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Buku Larrnŋgay Mulka

138 Tuffin Road, Yirrkala, NT, 0880

Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community controlled Art Centre of Northeast Arnhem Land. Located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community on the northeastern tip of the Top End of the Northern Territory, approximately 700km east of Darwin. Their primarily Yolŋu (Aboriginal) staff of around twenty, services Yirrkala and the approximately twenty-five homeland centres in the radius of 200km.

In the 1960’s, Narritjin Maymuru set up his own beachfront gallery from which he sold art that now graces many major museums and private collections. He is counted among the Art Centre’s main inspirations and founders. His vision of Yolŋu-owned business to sell Yolŋu art, that started with a shelter on a beach, has now grown into a thriving business that exhibits and sells globally.

Buku-Larrŋgay – “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.”

In 1976, the Yolŋu artists established ‘Buku-Larrŋgay Arts’ in the old Mission health centre as an act of self-determination coinciding with the withdrawal of the Methodist Overseas Mission and the Land Rights and Homeland movements. In 1988, a new museum was built with a Bicentenary grant, housing a collection of works put together in the 1970s illustrating clan law and also the Message Sticks from 1935 and the Yirrkala Church Panels from 1963.

In 1996, a screen print workshop and extra gallery spaces were added to provide a range of different mediums for artists to explore. In 2007, The Mulka Project was added which houses and displays a collection of tens of thousands of historical images and films as well as creating new digital product.

Still on the same site but in a greatly expanded premises Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre now consists of two divisions; the Yirrkala Art Centre, which represents Yolŋu artists exhibiting and selling contemporary art, and The Mulka Project, which acts as a digital production studio and archiving centre incorporating the museum.

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Shipping policy

  • AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market & Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation takes no responsibility for the negotiation, coordination or distribution of freight and shipping of purchases made at the 2021 online AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market. Items customers wish to purchase may require a manual quote for freight which will be charged separately.
  • Shipping and freight costs are not included in the advertised purchase price unless this is stipulated at the point of purchase of the item by the Art Centre/Participant/Vendor.
  • If shipping and freight costs are not stipulated at point of purchase, all shipping and freight costs must be arranged directly with the Art Centre/Participant/Vendor from where the purchase was made.
  • If multiple items are purchased from different Art Centre/Participants/Vendors in the same transaction, customers must arrange shipping with each Art Centre/Participant/Vendor.

Refund policy

AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market & Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation takes no responsibility for refunds of purchases made at the 2021 online AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market. All refund requests must be directed to the Art Centre/Participant/Vendor where the purchase was made.

Return policy

  • AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation takes no responsibility for the cancellation, return or exchange of any purchases made at the 2021 online AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market. All cancellations, returns or exchange requests must be directed to the Art Centre/Participant/Vendor where the purchase was made.
  • AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation takes no responsibility for any or items that appeared different to what was depicted on the 2021 online AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market website