Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association

Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, established in 1989 at Milikapiti, lies just back from Shark Bay, itself full of life, on Melville Island.

Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu Kitty Kantilla, 'Untitled', 650 x 330 mm, Work on paper - Lithograph, © The Artist & Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Palya Art Catalogue N° PALYA-0905

Separated from Bathurst Island – the two making Tiwi Islands – Melville Island is separated by the Apsley Straight to the west, a tidal, meandering, crocodile busy seaway.

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‘Jilamara’, meaning ‘design’, is owned by a committed group of artists who paint on canvas, paper and bark in natural earth pigments. Body design, ceremonial ‘business’ and the work of carving which includes Pukumani Poles for funeral rites, making of spears, birds, fish and spirit forms, are part of normal life.

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