Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong, and it draws on strong influences of aboriginal art history. After long and cautious observation of other desert artists’ experiences of the art market.
The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area.
Martumili Artists have decided to close the Newman art gallery and studio for the current time, as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19. We have also halted travel to remote Martu communities. We’ll be supporting artists to work from home- making materials packs and dropping to artists homes, sending materials on the mail plane to the remote communities. We are acutely aware that remote indigenous communities are vulnerable during this time and want to do our bit to protect artists, families, elders.
Business as usual behind closed doors for the staff, we’ll be making artworks available online throughout the week.
Look after each other you mob.