The Barkly region is home to artists representing five remote communities. Whilst sharing some common themes and techniques, each community has its own individual style.
Collectively the Artists of the Barkly offer a less familiar perspective on Indigenous Art. Their depictions of the land and the region’s famed cattle stations are often realised in figurative and abstract forms, with nods to folk and naive art. Vibrant, bold colour as well as pastels also contribute to a distinctive aesthetic.
Time spent on country reflected in art
The Barkly region is hosts to some of Australia’s largest cattle stations and these are often represented in art. The works not only tell cultural stories but also depict tableaus of daily life, turning what may seem mundane (the gathering of water or the building of railway lines) into something expressive. Recollections from time on country, the changing landscape bush tucker, bush medicine and bush flowers all feature strongly in works from this region.
Jessie Beasley, Rita Beasley, Carol Beasley, Annette Nungala, Kaye Beasley (artworker in
Epenarra) and Rhonda Plummer (Barkly Regional Arts). (Photo: Visual Arts)
Canteen Creek Artists (Owairtilla) – Kulumindini Arts (Elliott) – Epenarra Artists (Wutunugurra) – Mungkarta Artists (McLaren Creek) -Tartukula Artists (Tennant Creek).
Each art community operates as a separate cultural enterprise, reinforcing the culture of the area and respecting protocol.
Since 2012, Barkly Regional Arts has supported these art communities through employment of community arts workers, facilitation from outreach art staff, professional and artistic development opportunities and assistance with marketing and sales.
Alongside our studio which is also home to the Tennant Creek (Tartakula) artists, Barkly Regional Arts also operate an Art Gallery. exhibiting and selling authentic works from each of our communities.
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Collaborations & Acknowledgements
Artists of the Barkly is a signatory member of the Indigenous Art Code as Art, part of the NT Art Trail, affiliated to Desart and ANKA (only for Kulumindini Arts).
Since 2009, Barkly Regional Arts and Desart coordinate the annual Desart Barkly Artists Camp, a unique workshop gathering artists from all the art centres in the Barkly region.
The Artists of the Barkly is often invited to the main events in the NT, Parrtjima, Desert Mob and Darwin Art Fair, to represent the incredible diversity of languages, cultures and stories from our region.