‘Producing and Caring for Bark Paintings’
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, NT, 14-16 May 2013
The first workshop was hosted by Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, Northeast Arnhem Land in May 2013. It brought together 13 conservators from significant museums and galleries across Australia and over 30 Aboriginal artists from Art Centres in Arnhem Land. Together, they shared their knowledge on the harvesting, production and conservation of cultural objects made from barks, Pandanus, dyes and ochres. The highlight of this workshop was learning from the traditional masters about how bark is stripped off the trees and prepared as a canvas for bark paintings. ANKAAA Chairman Djambawa Marawili, AM and Buku Chairman Yinimala Gumana took leading roles in this.