Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts

Fibre Works from Gapuwiyak

9 Dec

2023

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22 Dec

2023

Gapuwiyak artists are best known for their innovative fibre art creations. Their animal sculptures, woven mats and coiled baskets feature especially bright colours using traditional and new techniques that share deep knowledge of plants, country and culture.

Master-weavers make baskets and mats from Gunga (Pandanus Spiralis), which are often dyed with natural bush recipes of roots, tubers and leaves to make the strong colours. Twinning and coiling skills shape the Gunga into Bathi (baskets) and flat mats that are made for the art market. Traditional forms are still used in ceremony. Other traditional forms are being refigured into new artistic expressions.

Mr Cameron and Ms Bidingal passed a few years ago. Mr Cameron worked with his wife Penny Wanapuyngu who would make the basic basket form, Mr Cameron would then reshape them into one of the many animals that feature in songlines and other animals he knew from his time spent in country. The skills of these artists are kept alive by the next generations. Today, Mr Cameron and Penny's daughter, Aleisha continues to make spirited fibre works of camp dogs, animals and birds, and Ms Bidingal’s daughter Djamirri continues to make the fine classic ‘dilly-bag’ form like her mother.
Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts is a remote Art Centre in east Arnhemland. We are owned by our Yolŋu members, have a Yolŋu Board, and employ a Manager and Arts Workers. We support over one hundred artists from Gapuwiyak and surrounding homelands.
Gapuwiyak is a small Yolŋu town in the middle of Miyarrka, a region around Arnhem Bay in East Arnhem Land. There are eighteen clans in this region each with their own interconnected clan estates, songs, patterns and designs.
The Art Centre assists artists to collect and prepare materials, make high-quality art, explore ideas, develop knowledge and skills, exhibit, market and sell their work.

©2023 Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts Aboriginal Corporation

