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Some years are bigger than others and 2018 was HUGE for Injalak Arts.

Last Friday afternoon we closed the doors at Injalak Arts for 2018. It's a great time to reflect on what we achieved over the year.  
  • We opened Provenance Arts a brand new 'Bigger than Ben Hur' social enterprise in Darwin 
  • We ran two successful crowdfunding campaigns
  • We published the Injalak Hill Rock Art book
  • We featured in the gorgeous NTG Indigenous Art Trail video
  • We invited 100 friends to an event at AGNSW to learn about Injalak Arts & Provenance Arts
  • We pitched at a leverage event at the Social Impact Investment Summit in Sydney in November 2018
  • New print workshop/archive/cafe - in five short months at the end of 2019 an amazing new  building appeared right next to us.
See highlights of these below but first ...... THANK YOU!


We are so grateful to those of you who responded to our recent e-newsletter asking for support for our crowdfunding campaign for Provenance Arts. From all of us at Injalak Arts/Provenance Arts we send BIG thanks. Some of you pledged and others made direct donations - they were both channelled to the campaign and got us across the line. Thank you letters to donors will go out in 2019 (sorry!)

It was our fourth successful crowdfunding campaign and the first on the Start Some Good platform. Our participation was part of an incredible opportunity to pitch at the Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific. Thanks to the crew at Red Hat Impact who have been so supportive of our entrepreneurialism. 
Here's our short video about Provenance Arts
Donna Nadjamerrek, our chairperson, with Chief Minister Michael Gunner at the opening of Provenance Arts

July 2018 we opened
Provenance Arts in Darwin

We launched Provenance Arts on a lovely dry season afternoon. Chief Minister Michael Gunner did us the honor of opening the space and we were joined by more than 150 people including Minister Lauren Moss, Minister Ken Vowles, our local member Lawrence Costa and the Honorable Luke Gosling.

Grouped photos above: Donna speaking at the opening; Djirrirra Wunungmurra's show opened our exhibition space; Gabriel, Flick, Chief Minister Gunner, Donna, Minister Moss and Isaiah cutting the cake, Gracie Kumbi with her merrepen (sand palm) design window.

Since that day we have been delighted by response to our new venture from tourists, Darwin locals, artists and art centres. We started with 12 art centres and now represent 29! At the same time our product range has grown and we now stock the largest range of Indigenous hand-printed fabrics in Australia! Also bags, cards, homewares, gifts, books, fibre crafts and fine art. Provenance Arts at 55 Stuart Hwy Stuart Park, Darwin traded until 3 pm on Sunday 23 December and will reopen 1st February. on our last day of trade we were visited by lots of lovely Darwin locals who had never been in before. One said "this is fantastic! it's my new favorite shop!!".


See our facebook album of photos from the afternoon.

Provenance Arts is start-up and needs support until it becomes fully fledged. We gratefully accept donations.


New Building at Injalak Arts 

After five long years in the planning we have a nearly finished new building next door to our trusty old art centre. Since 1989 we've grown so much in participation, activity, sales turnover and sheer volume of visitors - yet we've been working from the same, increasingly overcrowded footprint. We're bulging at the seams and it's hard to contain the mess. The new space has three components: a spacious fabric printing workshop that will house a table twice the size of the table we currently print on, a dedicated archive/community heritage hub space and .... a cafe at the east end!!
We cannot thank GT Builders enough for stepping in and taking up a project that had stalled for a couple of years. Their competence, reliability and workmanship is awesome. Big credit to Sylvaris Gumurdul (above) who slogged it out on site for the whole build and learned so much. Also thanks to ABA for part-funding the building. 

Watch our short video update here filmed the two last days we were open in 2019. It features Co-Manager Gabriel Maralngurra and Management Committee members Connie Nayinggul, Kevin Gameraidj and Virgil Nalorlman (who also happens to be a printer and is shown below in the new space). 

. On behalf of the Injalak Arts Management Committee a big thank you to everyone - especially our amazing customers. We couldn't keep going without you!! 

In addition, so many people have worked with us and supported us this year. Special mentions to:
Our on-the-ground staff team: Co-Managers Gabriel Maralngurra and Benson (Isaiah) Nagurrgurrba, NJP workers Andrew Manakgu, Tony Naborhlborhl and Selina Nadjowh, admin and sales staff Kate McGreal, Sophie Lewis-Smith, Alex Ressel, Celia Cox, Kerri Meehan and Theophilus Obiawuchi. Together we wrangled thousands of visitors, direct and online sales and (nearly always) safe dispatch during the dry season.
We also want to acknowledge our amazing Hill Tour guides: Roland, Ezariah, Craig, Isaac, Michael, Joey, Christina, Thommo, Gabriella and our fabric printers Sylvia, Priscilla, Lynne, Merrill, Valmai, Virgil, Reuben, Daniel, Luke and Terrance. Plus our cleaners Gwenyth and Helen. Our offsite team members: Amber Young (design), Jude White (fabric printing) and Scott Welsh (media).
Thanks to our tourism partners Kakadu Cultural Tours, Venture North, Top End Day Tours and Brookes. 
Then there's
our amazing team at Provenance Arts: Frances Grant, Gemma Ingoldby-Craig, Matt Parker, Patricia Puig, Rodriguez Wilson and Jack Bullen. 
Plus, our Cambodian partners: Mee Moeurk (Cross-cultural project facilitator), Thanan Hok, Alan and Spy Man of artisandesigner, Anak and the team at Villageworks and Veasna at Happy Silk. 
We have a huge list of people but want to give special mention  to Alan Cardy (benefactor), Karen Coote (indefatigable advocate for both Injalak Arts and Provenance Arts), Anne Phelan and John Clark, David Muller, Kevin Bray, Liam Maher, Ryan Sage, Scott Welsh, Jude White, Abbie Northwood, Clare Martin, Caroline Olsen, Deb Lockhart, Marcus Schutenko, Rachel Telford, Paul and George Tsougranis of GT Builders, Paul, Cam and David of Red Hat Impact, David McMahon, Lauren (TEDT), Liz Martin, Kathie Rea and Jess Jeeves.
If you've given us a hand over the year and are not on the list - please forgive us - it's been a mad year - plus it's build up in the Top End and our brains are a bit soggy. 
From the Mentor Manager and Management Committee of Injalak Arts.... it's Mah Boh Boh from us until 2019

Injalak Arts will be closed for six weeks from 15th December until 29th January. Our Etsy Shop (fabric, homewares, mats and accessories) and web store (original paintings and prints) will be in holiday mode during this time. You will be able to browse but no purchases will be sent until end of January.

We are represented by Blue Thumb however stock will not be dispatched until we return from holidays.

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