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Celebrating 25 years of Keeping Art , Culture and Country Strong 1987 -2012



ANKAAA is the peak advocacy and support agency for Aboriginal artists and Art Centres located in the regions of:

Arnhem Land



Tiwi Islands

ANKAAA works across the Aboriginal Art Industry focused upon delivering services:

  • Consultation (listening to members)
  • Advocacy & Lobbying (talking up for members and Art Centres; protecting artists’ rights)
  • Resourcing and Supporting  (helping and giving information)
  • Training (teaching)
  • Referral and Networking  (putting members in touch with each other and other organisations and resources)
  • Marketing and Promotion (telling people about Art Centres and artists)

ANKAAA is a non-profit, Incorporated Aboriginal Association.

Warning: This website may contain images and names of people who have passed away

To checkout our members, their websites andsee where they are located, visit




News and Information

(Last updated 11 August 2014)

ANKAAA Board of Directors

ANKAAA - Board 2013

The Arts Backbone

Founded in 2001 ANKAAA’s Arts Backbone magazine gives insight into what is happening in the Art Centres across the Top End of the NT and WA. Click below to access current issues. Back issues can be accessed in the News section of this web site. 



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Other News and Information Links:

ANKAAA Brochure/guide: A Guide to Aboriginal Art and the Aboriginal Owned Art Centres of the Kimberley and Top End.




Art Centre Job Opportunities in ANKAAA region

Contact ANKAAA if you have skills and are interested in gaining experience volunteering in community Art Centres: info@ankaaa.org.au.

If you are interested in receiving updates on employment opportunities in the Indigenous Arts Industry within ANKAAA regions please notify ANKAAA at info@ankaaa.org.au.

Listing of recently advertised positions in the ANKAAA regions are listed within the latest ANKAAA E-Bulletin (see link below)



NEWS For Members:

ANKAAA E-Bulletin Newsletter 15 April 2014


Consumer Brochure

A primary function of the ANKAAA charter is to protect the rights of artists and promote ethical business practice in the Indigenous art industry. The Consumer Guide is a joint initiative between ANKAAA & the Arts NT Indigenous Arts Development Unit with other key stake holders including Desart, ArtsMARK, Arts Law and Copyright Council of Australia. The brochure is aimed at informing consumers about the ethical purchase of Indigenous art and will be distributed through art centres, art galleries, tourist centres, back packers, hotels and art organisations.

The publication is a result of wide-ranging consultation with artists, art centres, galleries, consumer affairs, legal and industry representatives. Publication of the Consumer Guide was generously supported by the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT.

To download a copy of the Consumer Guide in PDF format click below:







ANKAAA is currently seeking expressions of interest from experienced organisations, companies and individuals in offering Services to Indigenous Art Centres

ANKAAA is compiling a register of service providers, for the delivery of training and services relevant to remote art centres including but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Consultation (listening to members)
  • Advocacy & Lobbying (talking up for members and Art Centres; protecting artists’ rights)
  • Resourcing and supporting  (helping and giving information)
  • Training (teaching)
  • Referral and networking  (putting members in touch with each other and other organisations and resources)
  • Marketing and Promotion (telling people about Art Centres and artists)

For further information or to lodge your expression of interest please click here


Arts and the Homelands:

ANKAAA Panel at Garma Festival of Traditional Culture 2009

Above: Richard Gandhuwuy

View full transcript here

Frances Morphy article on the Lanyhapuy Homelands, 2008

Jon Altman ANU media release on federal policy pertaining to homelands, 2009

Article on Yolngu elder Garriwin Gumana by Lindsay Murdoch, 2009

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance (AMSANT) Media Release

Health and Homelands Report  2009


Our Art, Our Art Industry: Australian Indigenous artists talk art business.

Deadly short videos of artists discussing their art and art business are on view at www.youtube.com/NAVAartistcareer.

Filmed on site in the Kimberley in November 2009 the vodcast interviews are a joint project of ANKAAA and the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA).




Do you want to work with a small indigenous enterprise in the Northern Territory to build strong artistic, cultural and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people?

Ngukurr Aboriginal Arts Centre- MANAGER

Applications Close 5.00pm Wednesday 31st December 2014

Situated on the banks of the mighty Roper River, Ngukurr Arts Aboriginal Corporation (NAAC) is an Indigenous owned, not for profit Corporation based at Ngukurr, an Aboriginal Community on the border of NT and South East Arnhem Land.

For more info and images of the Arts Centre, Ngukurr and surrounding area go to www.ngukurrarts.net.au <http://www.ngukurrarts.net.au>

Full position details and selection criteria are available by email
ing Ngukurrart@gmail.com or contacting Jules North on (08) 8975 4260

Waralungku Arts in Borroloola is recruiting for the Art Centre Coordinator.  
This is a full-time position, based in Borroloola, approx 900kms south-east of Darwin.
The role is suitable for a single person or job sharing couple.
For more information or a Position Description contact Matrix On Board Consulting on (08) 8985 1728 or e-mail sally.clifford@mob.com.au 
Or see more at: www.waralungku.com

Applications close:  Friday 31st October 2014


Art Worker Extension Program 2014

The 2014 ANKAAA Art Worker Extension Program Special Presentation Event took place at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair on 8 August 2014. The celebration of success of the  art workers from accross ANKAAA’s four region’s of the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land, the Kimberley and Katherine/Darwin, was followed by highly popular presentations at Art Centres Stalls, where participants talked they about their work in Art Centres.

