Central Australia Artists
Mainie sources original artworks from Aboriginal owned and controlled art centres in remote communities in Central Australia. The communities are located on the ancestral homelands of the artists, where there is an unbroken connection to their traditional Aboriginal culture and languages.
Our mission is to support Aboriginal women artists to earn an independent income from their own work. We are committed to creating sustainable opportunities for women living in isolated and disadvantaged Aboriginal communities to preserve the sacred Dreaming stories, which have been handed to them through many generations of their ancestors over tens of thousands of years, for future generations.
Mainie has acquired a number of significant artworks from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, a world-renowned art centre, which is located on the traditional homelands of the Warlpiri Aboriginal people at the Yuendumu community about 290 kilometres from Alice Springs.
Warlukurlangu has long been a stronghold for the preservation of the ancient Warlpiri culture and language.
The Warlpiri people from the remote Tanami Desert region of Central Australia were some of the last Aboriginal people to make first contact with Europeans. To this day, the Warlpiri people continue to speak their own language and maintain the customs and traditions of their ancestors.
Due to the impeccable provenance of the artworks created by the Warlukurlangu Artists, their paintings are highly sought after by major fine art galleries and museums around the world.
As a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code, Mainie is committed to always conduct our business with Indigenous artists with the highest standards of ethics and respect.
- Purchase of original artworks at a fair price as set by the artists
- Licensing to allow for the reproduction of original artwork images onto Mainie products.
- Payments of artist royalties calculated on sales of Mainie products.