Gunyangara Studio

In July 2010, Damien was invited by the Gumatj Corporation to establish a furniture making studio on the remote indigenous community of Gunyangara in North East Arnhem Land.

Relocating to the Nhulunbuy region for a period of six months, Damien worked with the Gumatj clan of the Yolngu people in a collaborative craft, training and employment project — Dharpa Djama.

Together Damien and the Yolngu men discovered that the local timber species, Gadayka (Darwin Stringybark), makes a beautiful furniture grade timber.  They created several exemplary pieces of furniture — including tables, benches and beds — for both local community use and for sale.  All profits returned to the Gumatj Corporation.

The furniture studio is now a thriving part of the Gumatj economy.

Continuing to build on the relationships formed in 2010, Damien has employed Yolngu men in his Northcote studio.

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