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Worr worr (owl) (Gapuwiyak 22-467)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Worr worr (owl) (Gapuwiyak 22-467)
2022
Fibre sculpture
34 x 28 x 15 cm
745
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Worr worr (owl) (Gapuwiyak 22-467)
2022
Fibre sculpture
34 x 28 x 15 cm
745
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SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Ta Ta Lizard (Gapuwiyak 21-236)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Ta Ta Lizard (Gapuwiyak 21-236)
2021
Fibre sculpture
39 x 34 x 8 cm
840
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SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Ta Ta Lizard (Gapuwiyak 21-236)
2021
Fibre sculpture
39 x 34 x 8 cm
840
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price on request
or
for set of
Matjika (darter)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Matjika (darter) (Gapuwiyak 21-1617)
2021
Fibre sculpture
48 x 23 x 14 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Matjika (darter) (Gapuwiyak 21-1617)
2021
Fibre sculpture
48 x 23 x 14 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Basket (Gapuwiyak 21-380)
Margaret Wanambi
Basket (Gapuwiyak 21-380)
2021
Weaving
18 x 14 x 15 cm
460
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Margaret Wanambi
Basket (Gapuwiyak 21-380)
2021
Weaving
18 x 14 x 15 cm
460
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price on request
or
for set of
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-928)
Janet Guyula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-928)
2023
Weaving
56 x 56 x 1 cm
1050
On hold
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price on request
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for set of
Janet Guyula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-928)
2023
Weaving
56 x 56 x 1 cm
1050
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-1544)
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-1544)
2023
Fibre sculpture
35 x 47 x 18 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-1544)
2023
Fibre sculpture
35 x 47 x 18 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 22-1156)
Mary Rruwaypi Guyula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 22-1156)
2022
Weaving
30 x 30 x 1 cm
630
On hold
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price on request
or
for set of
Mary Rruwaypi Guyula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 22-1156)
2022
Weaving
30 x 30 x 1 cm
630
On hold
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price on request
or
for set of
Bulpu, Bathi, (Dilly bag) (Gapuwiyak 22-8)
Mary Bidingal
Bulpu, Bathi, (Dilly bag) (Gapuwiyak 22-8)
2022
Fibre sculpture
31 x 8 x 8 cm
840
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price on request
or
for set of
Mary Bidingal
Bulpu, Bathi, (Dilly bag) (Gapuwiyak 22-8)
2022
Fibre sculpture
31 x 8 x 8 cm
840
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SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Bird (Gapuwiyak 22-380)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Bird (Gapuwiyak 22-380)
2022
Fibre sculpture
44x 33 x 16 cm
525
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Bird (Gapuwiyak 22-380)
2022
Fibre sculpture
44x 33 x 16 cm
525
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SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-37)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-37)
2022
Fibre sculpture
44 x 33 x 12 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-37)
2022
Fibre sculpture
44 x 33 x 12 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-74)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-74)
2022
Fibre sculpture
17 x 48 x 18 cm
525
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-74)
2022
Fibre sculpture
17 x 48 x 18 cm
525
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-800)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-800)
2022
Fibre sculpture
27 x 38 x 13 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-800)
2022
Fibre sculpture
27 x 38 x 13 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1132)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1132)
2022
Fibre sculpture
39 x 24 x 10 cm
630
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1132)
2022
Fibre sculpture
39 x 24 x 10 cm
630
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SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1264)
2022
Fibre sculpture
34 x 50 x 15 cm
790
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1264)
2022
Fibre sculpture
34 x 50 x 15 cm
790
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1331)
2022
Fibre sculpture
34 x 50 x 14 cm
840
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price on request
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for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1331)
2022
Fibre sculpture
34 x 50 x 14 cm
840
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price on request
or
for set of
Bird on Log 2021
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Bird on log (Gapuwiyak 21-1576)
2021
Fibre sculpture
39 x 34 x 8 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Bird on log (Gapuwiyak 21-1576)
2021
Fibre sculpture
39 x 34 x 8 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Guriny (kite) (Gapuwiyak 21-1545)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Guriny (kite) (Gapuwiyak 21-1545)
2021
Fibre sculpture
43 x 36 x 15 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Guriny (kite) (Gapuwiyak 21-1545)
2021
Fibre sculpture
43 x 36 x 15 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Detung (buffalo) (Gapuwiyak 22-1089)
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Detung (buffalo) (Gapuwiyak 22-1089)
2022
Fibre sculpture
52 x 32 x 33 cm
945
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Tony Raguwanga Cameron
Detung (buffalo) (Gapuwiyak 22-1089)
2022
Fibre sculpture
52 x 32 x 33 cm
945
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1589)
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1589)
2022
Fibre sculpture
36 x 42 x 18 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 22-1589)
2022
Fibre sculpture
36 x 42 x 18 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-259)
2023
Fibre sculpture
24 x 30 x 18 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-259)
2023
Fibre sculpture
24 x 30 x 18 cm
735
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SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-362)
2023
Fibre sculpture
27 x 40 x 12 cm
735
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price on request
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for set of
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-362)
2023
Fibre sculpture
27 x 40 x 12 cm
735
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price on request
or
for set of
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-363)
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-363)
2023
Fibre sculpture
32 x 51 x 32 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Aleisha Cameron
Camp Dog (Gapuwiyak 23-363)
2023
Fibre sculpture
32 x 51 x 32 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Basket (Gapuwiyak 22-767)
Margaret Wanambi
Basket (Gapuwiyak 22-767)
2022
Weaving
29 x 18 x 18 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Margaret Wanambi
Basket (Gapuwiyak 22-767)
2022
Weaving
29 x 18 x 18 cm
735
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-656)
Janet Guyula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-656)
2023
Weaving
58 x 58 x 1 cm
1260
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Janet Guyula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-656)
2023
Weaving
58 x 58 x 1 cm
1260
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Basket (Gapuwiyak 21-444)
Julieanne Malibirr
Basket (Gapuwiyak 21-444)
2021
Fibre sculpture
39 x 11 x 11 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Julieanne Malibirr
Basket (Gapuwiyak 21-444)
2021
Fibre sculpture
39 x 11 x 11 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
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for set of
Fish Trap (Gapuwiyak 21-1069)
Julieanne Malibirr
Fish Trap (Gapuwiyak 21-1069)
2021
Fibre sculpture
88 x 11 x 11 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Julieanne Malibirr
Fish Trap (Gapuwiyak 21-1069)
2021
Fibre sculpture
88 x 11 x 11 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-1147)
Joy Gamunbuy Marrkula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-1147)
2023
Weaving
32 x 39 x 1cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Joy Gamunbuy Marrkula
Mat, Twined (Gapuwiyak 23-1147)
2023
Weaving
32 x 39 x 1cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Bulpu, Bathi, (Dilly Bag) (Gapuwiyak 21-781)
Margaret Bidingal
Bulpu, Bathi, (Dilly Bag) (Gapuwiyak 21-781)
2021
Fibre sculpture
41 x 13 x 13 cm
840
On hold
SOLD
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price on request
or
for set of
Margaret Bidingal
Bulpu, Bathi, (Dilly Bag) (Gapuwiyak 21-781)
2021
Fibre sculpture
41 x 13 x 13 cm
840
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Tony Raguwanga Cameron

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My name is Tony Cameron. I live in Gapuwiyak Community with my wife and children. I am a fibre sculpture artist and like to make birds, crocodiles, buffalo and lizards, these are woven from pandanus fibre and filled with paperbark, materials we collect from our local area. I work together with my wife Penny to make these animals.

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Aleisha Cameron

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I have watched my mum and dad make art for as long as I can remember. Now I have skills from my dad and I like making animals from mums baskets.

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Margaret Wanambi

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My name is Margaret Marrarrawuy Wanambi. I was born on the 1st of January 1937 I live in Gapuwiyak in East Arnhen Land.

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Joy Gamunbuy Marrkula

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Mary Bidingal

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Donydji outstation

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My name is Mary Banbalmiya Bidingal. I was born in 1950 in Donydji outstation. My language is Ritharrngu and my clan group is Bidingal. My mother is Yalurr 1 and my father is Dhulutharrama. My older sister taught me to weave at Galiwin’ku, when we used to sit with Mrs Sheppy, Nancy Walinyinawuy, Warranyarr Gelarr and myself. We used to collect pandanus,strip them off and then we used to dry them in the sun. We used to weave in natural colour before, but now we using many different dyes to make basket My totems are the Emu (Wurrpan) and koel cuckoo (Guwak). We used to live at Galiwin’ku before.But we moved to Gapuwiyak. Now I am living at Donydji outstation because that is my homeland.


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Janet Guyala

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Rena Garmundawuy my sister has been teaching me how to work with pandanus and do fibre art

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