‘The Mulluwurri Museum: Rediscovering, preserving and sharing cultural knowledge at Jilamara Arts and Craft’
Jilamara Arts and Craft, Tiwi, NT, 27 May 2014
A fourth mini-workshop was held at Jilamara Arts and Craft on Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, with a focus on digital archiving and community collections. Community collections are a priority for Aboriginal Art Centres, as most communities wish to preserve the traditional knowledge associated with art works and artefacts produced.
This knowledge relates to skills and knowledge associated with organic and inorganic materials science as well as cultural stories. Jilamara Arts and Craft houses an impressive community collection in the Mulluwurri Museum, which was opened in 2012.
The workshop focused on three topics: the revival of traditional Pandanus skirt weaving, the repatriation of collections from the National Museum of Australia, and cleaning art works and preparing them for storage. 30 Indigenous artists and 2 conservators participated in the workshop.