Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

‘We do art and tell the story.’

Bringing desert and river artists together, Mangkaja has been the base for people such as Butcher Cherrel, Daisy Andrews, Tommy May, Mervyn Street, Sonia Kurrarra, Cory Surprise, John Prince Siddon, Spider and Dolly Snell, Mona Chuguna, Peter Skipper and many others who are now represented in collections around the world. Well-known for their uninhibited use of colour and experimentation in different mediums, these artists paint and etch on many mediums … paper, canvas, glass, perspex, tin, cardboard and boab nuts, as well as in the digital space, producing art that tells the stories of their country and their lives. They also make large scale collaborative works. Recently collaborating with Gorman, their art is now visible on high-end fashion clothing. The Mankaja Art Centre is a welcoming place for young and old. Committed to transgenerational sharing, the established artists take young people out on country to inspire and teach them, and to create art. As their chairman Mervyn Street says, ‘We do art and tell the story’.


8 Bell Road
Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri 11am - 4pm
An amazing tale of the river

The story of how an eagle picked up a camera belonging to one of the Gooniyandi rangers’ and flew 90 kms up the Margaret River, taking ‘selfies’ on the way, went viral. Inspired, highly regarded...

Old things

Like most Aboriginal art and cultural centres, Mangkaja is developing a diverse collection including ‘old’ artefacts as a way of documenting the history and culture of the many groups in the Fitzroy...

Butcher Cherrel

Janangoo Butcher Cherrel (dec) was born around 1920 at Jalnganjoowa, near the original homestead on one of the longest established cattle stations in the Kimberley, Fossil Downs. He began painting...

More North West collections

Waking up the spirit

Waking up the spirit of the Country through songs, dance, art and story, by sharing and teaching young people, is what the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre does to keep their culture alive...

Hidden treasure

A hidden treasure in the heart of Broome's Chinatown, the Yu Family Historical Display can be found housed in the upstairs rooms that sit over their Sung Ming restaurant in what Broome locals used to...

Ganalili - A Place of New Beginnings

Ganalili is the Yindjibarndi word for the light in the morning before the rising of the sun. Living up to its name of new beginnings, the centre is set in Roebourne’s old Victoria Hotel, a site of...

WA's first pearling port

Located on the beautiful banks of the Harding River, the Cossack Museum is housed in the old courthouse, now resurrected from the abandoned port town of Cossack. As Perth was developing into the state...

While you're in the area

Fitzroy River Lodge
Fitzroy River Lodge
Fitzroy River Lodge is located in the heart of the Kimberley. Situated on...
277 Great Northern Highway, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765
Fitzroy River
Fitzroy River
The mighty Fitzroy River is one of the Kimberley region’s most important...
Fitzroy River, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency Gallery
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency Gallery
Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency is located in the centre of Fitzroy Crossing...
8 Bell Road, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765
Crossing Inn
Crossing Inn
Historic Pub with accommodation located on the Fitzroy River. The oldest...
35 Skuthorp Road, Fitzroy Crossing, WA 6765