Narrangunny Art Traders. ‘Supporting Independent Aboriginal Artists Since 1988’
In many years of living and working in Western Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions, Maxine and Terry have formed many good relationships with artists who prefer to have a degree of independence in marketing their very own works.
One of their first ventures together was a successful restaurant / gallery in the Port of Wyndham, in the East Kimberley, a period which saw the birth of some of these relationships.
Prior to that Maxine owned and ran a hotel in the Pilbara, where she was a spokesperson for the local Iriganji language group[, and Rover Thomas’s Martu people, from the Central Desert.
Setting up health committees and meeting with politicians were but some of her duties.
During that time Maxine refused to stock wine of any sort, or sell bottled product.
Warmun / Turkey Creek
We were well respected through our Wyndham Gallery, and many strong relationships with East Kimberley artists were formed.
It was an unforgettable moment, with Elder Jack Britten* driving the battered old yellow Frog Hollow Toyota pickup, Hector Tjandany (Chunda)*, in the middle, (we don’t know where he put those long legs), and the slight frame of Henry Wambini*.
As they approached we received our ‘call to duty’ from this delegation of elders, who had been experiencing some unsavoury transactions when attempting to market their art work privately.
After gaining unanimous Council approval, our first assignment was to manage the busy, but mismanaged, community-owned Turkey Creek Roadhouse, adjacent to the major Community.
Large amounts of artwork was presented to us to market in an appropriate way.
After a successful period of management, we were invited, by Council, to move to the Community proper, and establish the first Art Centre there.
We lived in the old Post Office building, which also served as the Centre.
The un-funded centre thrived for two years, until community administration sought to make changes to existing arrangements.
What we’ve about, is supporting Aboriginal artists whose main wish is to be considered independent.
Their wishes are our commands, and the product is entirely their own work.