Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala showcases the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolŋu women artists from the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre (Buku), in North-East Arnhem Land. Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community run art centre located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community, approximately 700 km east of Darwin. According to Buku, under Yolŋu Law the ‘Land’ extends to include sea, and both land and sea are connected in a single cycle of life for which the Yolŋu hold their songs, sacred designs and art. Yolŋu women at Buku are known for channeling this unique world view into daring and innovative works of art that demonstrate their mastery over the unique medium of bark.
The NGV design store has collaborated with The Social Studio to produce this exclusive range of apparel and accessories. The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise, using fashion and creativity to create work and learning opportunities for refugee and new migrant communities. This collection was made in their Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne by the production team of: Tara, Amee, Thi, Zakarya, Nancy, Asal and Ngoc My.
Terry plush fabric
Double sided design
Designed and made in Melbourne exclusively for the NGV design store.
Gumatj, Rrakpala born 1945
I am a mermaid 2020
earth pigments and recycled print toner on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
255.0 x 57.0 cm
© Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, courtesy of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala