Aboriginal art today commands high prices and collections are seen in galleries all over the world. Katherine's art galleries offer the chance to discover the stunning range of works, and also to see and hear stories about the work as it is produced. These galleries aim to nurture emerging talent and ethically promote Aboriginal art; so much of the revenue goes back into the community or to facilities for local resident artists.
Art and crafts
As well as selling a range of art, jewellery and artefacts, the Ghunmarn Culture Centre in the Aboriginal community of Beswick (Wugularr) has a permanent collection of culturally and historically important work on display. Back in town, work from the Ghurnarn Centre is also displayed at the Djilpin Art Gallery. The Top Didj Art gallery stocks pieces by local Jawoyn, Warlpiri and Dagoman Aboriginal artists, as well as artwork from Arnhem Land, the Central Western Desert, and even areas in Western Australia. Many didgeridoos, artefacts and paintings are produced on the premises and sold and sent on to clients all over the world.
Stories and support
Aboriginal owned-and-operated art gallery Mimi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts offers a broad range of traditional and contemporary art styles. It also provides a supportive environment for local artists, many of whom interact and tell stories of their history and heritage to visitors. Fifty percent of revenue from artworks sold goes to artists, while the remaining proceeds run the art centre.
Located in a beautiful bush setting on the way to Katherine Gorge, the Top Didj and Art Gallery offers a large range of didgeridoos and artwork, as well as a chance to participate in a cultural experience lead by indigenous artists from the Katherine and Red Centre Regions. Browse artworks, share stories and get lessons on local painting techniques by indigenous artists.