The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre is a creative hub for the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes, who make up the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia.
These three language groups are united by their belief in the Wandjina as a sacred spiritual force and the creators of the land. They are the custodians of Wandjina law and iconography.
In the gallery space, visitors can view and purchase artworks from established and emerging artists from the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes, including Donny Woolagoodja, Sandra Mungulu and Cecilia Umbagai.
Opened in 2021, the museum is an important storytelling space offering an immersive and interactive experience to visitors. On display is the historic Selsmark Collection of dance totems, costumes and musical instruments, crafted by senior Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunambal men and women in the 1970's, as well as significant objects from the Mowanjum Collection.
Entry is by gold coin donation, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
The centre hosts exhibitions, workshops and community projects, as well as the annual Mowanjum Festival, one of Australia's longest running indigenous cultural festivals.
Each year in July the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre hosts the Mowanjum Festival, sharing the vibrant, living culture of the Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal peoples.