Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
Mangkaja Arts began in Fitzroy Crossing in the mid-1980s, in a tin-and-cement shed, from which the artists took their name (mangkaja is the term for a traditional wet weather shelter). Mangkaja’s early training and exhibitions program created wide interest, and in 1991 a landmark show, Karrayili: Ten Years On, was held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide. Mangkaja is an Aboriginal-owned and -governed art centre, run by a board of directors, with representatives from each of four language groups. Fitzroy Crossing is the traditional Country of Bunuba people; the Country of their Gooniyandi neighbours lies to the east, and Walmajarri and Wangkajunga people come from the Great Sandy Desert in the south. Mangkaja’s vivid style, born of this rich intersection of cultures, has attracted global attention.