Martumili Artists

2012 finalist

Established in 2006, Martumili Artists represents artists from seven Martu communities in the East Pilbara region. Martumili Artists has become a high profile, nationally recognised arts enterprise, providing services and opportunities to more than 300 artists. The rapid growth and achievements of Martumili are emblematic of the artistic and creative energy—combined with the entrepreneurship of Martu people—in growing a highly valued, culturally appropriate organisation.

“Martumili has become a cross cultural means for exploring the importance of the Martu worldview to the larger society, and for demonstrably reinforcing this to the wider Australian community. Martumili is an extraordinary organisation. It is governed well, led well and structured well. It engenders extraordinary commitment from its artists, its staff and its stakeholders.”

Mike Dillon, Deputy Secretary, FaHCSIA and IGA judge

“Paintings show the next generation—keep culture strong. Young people need to know where the Country is, where the waterholes are, to follow the paintings.”

Martumili Artists, Martumili Artists Business Plan 2011-2013.