Maningrida Artists

Maningrida Artists


Maningrida Arts & Culture is one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal artist’s co-operatives.

It concentrates on the marketing of traditional and contemporary arts, including bark paintings, wooden sculpture, fibre craft, prints and items of material culture.

Both traditional and non-traditional work from Maningrida has a reputation for quality, innovation, vibrancy and diversity.

This is attributed to the cultural diversity of the Aboriginal people of the eight different language groups living in the Maningrida Township and in the 34 outstations.

Given its reputation, interest in and demand for work from Maningrida is high.

Artworks are represented in major galleries, museums and other public institutions, nationally and internationally.

Private collectors are in regular contact with the centre and currently we deal with some 40 commercial galleries in Australia and overseas.

The coastal town of Maningrida has a population of 2600 and lies on the estuary of the Liverpool River, located approximately 400 km east of Darwin in North East Arnhem Land.

The Kunibídji people are the traditional landowners of this country.

The name Maningrida is an Anglicised version of the Kunibídji name Manayingkarírra, which comes from the phrase ’Mane djang karirra’, meaning ’the place where the dreaming changed shape’.