The Maningrida Collection of Aboriginal Art

The Maningrida Collection of Aboriginal Art consists of approximately 600 works in fibre and other materials by Maningrida artists. The Collection is held in trust for the people of Maningrida on a long-term basis under a unique cultural agreement. The works were all created in the mid-to-late 1980s, and made, for the most part by women, revealing their ingenuity and ability to maintain strong links with the past, while at the same time incorporating new ideas and materials. Some traditional pieces – such as dragnets, fish traps and hunting bags – have been produced collectively by men and women.

The Maningrida Collection, together with 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.

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