merrepen arts festival
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about the art centre
Merrepen Arts is a well established arts centre with around 20 artists working in a variety of traditional and contemporary mediums painting regularly in a custom designed art centre.
A number of the most established artists from the region are now recognised on a national level.

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Women with painted bowl
Photos: Maria Øien and Stian Thoresen

The Art Centre opened in 1986 and the artists are famous for their etchings and printmaking but also produce a number of artefacts in addition to paintings, using a multitude of materials and techniques in their creative expression. Using zinc plates, or lino plates, coloured ink and a press machine they produce etchings and prints, batik techniques using wax and silk painting to make t-shirts, scarves and sarongs, paper-mâché techniques to make bowls and animal figures, screen printing for tea-towels and other kind of fabric and weaving of Merrepen and Pandanus leaves to make dilly bags, fishnets, baskets and sun mats.

Photos of the Art Centre and artists
The painting is done using acrylic colours on canvas materials stretched on a wooden frame. The frames are put together at the centre. The artists have always been open to new ideas on how to express their stories. They quickly become accustomed to each new medium introduced by early art coordinators or workshops, constantly improving in their art producing skills.
The beautiful paintings produced by the ladies (and small number of men) of Merrepen Arts are stylistically very different to what is generally expected of Aboriginal art. The Centre is open daily between 9.00am – 5.00pm, but it is always best to call first and let them know you are coming.
Merrepen Art Centre (08) 8978-2533
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