Hanging Valley provides arts and cultural services to the community of Peppimenarti in the West Daly Region of the Northern Territory.
We work in consultation with Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation to deliver programs that help strengthen culture and promote the arts of the community and the broader region.
In August 2018 Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Program debuted the Marrgu Residency Program in partnership with the Peppimenarti community. The word ‘Marrgu’ means ‘knowledge sharing’ in Peppimenarti's Tyemirri language - a concept that underpins what this unique residency program is all about. Marrgu offers a unique opportunity for artists and creative practitioners to engage with the community in a valuable cultural exchange.
Our first Marrgu resident was Sydney based visual artist and Professor at UNSW Art & Design Izabela Pluta - an Australian artist whose practice focuses on the misalignment between spatial and temporal experiences and states of displacement. Izabela was invited to live and work in Peppimenarti alongside our amazing artists and community leaders for 10 days.
NIMBI is a digital repository of cultural material and applied art history that connects community members to important traditional knowledge, art and language across generations. NIMBI is a growing database of historical moments and cultural importance that offers community members ongoing access to valuable knowledge from across all the dimensions of Ngan’gikurrungurr culture: language, song, dance, stories, images and connections to country. The first of its kind in the Daly River region, Nimbi has already provided meaningful opportunities for community members to engage with traditional culture in new and contemporary ways, even in its early stages of life. Through existing relationships such as the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in Virginia USA and with new partners as we go, we will continue to build a huge archive of cultural material for the people of the West Daly Region and repatriate old works from institutions across the globe back to the source community of Peppimenarti.