Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre established for women of the Western Desert art movement.

Ikuntji Artists

Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement. Already in the 1980s women began painting in Haasts Bluff in the aged care facility. They had been instructed by their husbands and fathers, and they had often assisted them in completing their paintings. By the early 1990s these women artists decided to pursue setting up their own art centre.

Ikuntji Artists was first established in 1992, after a series of workshops, and under the influence of the then community president, the late Esther Jugadai. The art centre was initially set up to fulfil the role of women’s centre providing services such as catering for old people and children in the community. After first experiences made in printing T-shirts, the artists began producing acrylic paintings on linen and handmade paper, which quickly gained the attention of the Australian and international art world as well as earning the centre an impressive reputation for fine art. The focus changed from a women’s centre to an art centre in 2005 with the incorporation of the art centre as Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation.

Today Ikuntji Artists are represented in many national and international galleries and institutions. Their art is famous for bold colour choice, decisive brush strokes and a long legacy of internationally renowned artists.

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14:55 27 Sep 23
The best Art Shops in the NT. Unique art and products made directly for the art store. I visited the art center last week and bought a limited edition coffee cup only sold in person at the center. Bonus is the drive out to Haast Bluff where the center is located. Also worth the trip as the community recently erected a mammoth cross on Memory Mountain just outside of Haast Bluff
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Roaming Bush Barbie
06:55 28 Mar 23
Thank you! Chrischona & the admin team from Ikuntji Artists. My order arrived in Singapore promptly. I now own a unique piece of beautiful Lake Mackay-Selleck shirt by artist Zakius Jack. Proudly wore it to National Gallery Singapore exhibition: Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia. A fitting tribute to works and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture.
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01:10 25 Sep 22
What an experience, apparently one of the worst roads in Australia to drive on and it definitely felt that way, so be prepared, its a tough drive, but I really wanted some fabric and I and my husband were determined to make it happen. Chrischona was full of information and was very happy to chat with me about the fabulous artists and the wonderful things they are doing to promote this beautiful art to the world.What an experience, something we will remember forever and I can’t wait to create a beautiful piece of clothing from my Alice Nampitjinpa rock holes fabric!
Michelle Wellstead
Michelle Wellstead
11:05 22 Jul 22
Friendly, helpful, efficient. Definitely recommend.
Emma Brown
Emma Brown
07:57 30 Jun 22
Every day the artwork I bought from Ikuntji Artists brings me joy. Explore the art centre and website!
CHARNELLE MONDY
CHARNELLE MONDY
06:24 08 Oct 21
Ikuntji Artists were helpful and easy to work with to get the chosen art work shipped to me. The artist has created an amazing piece and I'm proud to display it. You will not be disappointed with their selection and their service. ''Yalka at Karinyarra" -
Sarah Kienker
Sarah Kienker
00:58 21 Sep 21
Beautiful work. Highly recommend.
Cate Rayson
Cate Rayson
03:21 10 Sep 21
I am a huge fan of this Ikuntiji Artists and cannot get enough of their artwork. My sofa is covered in their cushions and a blanket and I now have three artworks on my walls. The art centre is also great to deal with. You won't be disappointed if you choose to support this not-for-profit art centre.
Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith
20:35 11 Aug 21
I was given a metre of Rockholes fabric as a present but it was too beautiful to cut up! I had it stretched on a frame and now it hangs in our hallway. The lively colours and shapes make me happy whenever I walk past.
Rai Small
Rai Small
09:48 21 Sep 20
The art work and the people 💙❤️💛🖤
Catherine Sweeney
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04:15 05 Jun 20
The best art and fabric designs at DAAF in 2019 in my opinion! ❤️ it!
Nicole Wheeler
Nicole Wheeler
10:27 23 Sep 19
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Romino Stochino
21:37 11 Mar 19
Tim Brown
Tim Brown
12:28 02 Jan 19
Very Beautiful
Yo recomiendo que visiten y compren todo este arte tan hermoso felicitaciones.
Super Kunst und sehr freundliches Team - kann ich wärmstens empfehlen !
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Bartosz Szczodrowski
Bartosz Szczodrowski
16:57 14 Jun 18
Incred artists. Love the story telling through art. Very talented.
Ollie ONeill
Ollie ONeill
14:10 22 Apr 18
Such gorgeous art and artists! I love seeing your posts.
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Tahnee Passmore Barns
11:29 07 Apr 18
Bobby Martin
Bobby Martin
09:01 14 Dec 17
saw Eunice' exquisite work on fb oh my goodness she can paint!!!
Joanna Lark Gooding
Joanna Lark Gooding
07:56 09 Jun 17
Kieran Satour
Kieran Satour
05:42 02 Feb 17
It a great page I love the painting that these talented people do
Lenore Byrne
Lenore Byrne
21:53 18 Jan 17
Having visited Ikuntji with a group of university art history students we had a truly wonderful opportunity to learn and share. The artists' love for their work, culture and country shines through. Can't wait to go back.
Michelle Vett
Michelle Vett
05:15 29 Oct 16
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Clay Mcfarlane
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Patricia Multa paints the bush seeds that come from the ininti tree (batwinged coral tree). The tree is native to the Western Desert of Central Australia, growing in sand around creek beds. The ininti grow abundantly in Muruntji country where the artist has spent much time collecting the seeds. Muruntji is west of Kungkayunti (Browns Bore), the outstation where the artist’s family is from. Both Patricia Multa, and her daughter Virgillia Multa paint the ininti at Muruntji, expressing the colours and movement of the ininti tree and its seeds and flowers throughout the seasons. Patricia remembers collecting the seeds when she was a child and making them into necklaces. The seeds can be found in the sand, or inside the pods still on the trees. The seeds naturally grow in varying colours from dark reds to light yellows. The flowers are equally vibrant, ranging from rich oranges into reds. Ininti are still collected today and made into jewellery at Ikuntji Artists. ...

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Daphne was passed down the right to paint the Yalka Tjukurrpa at Karrkurutinytja (Bush onion dreaming at Lake Macdonald) from her grandmother, Narputta Nangala Jugadai. Narputta, who was a founding member of Ikuntji art centre and a prolific painter, was born close to this sight.
Daphne says,
“My grandmother, Narputta used to make that painting. She told me that story. I used to work here (Ikuntji Women’s Centre) as a cook. I came to learn here. I saw my grandma painting. I learnt from her. She told me that story…Yalka…Bush food…For a long time those old ladies have been looking for Yalka, digging for Yalka, taking the fruit, cooking it in the fire. We cook them just a little bit, like Maku (witchetty grub). I have been looking for that Yalka with my grandmother.”
Yalka Tjukurrpa, as told by Narputta,
“Creek bed at Karrkurutinytja. Two old women, two Nungurrayi, came across from Pulpa and started Gathering bush  onions, putting them into coolamons. They went on a journey west. They approached a group of men and watched them, whilst hiding in the bushed at Pimarrpa (Soakage near Kiwirrkura). There was another lady, Alkiljarra Nakamarra, who came along on their tracks. She saw them where they had gathered bush onions. She became upset that they’d gathered them all up and there were none left. The Nakamarra started walking and came across the creek, where she started collecing mungilpa (a staple seed food for the Pintupi people).  She came across two Tjangalas (Mungilnga and Tiwilgna). Next to them was a rockhole and Atjakalya Nakamarra, who was making damper for them. Mungilnga had the smaller damper. The two Tjangalas ate their damper then she flew off and became a rock there at Kuruyultu.”
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