NAIDOC Week

11th Jul 2019 • Enrichment

To commemorate NAIDOC Week (7-14 July 2019) we have put together a list of various Indigenous designers, artists and creators; plus some of the businesses and individuals supporting them around Australia.


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We encourage you to read more about each of these designs and the various initiatives making a positive impact.

WILLIE WESTON / ZENITH INTERIORS

Willie Weston works with Indigenous artists to create wallpapers and fabrics; supporting communities and the continuance of art production across remote Australia.

Zenith Interiors are currently promoting a new Willie Weston fabric collection on their Wes Armchair designed by Tom Fereday [pictured left].

<<<<<<<<<<< [Featured Left: Wes Armchair available from Zenith]

KOSKELA

Koskela believe that great design can be used to effect social change. They have a relationship with over 20 Indigenous owned and run art centres throughout Australia and are committed to preserving and promoting ethical trade in Indigenous art. Koskela is a registered member of the Indigenous Art Code. Find out more about their social impact here.

WATER YULUDARLA COLLECTION [Featured Right] >>>>>>>>>>>

A captivating collaboration between Milliken-Ontera, the National Aboriginal Design Agency and Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance; the Water Yuludarla carpet collection is a modern take on artwork by Gumbaynggirr artist, Brentyn Lugnan. Brentyn’s artwork is currently inspired by his home town of Urunga and the Bellinger Valley, where his family is traditionally from. The Water Yuludarla collection features six designs signifying a connection to both the land and people of the Urunga region – past , present and future:

1. Yildaan (Dreaming Track)

2. Guunu (Life)

3. Bindarray (River)

4. Guluuna (Rain);

5. Mayala (Moving)

6. Jagun (Birthplace)

MANAPAN FURNITURE

The word manapan means together. Manapan is a self-funded and self-sufficient enterprise owned and operated by the Yolngu people (the traditional custodians of Arnhem Land). The enterprise is supported by the largest employer of Aboriginal people in Australia, ALPA. Manapan provides work experience programs for the students of the local school, building on the students’ skills, talents and interests. View some of their bespoke furniture pieces here.

<<<[Featured Left: Fossil Coffee Table designed by Liz Doube and manufactured by Manapan]

MOSSENSON GALLERIES

Mossenson Galleries was founded as 'Indigenart' in 1993 by Diane Mossenson and her husband Dan. The gallery is located in Perth and exhibits both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists. Diane has worked as a mentor and advisor to artists, and facilitated major commissions and overseas projects, helping to steer fulfilling careers and opportunities.

Featured artists include Betty Bundamurra, Lucy Ward, Josephine Napurrula to name a few.

KIDOGO ARTHOUSE

In recognition of NAIDOC Week, the Budadee Foundation and the National Trust of Western Australia are supporting the Irrungadji women as feature artists in residence at Kidogo Arthouse (Fremantle, WA) this weekend 13-14 July 2019 from 10am - 2pm. Meet the artists and discover how these beautiful intricate pieces come to life.

Artworks by Irrungadji artists will be available for purchase. For location and contact details click here.

[Featured Right >>>>>>>>>>> Irrungadji Artist]

There are community events taking place across Australia to commemorate NAIDOC Week. Find out what is happening here.