Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Durrmu Arts Development + Expansion

Expanding upon Durrmu’s existing infrastruture and cultural programs we seek to build a new, regional cultural center that will mark a new chapter in the first ‘community of the homeland’ movement.

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Durrmu Arts provides a safe and neutral space for members of the community to engage with the arts and participate in professional development activities that promote culture and well being.

Since its beginning, Durrmu has been housed in a small demountable building behind the council office. However, recent expansion of programs, increased Indigenous employment and development of numerous major institutional partnerships mean that we are in a rapid state of change – and are in desperate need of infrastructural expansion more than ever before.

We believe that the creation of a new, regional cultural center will play a major role in the positive growth and development of the Peppi community. More than just a building – this new center will provide a functional, practical space for the expanding Durrmu Arts program, and come to represent a new, symbolic home for the people, artists and friends of the Peppi community.

Durrmu sees this opportunity not only as a beneficial move forward for Durrmu Arts – but an important ingredient in the long-term development of the wellbeing of our communities. With consideration of our rapid growth and of our strategic position within the region, we see the development of this new center as a necessity for the people of Peppimenarti and the surrounding communities.

We would like to raise upwards of $50,000 to put towards the expansion of our program and the development of this site. This new space will encompass a museum, a center for digital repatriation, a kids and adult educational resource centre, and a hub for the arts – and, most importantly, will offer greater access and employment opportunities to the people of the wider regional community.

Having this building will allow us to implement our process of strategic development, and engage stakeholders internally and externally to improve the educational, cultural and employment opportunities for the people of the region.

This will be a space for learning, a space for creating, and a space for community – all under one roof. Currently, there is no such facility in the area, and we would like to be at the forefront of this integral step towards building a sustainable future for Peppi.


Established in 2000, Durrmu Arts is an Aboriginal arts and cultural enterprise of the Ngan’gikurunggurr people from the West Daly region in the Northern Territory. The organisation is committed to facilitating activities that promote the transmission of cultural knowledge. Durrmu Arts is a unique corporation in that it is the only Art Centre servicing the Ngan’gikurunggurr people.

The art centre is based in the remote community of Peppimenarti. The community of Peppimenarti was re-established in the 1970’s, when Regina Pilawuk Wilson (Cultural Director) led her Ngan’gikurunggurr people back to their homeland. Through the separation from the Catholic Mission in Port Keats, the people of Peppimenarti were able to address the loss of language and re-engage cultural practices. Durrmu Arts continues this fight for cultural survival.

Under the leadership of Wilson, the art centre provides a secure space, and professional organisation for its members to promote and protect intellectual and cultural property. A focus on culturally relevant opportunities has led to innovative programs which includes: providing Indigenous leadership and advocating for Aboriginal self-determination.