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. 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, 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. Arriving in August, Izabela (joined by her family) participated in daily life and learning for 10 days as if a part of the community.
NIMBI is a digital repository of cultural material and applied art history. We will embark on a program of digitally repatriating old works from institutions across the globe back to the source community of Peppimenarti.
Through existing relationships such as the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in Virginia USA and new relationships as we go, we will build a huge archive of song, dance, art and community and cultural legacy for the people of the West Daly Region to share and access. NIMBI is a growing database of historical moments and cultural importance, it will act as a resource for many stakeholders in the community and it will provide a unique and vital source of art history for future artists.
The legacy, language and knowledge of this region will be kept for all to access at Durrmu Arts.
Stay tuned for more information about NIMBI in the coming months.