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Injalak Arts

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Kakadu National Park Aboriginal Experiences

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Open Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Sunday (during the dry season).

Description

Injalak Arts is a thriving art centre in West Arnhem Land. Aboriginally managed and owned, centre supports the livelihoods of over 300 Kunwinkju-speaking artists of the area. The artists here continue an artistic tradition that is thousands of years old and would be more than happy to share their culture with you. Injalak Arts' Pop Up Shop at the Border Store is an easily accessible way for visitors to Kakadu to purchase authentic Indigenous artworks and support local communities.

Injalak Arts and Crafts is located in West Arnhem Land, in a scenically stunning location of green floodplains and grand escarpments. Established in 1989, Injalak Arts is an Aboriginal charitable organisation supporting the production of authentic Aboriginal art. Visitors are very welcome to visit Injalak Arts, tour the art centre and experience breathtaking rock art galleries at the nearby Injalak Hill. Guided tours of Injalak Hill will take you through a maze of caverns and jutting sandstone, which have been festooned with paintings made over thousands of years by one of humanity’s longest enduring artistic traditions. Arguably one of the richest rock art sites in the world, Injalak Hill boasts many galleries, layered with stunning imagery, executed in rich ochre hues. Today, Injalak's artists make authentic art inspired by dreamtime stories, the nearby rock art galleries as well as local plants and animals. Their art practice demonstrates an unbroken link between today’s generation of Kunwinjku people and their ancestors. Many artists work at the centre, making Injalak Arts friendly place to get to know artists and see first-hand how artworks are created.

Injalak Arts’ Shop offers a range of affordable and high-end art in mediums and styles reflective of the ingenuity of Kunwinjku people. Artworks available include paintings on paper and bark, carvings, artefacts - clap sticks, mako (didgeridoos), mimi poles and lorrkons (hollow logs), fibre works - baskets and marebu (pandanus mats) and prints. 

If you would like to go on a hill tour, Injalak Arts run private tours for independent travellers, please visit https://injalak.com/rock-art-tours/ for more information and to book your adventure.

If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can visit Injalak Arts with a tour operator. There are four companies coming out to Injalak Hill
These are: 

Kakadu Cultural Tours - Arnhemlander Cultural & Heritage Cruise: 1800 525 238

Top End Day Tours : 0456 375 264

Lords Safari: 0438808548

Venture North: (08) 8927 5500

If visiting Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) privately, please contact the Northern Lands Council to gain a permit.

Map & Directions

The Border Store, 1 ubirr access road, NT, 0822, Australia

Directions

The Borer Store is an easy 30-minute drive from Jabiru. The road is sealed all the way. The closest place to buy fuel is in Jabiru.

Phone 08 89790190

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Injalak Arts at the Border Store Injalak Arts has some exciting news, we will be opening a pop-up shop at the Border Store in Kakadu National Park, from Wednesday 15 June. Finally, there will be an ethical place to buy authentic Indigenous art in Kakadu National Park! The outlet will sell paintings on bark and paper, weavings and sculpture as well as hand-screen printed fabric lengths. Customers of Injalak Arts at Border Store will be safe in the knowledge that their purchases are contributing to an Indigenous-Owned charitable non-profit organisation. Injalak Arts plays a central role in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists living in remote communities in western Arnhem Land. Injalak Arts is an outstanding example of a community organisation that delivers positive social, economic and cultural outcomes for its members. Other places to buy Indigenous art in Kakadu National Park do not support communities and advocate for artists as Injalak Arts does. Gunbalanya is 12kms away from the Border Store, but COVID-19 has limited the accessibility of communities in Arnhem Land to visitors. The NLC is not issuing recreational permits to visit Arnhem Land this year. You can book tours of rock art sites in Arnhem Land at the Border Store or at this website: https://www.kakaduculturaltours.com.au/index.php/arnhemlander The Border Store is conveniently located near Cahill’s Crossing and Ubirr Rock Art site. Opening times: Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm Email: [email protected]

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