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If you’re on the hunt for gifts that are original, beautiful and sure to score you some major brownie points this Christmas, head along to the Munupi Art Christmas Art Sale.

By Tierney Seccull

Based in Pirlangimpi Community on Melville Island on the Tiwis, Munupi Arts returns to Larrakia Country for their much-anticipated one-week pop-up market, this year selling goods from the shipping container pop-up in The Quarter at Casuarina Square.

With a range of creative works up for grabs, you’re sure to find something special for your someone special.

“We offer a few carvings and a few paintings on barks, but mostly beautiful paintings on canvas and linen. There’s beautiful work from over 30 artists on offer, just come and spend your money,” laughs Munupi Arts Manager Guy Allain.

It’s been a big year for the Art Centre, this pop-up just one of six commitments before the end of the year. This includes an appearance at Tarnanthi in Adelaide last month, a market stall at the Tactile Arts Christmas Maker’s Market this month, and an exhibition at Cooee Art Leven in Sydney.

“The year has been pretty good, very busy! We had a really good annual show in Darwin in August, and some good shows throughout the year. It’s been really exciting,” Guy says.

There’s a new face manning the fort at this year’s pop-up as incoming co-manager, Dash Allain (also Guy’s daughter) is set to join the ranks next year to share the management position with her sister. She’s joined by one of the Munupi artists, the Art Centre always prioritising travel with artists.

Someone excited to have her work on display in Larrakia Country is Carol Puruntatameri, who has been a painter at Munupi Arts since 2010.

“We feel good and proud to be able to share our artwork and culture with the people in Darwin. While we are neighbour, it is difficult for people to visit us in Melville Island,” she says. 

“We are very happy to be able to come to Casuarina and meet Darwin people there – I hope that people will come and meet us and see our works.”

The Munupi Art Christmas Art Sale

Thumbnail, header & inset: Lidwina (Nina) Tepomitari, 'Kulama Design' (detail), 120x180cm

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