The Arnott’s Biscuits Collection of Aboriginal Bark Paintings

The Arnott’s Biscuits Collection of Aboriginal Bark Paintings comprises 275 bark paintings donated to the MCA in June 1993 by Arnott’s Biscuits Limited. The collection features works from the 1960s through to the early 1980s by important artists from the creative hubs in and around Groote Eylandt, Yirrkala, Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island), Milingimbi, Maningrida, Ramingining, Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Wadeye (Port Keats) and the Tiwi islands; places still significant today for their ongoing contribution to contemporary Aboriginal art practice. The collection is widely considered to be one of the most important collections of bark paintings in the country.

The Maningrida Collection, the Ramingining Collection and the Arnott’s Collection are three remarkable collections of Aboriginal art which complement one another, and came to the Museum because of its commitment and involvement with the Aboriginal communities, and a curatorial perspective from ‘within’ the communities in the case of the two closely related areas of Ramingining and Maningrida.

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Image: installation view, Volume One: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012, Image courtesy and © the artists and artists’ estates, Photo: Paul Green