Marrawuddi Gallery is 100% owned by the Djabulukgu Association, its members are the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of land in Northern Kakadu and Western Arnhem Land. A board of up to twelve members governs the Association. Historically the chairpersons role and function has been shared amongst the members including women. The current chairperson is Jacob Nayinggul the senior Manilagarr clansman.
Kakadu National Park offers you an opportunity to experience magnificent World Heritage landscapes that are diverse, unique and lived, indeed very much alive. Marrawuddi offers the same experience through connecting with the art.
Marrawuddi showcases good practice in fine arts, promoting not just the artists residing within Kakadu but also those of Western Arnhem Land and ANKAAA member Art Centres of the Top End. We consult, curate and freight, providing a comprehensive service to the artist, collector, galleryist and visitor clientel.
•100% Aboriginal owned & operated •ANKAAA (Association of Northern Kimberly and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists www.ankaaa.org.au) member •Situated at the award winning Bowali Visitor Centre in Kakadu National Park •Showcase good practice in fine arts •Provide a comprehensive service to the artist collector, galleryist and visitor clientel •Offer a comprehensive on-line gallery service
Marrawuddi is a Gundjeihmi word - Sea Eagle – totem for many clan groups of Kakadu National Park and west Arnhem land, and vehicle of ancestral souls. Marrawuddi Gallery is located at the major public hub of Kakadu National Park– the Bowali Visitor Centre.
The Djabulukgu Association auspices the operation of the Kakadu Health Service which operates a comprehensive health service to residents of both Kakadu and the Gunbalanya communities. Profits from businesses owned by Djabulukgu Association, such as Marrawuddi Gallery, have and will continue benefit community development in the Kakadu and West Arnhem region. The commercial nature of the business provides cultural maintenance support for those countrymen and women wishing to express relationships with country through visual arts practice.
Unique to a World Heritage Area, Kakadu National Park contains the catchment and flow areas of an entire (South Alligator) river system. The area of Kakadu is nearly 20,000 square kilometers. The park was born in controversy – the history of the development of the Park has been one of attempts to reconcile the concurrent and competing interests in conservation, mining and Aboriginal Land Rights. These issues continue today.
Tourism also is a major deal within Kakadu, keenly looked at by Governments, Park management, peak and industry bodies. Identified of this market is a large and common desire to experience something of Indigenous culture. The major calalyst of this swell is the mainstream success of the traditional based contemporary Indigenous art movement of this country.
Kakadu National Park offers you an opportunity to experience magnificent ancient landscapes that are diverse, unique and lived, indeed very much alive. Marrawuddi offers the same experience through connecting with the art.
Map & Directions
Marrawuddi Gallery is located at the major public hub of Kakadu National Park– the Bowali Visitor Centre. Which is 5kms south of the township of Jabiru
Bowali Visitor Information Centre Bowali – a Gundjeihmi name for the immediate area and creek that runs though this locale. This land is owned by the people of the Mirarr clan
The internationally acclaimed building was collaboration between architects Glen Murcutt (winner Prizker Prize 2002), Troppo Architects of Darwin and the Traditional owners of Kakadu. Main building components used are of hard timbers, rammed earth, steel plate, corrugated iron and glass.
The oblique approach to Bowali Visitor Information centre is a meander from car park through the bush and as explained by Big Bill Neidjie is the correct and respectful approach to sacred and important sites.
“We soon understood that the project was more about connections with the landscape and path, than a series of spaces.”
Glenn Murcutt – joint architect
Design concepts of Bowali took on board those of rock shelters in the nearby stone country of the great Arnhem Plateau, of vaulted ceilings, cool niches and areas of discovery.
Much of the building is open with interpretive displays of country and ecology, leading the visitor inside and out the other side to more verandahs and bush surrounds. Bowali Information centre also incorporates a theatrette, coffee shop and our Gallery. Kakadu National Park Headquarters is housed at Bowali.