‘Buku-Larrngay’ means the feeling of warmth on your face as it is struck by the first rays of the sun. It tells us that we are in the most easterly place in the Top End of Australia. ‘Mulka’ is a sacred but public ceremony. It also means to hold or protect, to nurture.
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre was established in 1975. It has a long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier art centres and Indigenous culture strongholds. A community owned and operated business, the Centre has its foundations in the Aboriginal community of Yirrkala.
The artists have built up a global reputation for excellence with bark paintings, weaving, sculpture and memorial poles. They regularly win many of Australia’s major Indigenous art prizes. Yirrkala is also internationally acknowledged as the home of the jidaki, the traditional didjeridu.