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Art Centres

The outer islands of the Torres Strait are renowned for their traditional dance, music, arts, crafts, stories and languages. There are hundreds of artists operating across the region, with three independent Art Centres producing high quality artwork for festivals and exhibitions across the globe. 

TSIRC proudly support and promote local artists and Art Centres. 

Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts | Moa Arts

Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts (NLM), or Moa Arts supports a strong tradition of artistic endeavour and cultural practices on Moa Island in the Torres Strait.

Artistic inspiration is drawn from ancestral stories, totemic representation and connections to sea, land, sky and family.

The island, and its surrounding waters and reefs, provide a highly diverse set of land and marine ecosystems with niches for many rare or unique species, such as Dugong and Sea Turtles.

We continue to partner with our artists and strengthen culture through our festivals and events.

Contact: p: 07 4069-4993 | e:

Artwork by Cr David Bosun



Erub Erwer Meta | Erub Arts

Erub Erwer Meta  works to revitalise traditional Erubiam le and shares it with the world.

Erub Arts artists have been taking the world by storm with their ambitious Ghost net weavings, which are hand woven installations made from washed up fishing nets.

Contact: p: 07 4090 0827 | 0488 409 935 |

Artwork by Ellarose Savage






Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mugh | Badu Art Centre

The Badu Art Centre or Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh is where an exciting group of artists from Badu Island create beautiful work.

The purpose of the Centre is to renew, strengthen and express Badu Island visual and spoken language - Our Culture - while providing skills development and training that can lead to complete self determination.

Contact: p 07 4090 0956 |

Artwork by Cr Laurie Nona




The role of community Art Centres is to;

  • Preserve and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • Provide economic development opportunities that are ethical and community driven
  • Provide a supportive environment to preserve endangered cultural traditions, as well as nurturing innovation
  • Advocate for their artists and provide support for marketing, funding opportunities when equipped with good resources
  • Act as archives and ‘keeping places’ for significant cultural objects. 
  • Provide training and local employment, and promote culture to audiences outside of their community.

Visit one of our local Art Centres when you're next on island. You can call ahead and organise an appointment.