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Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre

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Gibb River Road, Derby, Western Australia 6728, Australia
+61 8 9191 1008
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

This appears one of the few aboriginal art centra where you are allowed to make some pictures, and getting a short explanation from the guide. In most other centres or shops this is prohibited. Such does not really promote the art.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank huys25
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Wow what an impressive building & set up in a fairly remote place. Obviously this has had a lot of thought & $$ go into it & thankfully it seems to be well used by the local indigenous people. Their paintings for sale are wonderful...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Apart from the small but well-presented display of art (mainly local/traditional themes), there is a display about local history and culture. Best of all, the live festivals and shows. We went to 2, the larger of which being Mowanjum Festival. This included workshops for all...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JohnH5418
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Or more correctly Wandjina .... a lovely selection of spooky eyed depictions. Also loved that there was a range of price points and the wood block prints were a great addition to representation of aboriginal imagery. On the downside, management needs to lift its game....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JJMayburg
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Aboriginal Art centres can be hard to get to. This one is not. It is the heartland of the Wandjina dreaming. There is ethically sourced art for sale and the centre supports existing and emerging artists from the tribes of the area. We timed our...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The cultural centre gives a wonderful insight into the aboriginal culture in the area and their beliefs. I would recommend viewing the short video first which explains the art and what it represents, the wanjina (hope I spelled that correctly). The staff there are great,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BigPoppaPauley
Reviewed 5 May 2018

If you are doing the Gibb River Rd or Derby or Broome you must visit Mowunjum. It is an Aboriginal owned art centre built in the shape of a Wandjina. The artists are custodians to the Wandjina spirits this is reflected in their art work....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MsCulture
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Disappointed as really wanted to check this place out: The website said open: the door & gate said open: BUT no one in & no the lights werent on: gave them 30 mins after said opening hrs but needed to be on the road so...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Restless59
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We were impressed by the well maintained Art Gallery and the quality of the paintings on display. I was tempted to purchase but have nowhere to display. The short film on the history of the people was very interesting and informative

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Lyn R
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Was told to visit this with the promise it was on bitumen & close to town. It was excellent. The art centre had a short film in the cinema which was very good and explained some of the recent history of the areas indigenous peoples....More

Date of experience: September 2017
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