Munupi Arts & Crafts Association is located along Melville Islands north-western coastline at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) and is the most recently formed art centre on the Tiwi Islands.
In 1990 the Yikikini Women’s Centre and Pirlangimpi Pottery were incorporated under the name Munupi Arts and Crafts Association, giving local artists an opportunity to proudly celebrate Tiwi culture through both traditional and contemporary mediums.
Drawing inspiration from their natural lush environment and Tiwi creation stories, Munupi artists employ ochres, gouache and acrylic paint.
Munupi Arts and Crafts are also highly regarded for the diversity of their range of works including painting, pottery, carving, weaving, screen prints, etchings, linocut prints, lithographs and screen printed textiles.
Dancing, or yoi, is a part of everyday life on the Tiwi islands.
It plays an important role in ceremonial events and are performed to reflect everyday life or historical events.
Natural earth pigments, or ochres, which are traditionally used to paint their bodies for ceremonies, are the foundation of modern Tiwi art today.
Eddie Puruntatameri was the first president of Munupi Arts and Crafts.
He had worked at Tiwi Pottery at Nguiu for many years until he moved to Pirlangimpi in late 1983 and set up a pottery workshop in the community.
The first major works at Munupi were several large mural panels, which were placed around the community at Pirlangimpi Airport, the Council Office, Pirlangimpi Pottery and at the Women’s Centre.
In October 1990, the art centre held its first exhibition in Darwin, featuring painted furniture, paintings, limited edition prints and terracotta pots.
Munupi artists have continued to exhibit and participate in workshops both within Australia and internationally ever since..