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Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation (GCAAC) officially opened in June 2009 and artists, renowned for their fibre work and traditional carving and painting skills, obtained a space to call their own. According to fibre artist and local school principal, Shirley Nirrpurranydji, it has had a major positive impact.
The first exhibition titled Ngurrungu Yolnguwung Mala Djaamapuy featured works from twenty artists, including Dolly Dhimburra Bidinga who was a 2010 finalist in the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. The exhibition was held at the Territory Craft Gallery located in the grounds of the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery at Bullocky Point, Darwin.
The GCAAC was registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 in December 2007 and aims to provide opportunities across generations to support community cultural development. This includes activities relating to ceremony, dance, music, performance, arts and crafts, language, oral history, bush skills and traditional cultural knowledge.
Abstract adapted from Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation