In January this year, the Bana Yirriji Art Centre was completely flooded, with water over a metre high coming into the centre. Unfortunately the extent of the flooding has seen most of the merchandise and artworks damaged. As a result of the flood damage, the Art Centre has had to temporarily relocate while renovations are underway. We’ve moved to premises in the heart of the community. Once renovations to the damaged building are complete, the artists and staff will return to the art centre, which is situated just outside the community on the Bloomfield River.
The renovations will take several months which will have a significant impact on sales for Bana Yirriji, and this year, the staff and artists will not be attending usual events such as the Cairns Indigenous Art Market and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.
On a positive note, the resilient artists are already back to creating new work and are enjoying visits from the local community people, new mothers and babies, children, youth and the elders.
Main image credit: Bana Yirriji Art Centre Flood Damage. Image: Bana Yirriji