Lying at the edge of a flood plain, 10 km from the East Alligator River and the border of Kakadu National Park, the town of Gunbalanya is home to Injalak Arts.
Just across the water is Injalak Hill, a sacred site home to paintings laid down for generations by the forebears of the artists presented here. In a country adorned with some of the world’s most extraordinary rock art, West Arnhem Land must surely be the epicentre of this great tradition. For tens of millennia, the Bininj people have painted on the sandstone walls of the Arnhem Plateau and its outlying hills. Today, this tradition continues, making it man’s oldest extant art form.
Injalak Arts: Works on Paper from West Arnhem Land, is the debut international exhibition from this important cultural centre. We thank the artists of Gunbalanya, and the Bininj people, for sharing their Djang with us and for their careful and continued stewardship of the beautiful country in West Arnhem Land.