ANKAAA Art Worker Extension Program 2014, Showcase Booklet


ANKAAA in the news

ANKAAA, its Arts Worker Extension Program and the Harvesting Traditional Knowledge project are featured in the August Air North Out There Magazine.  Please click on the link below to view.



OutThere Magazine, August/ September 2014


Harvesting Traditional Knowledge:

National two way learning and industry development initiative

Watch 3 min trailer for the new Harvesting Traditional Knowledge documentary which will be screened on television in 2014


The first Harvesting Traditional Knowledge workshop took place at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, 14-16 May. The workshop was presented by ANKAAA in partnership with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, and the University of Melbourne, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. Over two and a half days, the workshop focused on the production and conservation of Aboriginal art and craft and encouraged two-way learning between Indigenous knowledge holders, and participants with an interest in the care and conservation of Indigenous cultural material.

The second workshop extended on the highly positive learnings of the Yirrkala event, and took place 10-12 September at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, Derby.

The Harvesting Traditional Knowledge project forms part of the Inspiring Australia Initiative and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Listen to Radio National special presentation 'Written on a Bark' about the the Harvesting Traditional Knowledge workshop at Yirrkala.

Read about the project in Radio National feature article 'On the Fine Art of Preserving Bark Paintings'.

 World Indigenous Network Conference (WIN)


ANKAAA and members have recently participated in World Indigenous Network Conference, May 2013.

Djambawa Marawili AM, ANKAAA Chairman, and Annette Kogolo ANKAAA Deputy Chairperson, presented in the ANKAAA Arts Network Hub Conference Session: 'The Land and Sea Can't Talk, We Have To Talk For Them' : Working Together To Care For Country – collective painting projects and land and sea rights claims.

See overview of the session including all presentations and powerpoint download.

Watch Djambawa Marawili AM and Annette Kogolo's presentations


ANKAAA and a large number of its members were delegates at the Conference. Members from ten ANKAAA Art Centres participated in the Arts Network Hub. ANKAAA thanks the AWEP Graduate Program participants for representing ANKAAA at their Arts Network Hub stall.


Arts Worker Extension Program 2013


Scenes from the ANKAAA Arts Worker Extension Program

Nine new Arts Workers from the ANKAAA membership have completed the third ANKAAA Arts Worker Extension Program. They join a network of 16 other Arts Worker Extension program Graduates. The group undertook intensive training in Darwin, attended internships at national institutions and took part in a range of other special tailored professional development opportunities over the year. They will continue to receive support in the Graduate Program.

The 2012-13 AWEP program was made possible by the generous support of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, the Western Australian Department of Arts and Culture, and the Federal Office of the Arts Professional Development Fund.

For further information on the program and participants see the ANKAAA Arts Worker Extension Program Showcase Booklet 2012-13, Showcase Booklet (2011-12) , Showcase Booklet (2010-11) and Arts Worker Extension Program Participant Booket (2011-12).

Watch the ANKAAA Arts Worker Extension Program News Story on ABC News June 16 2012


Indigenous Participation in Sustainable Economic Development for Northern Australia 2013

The vibrant network of Indigenous owned community Art Centres supported by ANKAAA play a vital role in the economy of Northern Australia. Sales of artwork provide essential economic support for artists and families in communities and homelands while also fulfilling a vital role in keeping culture strong.

ANKAAA is pleased to have partnered with Northern Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd. (NAILSMA) in production of the Video News Story Report on the Second North Australian Indigenous Experts Forum at Kakadu in May, which explored innovative ways for Indigenous interests to engage with government and industry in Northern Australia's economic future.

ANKAAA's David MacKenzie produced the video report and ANKAAA's Deputy Chairperson Annette Kogolo and CEO Christina Davidson represented artist's and Art Centres at the forum.

A second Forum Reports was also produced: An Indigenous prospectus for participating in the sustainable development of north Australia.


Where I'm Calling From: Djambawa Marawili, Arnhem Land


Radio National Interview with ANKAAA Chairman, Yolngu artist Djambawa Marawili AM who discusses the meaning of 'place' with Sarah Kanowski at the opening of the exhibition Djalkiri: We are standing on their names - Blue Mud Bay, 18 May 2013.


ANKAAA's 25th Anniversary Celebrations


Dancers from each of ANKAAA’s four regions.

ANKAAA celebrated its 25th anniversary, in conjunction with the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, with a presentation of traditional dancing from each of the four ANKAAA regions – Arnhem Land, Tiwi, Kimberley and Katherine/ Darwin. The event took place on the 10th August on the lawns of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Thank you to the dancers and to everyone who came along to celebrate the event.

Watch a video of the 25th Anniversary Event


ANKAAA Finalist in Reconciliation Australia Indigenous Governance Awards.

Governance Awards

Djambawa Marawili AO receiving ANKAAA's award together with other finalists.

ANKAAA was proud to be one of four national finalists in the 2010 Reconciliation Australia Indigenous Governance Awards. The great commitment and active contribution of ANKAAA's current and past directors as well as all of ANKAAA's members have lead to this important recognition. Congratulations and thank you to all Art Centres and members who contributed to presentations to the panel of judges.


ANKAAA Chairman receives Order of Australia Award

Order of Australia Presentaion

Djambawa Marawili AO with Mr Tom Pauling AO QC Administrator of the Northern Territory.

ANKAAA Chairman Mr Djambawa Marawilli was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the arts as a sculptor and a painter, to the presevation in Indigenous culture, to arts administration, and as a mentor of emerging artists. The Investiture took place on 1 June 2010 at Baniyala Homeland, Blue Mud Bay, North East Arnhem Land.



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