Tiwi Island Art


The Tiwi Islands are situated above Darwin (named after Charles Darwin who stopped there on board The Beagle. Darwin was previously known as Palmerson). Darwin is the capital of The Northern Territory in Australia. The two islands that comprise The Tiwi Islands are Bathurst Island and Melville Island and both are found in The Arafura Sea.


The artwork of the people can be recognised by it’s strong colours – browns, reds, yellows, white and black and variations of linear forms including cross hatching. This style is known as Raak painting.

The 4 different examples of Tiwi Art included here are the traditional Burial Totems; a school mural; the decorated building that houses Ngaruwanajirri Artist Co-operative and the Mission Church.

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