Orion Expedition Cruises has announced details of its new ‘Art of Arnhem Land’ voyages, which track the history of indigenous art culture along Australia’s Arnhem Land coastline. Hosted by collectors of Australian indigenous art, the voyage has two departures on 13 September 2011 and 20 September 2012.
In the Pirlangimpi art community in the Tiwi Islands, passengers can view Tiwi ceramics and carved totemic Pukumani funeral poles. It will also include a visit to the Munupi Art Centre with its contemporary collection of paintings, pottery and carvings.
The voyage will also incluide a stop in Maningrida, central Arnhem Land, which is home of distinctive bark painting, pandanus, weaving and wood carvings, while the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala is one of the leading galleries of Northern Australia. Guests will also be able to explore Thursday Island, the largest of the 18 islands of Torres Strait.
The 2011 Art of Arnhem Land eight-night voyage departs 13 September from Darwin and visits Pirlangimpi (Tiwi Islands), Maningrida, Elcho Island, Yirrkala, Merauke and Thursday Island before finishing in Cairns.
The 2012 Art of Arnhem Land seven-night voyage departs 20 September from Darwin and visits Pirlangimpi (Tiwi Islands), Maningrida, Elcho Island, Jensen Bay, Yirrkala and Merauke before finishing in Thursday Island.