Remote Community Indigenous Art Centres
‘Art centres’ is shorthand for Australian Indigenous/Aboriginal remote community art and craft centres. Art centres are little jewels scattered around remote Australia. Each one is uniquely different. They are hives of creativity, social hubs, art schools, livelihood generators and dynamic social enterprises all in one.
Indigenous/Aboriginal remote community art centres are locally owned artists’ cooperatives dotted around the continent, often in the remotest places. There are more than 90 throughout Australia. Their legal structure is as membership based non-profit Associations or Corporations. Some have 10 members and others have 300+ members. Each art centre supports its members to create arts and crafts and then markets the products within Australia and internationally. Each art centre supports traditional and contemporary art forms that are appropriate for the members to express their creativity and culture. and this includes painting on canvas, bark and paper, wooden sculpture, natural fibre weavings.
Fabric printing in art centres
Around 15 art centres are involved in production of fabric. A number have onsite workshops where they screen and/or lino print on fabrics and some also outsource production to offsite non-Indigenous fabric hand printers. A small number of artists license their designs for reproduction on fabric and fabric products.
Flying Fox Fabrics uses a mix of fabrics previously sourced from art centres over a period of years (vintage art centre fabric!) and fabric that has been recently printed.
The founder of Flying Fox Fabrics is recognised as an expert in remote community art centres having worked with more than 70 art centres since 1986 as an employee, researcher, consultant, curator and more. She has been an employee of three: Warlukurlangu Artists, Injalak Arts and Bula’bula Arts and has lived for more than 12 years ‘out bush’. She has had the pleasure of working with very many that have been involved in fabric.