About Us

Yalanji Arts presents hand crafted contemporary and traditional fine art and craft works celebrating culture and the deep respect, knowledge and connection to the richly diverse rainforest and ocean environments of Kuku Yalanji Country.

Yalanji Artists with their completed works at the IACA facilitated arts development workshop for the Belonging Exhibition
Yalanji Artists with their completed works at the IACA facilitated arts development workshop for the Belonging Exhibition, Image IACA © Edwina Circuit

 Located in Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community, on the border of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku (BBN) Aboriginal Corporations’ Yalanji Arts Indigenous art centre nurtures and develops artists to showcase culture and generate individual and community growth. Fostered through artistic expression Yalanji Arts envisages an empowered, united, proud and sustainable community. Yalanji Arts provides support and advocacy for local artists, assisting in development through ongoing training and marketing. 
BBN and Yalanji Arts are located in the Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community (The Gorge), situated on Eastern Kuku Yalanji Country on the border of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, approximately 70km north of Cairns. Eastern Kuku Yalanji County stretches from Black Mountain in the north, along the coastal plain to Mowbray in the south.

ARTWORK

Yalanji Arts wholesales and retails a range of quality artwork, products and merchandise informed by traditional Yalanji culture and the environment. The artists endeavour to develop a contemporary and expressive approach to articulating their ideas. Some mediums that our artists work with include:

  • Ceramic works handmade and fired onsite at Yalanji Arts including pinch pots, vases, wall plaques and more!
  • Acrylic paintings using fine quality paints and linen canvas – all canvases are stretched and prepped onsite and paints are mixed with natural pigments and ochres from the earth, to create a unique colour palette and texture; deeply connected to country 
  • Traditional artefacts and contemporary wood work creations 
  • Hand dyed and screen printed fabrics and textiles – including cushions, tea-towels, t-shirts and fabric lengths, with new products always being developed

High quality contemporary and traditional pieces of work are available through our onsite gallery and upcoming exhibitions. 

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ARTISTS

Yalanji Arts has a great crew of new, emerging and established artists exploring a variety of mediums, refining their art-making, technical skills and conceptual ideas whilst raising their profiles through group and solo exhibitions. 

Our artists

Yalanji Arts Arts Shed at Mossman Gorge Community, Image Yalanji Arts ©
Yalanji Arts Arts Shed at Mossman Gorge Community, Image Yalanji Arts ©
Mossman River at Mossman Gorge Community, Image Yalanji Arts ©
Mossman River at Mossman Gorge Community, Image Yalanji Arts ©

When you come into our community you see that big mountain. We call it Manjal Dimbi. If you look at the rocks on that mountain, you can see that goanna, kangaroo, cassowary and echidna. You also see the good spirit Kubirri…

Aspects & Images of Kuku Yalanji Life at Mossman Gorge by CJ Fischer & Bella Ross-Kelly
Yalanji Arts ceramics ready to fire in the kiln - Various Artists 2019 Image Yalanji Arts ©
Yalanji Arts ceramics ready to fire in the kiln - Various Artists 2019 Image Yalanji Arts ©

Our Mission

Nurture and develop Indigenous artists to showcase Yalanji culture and to generate growth in individuals and the community as a whole.

Our Vision

An empowered united, proud and sustainable community, fostered through the artistic expression of Yalanji culture.

Best Practice Art Centre 

Yalanji Arts is a Dealer Member signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, a member of Arts Law: Artists in the Black, a member of the Copyright Agency and a member of the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance.

Sponsorship and Funding Support

Yalanji Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. Yalanji Arts receives financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland Backing Indigenous Arts initiative and is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.