Images of prints: Title/area Kulama by Conrad Kamilowra Tipungwuti 56 x 76cm natural ochre on paper. Title/area Yirrinkiripwoja Pedro Wonaeamirri 75 x 56cm sugarlift & aquatint etching

QG&W are incredibly honored to have signed an official agreement directly with the Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association (JACA) which now permits the gallery to exhibit and sell the artists’ magnificent Tiwi works.

Established in 1989 JACA is owned and governed by Tiwi artists from Milikapiti community on Melville Island. Jilamara artists are nationally and internationally renowned for their unique, traditional Tiwi style. They produce contemporary works based on ceremonial body painting designs, clan totems and Tiwi creation stories.

Artwork by Jilamara artists are held in major collections around the world including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Commonwealth Institute (UK), Gantner Myer Collection (Aus), Wesfarmers Collection (Aus), Gordon & Marilyn Darling Collection (Aus), Levi-Kaplan Collection (USA), The British Museum (UK), Utrecht Aboriginal Art Museum (NL), Musée du quai Branly (Fr) and The Israel Museum (Il).

Artists’ consigned are; Barbara Puruntatameri, Chris Black, Colleen Freddy, Conrad Tipungwuti Kamilowra, Dino Wilson, Dymphna Kerinaiua, Geraldine Pilakui, Glen Farmer Illortaminni Tjipomurrayl, Janice Murray Pungautiji, Jimmy Mungatopi, Johnathon Bush, Kaye Brown, Kenny Brown, Mary Magdalene Tipungwuti, Michelle Woody, Nicholas Mario, Pamela Brooks, Pauletta Kerinaiua (JNR), Pedro Wonaeamirri, Pius Tipungwuti, Raelene Kerinauia Lampuwatu, Timothy Cook and Tina Patlas. The artists use the mediums of sugar lift aquatint, etching, lithography, screenprint, and ochres on paper. Some ironwood birds will also be arriving in the coming months.

QG&W directors first heard of the Jilamara community through Australian Print Workshop’s (APW) master printer, Martin King. During the morning’s local cafe conversation Martin mentioned he had assisted the Tiwi artists acquire a printing press and had conducted the first printmaking workshop at the Art Centre.

APW have not only been a huge inspiration to QG&W but a place where strong friendships were formed. These connections continue to weave their way between us and help enhance the representation for Australian printmaking.

We extend a huge thank you to Jackie Hocking, JACA Manager (previously APW) for helping form this agreement which in turn now helps QG&W fulfil their goal of exhibiting the works of Australian printmakers.

Artworks will be online soon.