The Merrepen Arts Centre is within the Indigenous community Nauiyu Nambiyu, which means “coming together in one place” or “meeting place”.
Merrepen Art Gallery is located in the valley next to the Daly River in the Northern Territory, about 240km South of Darwin. Their home is surrounded by billabongs and hills which provides the small community, consisting of about 450 residents, with plenty of bush tucker. Daly river itself provides scrumptious barramundi that has become famous for it's flavour and size!
The gallery itself hosts about 20 artists on a regular basis, with numbers growing to around 80 when the annual Merrepen Arts Festival is held. Although canvas painting is the favoured art form, the artists use a range of mediums and are constantly being introduced to new techniques and ways of expressing their art.
We are currently working to bring Merrepen art to our fashion line. Until the clothing is up on our website, enjoy this sneak peek of what is to come!
This concludes our focus on the Indigenous Art Centres. If you want more information, here are the links to our blog about Bábbarra's Women's Centre and Hopevale Community Arts Centre, or stay tuned and I am sure you will hear updates about these galleries in the months to come!
As more people become aware of the beautiful artwork that is created in community in Australia, we hope that our relationship with these remote Indigenous art centres will continue to grow.
Until then, all the best and we here at Publisher Textiles hope that your communities continue to thrive!
The Publisher Textiles Team