A unique
cultural experience

A unique
cultural experience

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Merrepen Art Centre:
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Merrepen Arts is a well-established art centre in Nauiyu (Daly River) in Australia's Northern Territory.

The Art Centre has around 130 member artists working in a variety of traditional and contemporary mediums. A number of the most established artists from the region are now recognized on a national level and international level.

Merrepen artists are particularly famous for their textiles and prints and there are a significant group of weavers working in the community. Most of the Art Centre artists are women and they produce screen-prints, batik fabric designs and hand-printed linocut fabric.

Merrepen Arts Aboriginal artist Bradley Parling
Merrepen Arts Aboriginal artist Patricial McTaggart print Billabong
Merrepen Arts Aboriginal artist Patricia McTaggart
Merrepen Arts Aboriginal artist Kieren Karritpul

Paintings

Prints

Fabrics

Silk Painting

Weaving

Ceramics

Visitor Information

Open Weekdays

The Merrepen gallery is open on weekdays from 8.30AM till 5PM. It is generally open all year round but is sometimes closed over the Christmas holidays and when the Merrepen team are working off site.

Getting To Merrepen

Drive to Adelaide River. Turn off to the right after Adelaide River. Follow the signs to Daly River. Merrepen is located in the Aboriginal Community of Nauiyu. The road is bitumen from Darwin. Caution is advised, particularly in the wet season. It is also wise to keep a look out for wandering stock. Better to drive in daylight hours.

Flood Watch

Merrepen was hit by floodwaters in 1998 and again in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019 and though the actual gallery is protected from floodwaters by its second story aspect, situated above peak floodwater levels, it still suffered significant equipment and material loss and associated building damage at ground level.  Flood is a constant threat to the community and the gallery.

No Permit Needed

No permit is required to visit the community.

What You See

The gallery and workshop situated in a tropical garden is currently used for display and sale of art works plus houses MACLAC’s own collection of artefacts, art works and cultural items that have been repatriated to the community.
The gallery also houses a small “knowledge and language centre” where community members are working on repatriating and archiving items of importance to the community and region from the past 100 years. The knowledge centre holds vital recordings and transcripts of stories translated from language to English to be held for future generations.

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Located in Nauiyu Community in the heart of Douglas Daly River Region

Highlights

We have many projects on the go. Here are some of our exhibitions and workshops. See you there.

27 June -1 August

Painting My Country Painting My Culture - Solo Exhibition by Kieren Karritpul - Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Katherine

2020 National Indigenous Art Awards - 5 August

Kieren Karritpul Merrepen artist and arts worker,  has been shortlisted for the 2020 Indigenous Textile Artist of the Year award in the National Indigenous Art Awards. Watch this space

Opens Friday 14 August 6PM

Kieren Karritpul Works on Paper 2020 - Bush Traders, Darwin

Opens 21st August 5.30PM

Merrepen 2020: Phillip Wilson,  Kieren Karritpul,  Carmen Gilbert,  Nola Jimarin,  AnnCarmel Mulvien, Susan Nurra - Tactile Arts, Darwin

22 August

Kieren Karritpul Lino Block Workshop - Tactile Arts

2020 TBC

Darwin Pop Up Exhibition - Darwin

2020 Online

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair