishmael Marika from Yirrkala, Jangu Nundhirribala from Numburindi Artists’ Group in Numbulwar and Jennifer Wurrkidj from Babbarra Designs in Maningrida.

Participants met staff across the National Museum. Curator David Kaus gave our visitors a tour of Open Collections and host and Yirandali man Lee Burgess led a tour of the Museum’s galleries. Other members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program team met the visitors over lunch.

Our visitors were excited to unexpectedly meet former Olympian Cathy Freeman, who was on her way to see the Museum’s Play School exhibition.

We wish the ANKAAA program participants the best of luck with their great work up north.

A group shot of visitors in the Main Hal at the National Museum of Australia.
Visitors (from left) Bernadette Mungatopi, Ribgna Green, Jason Marrkula, Cathy Freeman, Ishmael Marika, Alan Joshua Jr, Jonathon Saunders and Augustina Kennedy in the Museum's Main Hall.

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