Meebulu Arts – Kimberley Creativity
Meebulu Arts is a blossoming project making the transition from its early days as a CDEP Project into the commercial marketplace.
The goal is to build a business to underpin the successful activities of what was the EKCDEP Women’s Art Group and the Men’s Art Group, shifting them from under the auspices of FaHCSIA and CDEP funding and making them into an autonomous and sustainable enterprise.
The groups have evolved a unique style, through which the men and women express their own individual connection to county and spirit. Together they are creating high quality art and craft products, ranging from fabric to furnture and gift items to high-end gallery quality artistic pieces.
While some of the group members have been participants since in 2008, the groups have grown over time and provided support and inspiration for many more. Some have left because other responsibilities or opportunities have arisen, while others have become enthusiastic new members.
The Meebulu group is now a well established part of the Kununurra community and some of the men and women are on the verge of becoming nationally and perhaps internationally recognised as commercial artists.
The group’s ambition to become a self funded micro-industry stepped up a notch in 2012 following a successful visit to Maningrida in north-central Arnhem Land, where the Babbarra group have been running a highly regarded textile block printing project, making it a viable model to emulate.
The Kununurra women and staff also attended the Darwin Indigenous Art Fair where samples of work were well received, the women were able to see the quality of work being exhibited and a range of networking opportunities were explored.
There have also been two exhibitions of the women’s work; one at Kimberley TAFE in July 2011 attended by 150 people and the other in September 2012 at EKCDEP’s newly completed workspace, attended by over 300 people. Sales and orders were significant and there has been a large amount of positive community feedback. Artworks by the women were also exhibited in the Kimberley Art Prize exhibition in Derby in 2012, resulting in the sale of a number of pieces.
In addition, the group scooped a total of six awards at the Kununurra Agricultural Show, with every group member who entered taking home at least one prize or commendation. Then Freight Gallery DADAA in Fremantle invited members of the group to submit five pieces of art each for an exhibition in May 2013 called Fingers and Petals. The artwork was also displayed at the Main St Gallery in Ellenbrook. These achievements demonstrate the maturity of the artwork now being produced.
The Meebulu team is committed to treating others with respect and dignity, appreciating individual, cultural and national diversity. We work as a team, constantly striving to redefine the standard of excellence in everything we do and we are committed to continuous improvement.
Meebulu means 'us mob' in Kimberley Kriol. It's art that expresses the vision of the Kimberley's first people.For information about Meebulu or EKCDEP
Contact 08 9168 3448