Milmuru and Djalangi assessing bark painting

Reinvigorating the MECA collection

Reinvigorating the MECA Collection is a collaboration between Milingimbi Art and Culture, CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery, CDU’s Yolngu Studies and Bula’bula Arts.  It brings together a stunning selection of 64 works from the Milingimbi Education and Cultural Association (MECA) Collection, created in Milingimbi, Arnhem Land in the mid-1970s.

This is the first time works from the MECA Collection have been on wider public display, following more than three decades in storage – held in trust for the community at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Thu 28 Mar 2019 – Sat 20 Jul 2019
10:00am – 2:00pm

Charles Darwin University Art Gallery
Building Orange 12 (ground floor), Casuarina Campus

Highlights include bark paintings that depict the important ancestral narratives of the Wagilag Sisters and the Morning Star Story, as well as other inherited and clan-based designs on hollow logs and wood sculptures, by renowned artists, distinguished clan leaders and ceremonial custodians.

Gurraypanlil, Snakes c. 1970s natural pigments on bark 86 x 46cm

Binyinyuwuy, Morning Star c. 1970s natural pigments on bark 137 x 71cm

Manuwa, Turtle hunters c. 1970s natural pigments on bark
98 x 65cm

Bunguwuy, Hollow log c. 1970s
natural pigments on bark 98 x 38.5cm