Marrawuddi Gallery

Location: Bowali Visitors Centre, Kakadu National Park
Phone: 8 8979 2777
Fax: 8 8979 2779

Description

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.

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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.