Acclaimed artist and respected Madarrpa clan leader Dwambawa Marawili AM has joined the Masterplan’s Advisory Panel, providing invaluable guidance as we develop Arnhem Land tourism businesses. He joins some of Australia’s most respected leaders on the panel, an important part of the Masterplan’s support for Indigenous ownership.
Djambawa is best known as one of the country’s most celebrated Indigenous artists, whose works hang in all State galleries as well as the National Ma ritime Museum, Sydney Opera House and many other public and private collections in Australia and overseas. He is also a prominent figure in the land rights movement and was instrumental in the push for sea rights. Djambawa co-ordinated the Federal Court sea claim in 2004 which led to the High Court’s 2008 Blue Mud Bay determination that Yolŋu own the land between high and low water marks, and he has participated in other landmarks including the production of the Barunga Statement, the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody and the formation of ATSIC.
Djambawa has been a Director and Chairperson of the Association of Northern and Kimberley Aboriginal Artists since 1997 and was Chairperson of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre from 1994 to 2000. He was granted a two year Fellowship from the Australia Council in 2003 and in 2004 was appointed to the Australia Council ATSIA Board. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the arts in 2010 and has been at various times a member of the Northern Land Council and an administrator of several Yolŋu organizations.