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In Febuary this year, ANKAAA arranged and facilitated Brian Farmer, ANKAAA Director for the Tiwi region, to attend a three-day Introduction to Corporate Governance workshop in Darwin. Hosted by ORIC, (The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations), the training included corporations from across the Top End of Australia. Participants were Directors from Aboriginal corporations based in Yirrkala, Kununurra, Darwin, Katherine and the Tiwi Islands. This meeting really opened my mind. We talked about Governance. How to run our organisations. We also spoke about the money side of things, where to get funding for example and looked at Philanthropy. That knowledge helped me get my picture straight. It was all really good information that I could then bring back to my people. I am thinking about all the Art Centres when I am at these meetings. My Art Centre is Jilamara Arts and Craft, but Im also thinking about Tiwi Design and Munupi Art and Bima Wear. Im thinking about them too. We have to think ahead, not behind for our grandchildren. We have to look after the young Tiwi who have just come out from school. We have to find them employment at the Art Centres and use their fresh knowledge and teach them the right ways so that they can run their own businesses when they are older. It is important to know where we are heading, to have a long-term vision and look into the future as Tiwi Art Centres. Because together we are strong. That way we have got more voice and more strength and that way the government can maybe hear us better. Thats my philosophy. My belief. Two governance training days for Tiwi Art Centres were organised by ANKAAA, in May and June. 22 board members and arts workers from Jilamara Arts and Craft, Munupi Art, Tiwi Design and The Tiwi Art Network attended the sessions. The days were facilitated by business consultant Peter Shepherd and took place at the TITEB building in Nguiu, Bathurst. Peter introduced central concepts of governance and explained how to draft meeting agendas, minutes and different ways boards can delegate to managers. The group also did a role-play on how to conduct a manager performance review. Participants also had a session in language without Art Centre managers or ANKAAA staff, to discuss issues around board responsibilities and employment of staff. Thanks to Peter Shepherd and everyone from Tiwi who attended! Mana. Harvesting Traditional Knowledge one-day workshop on Melville Island The Mulluwurri Museum: Rediscovering, Preserving and Sharing Cultural Knowledge at Jilamara Arts and Craft The fourth and final workshop in the ANKAAA Harvesting Traditional Knowledge project 2013-2014 was held at Jilamara Arts and Craft, Melville Island on Tuesday 27 May. The Mulluwurri Museum: Rediscovering, Preserving and Sharing Cultural Knowledge brought together over 30 artists, arts workers and Art Centre managers. Jilamaras senior artists Aileen Puruntatameri and Rachel Puruntatameri led participants in a demonstration of how to make the traditional Tiwi Marawi dress. Artist Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri explained how traditional techniques involved in making the dress were revived at Jilamara and have found their way into the art produced at the Art Centre. Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs at the National Museum of Australia, Andy Greenslade, spoke about the Encounters Project, a collaborative exchange with the British Museum including Tiwi art and leading to exhibitions in 2015. Andy also shared useful tricks on how to deal with mould Top: Aileen Puruntatameri and Rachel Puruntatameri demonstrating how to make a Marawi dress Middle: Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri with his carving of Jinaini, the child of Wai-ai and Purakapali, who passed away. Patrick is holding a book called The Goddess and the Moon - The sacred Art of the Tiwi Aborigines by Sandra Le Brun Holmes. Artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts are reviving the production of certain ceremonial objects found in old photographs from this book Above: Natural materials used for making the Marawi dress All photos: ANKAAA and other conservation problems in tropical climates using cheap materials available at the supermarket. NT-based conservator Carolyn McLennan discussed conservation techniques and practices with the other participants. Several artists, arts workers and Art Centre manager, Madeleine Challender from Waralungku Arts in Borroloola also attended to share perspectives and learn more about community collections as Waralungku Arts is embarking on building its own new Keeping Place. This project is an Inspiring Australia science, engagement and communication initiative, funded through the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. It is part of the ANKAAA Digital Archiving and Keeping Place Support Program supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. ORIC Introduction to Corporate Governance workshop, Darwin. By Brian Farmer, Jilamara Arts and Craft and ANKAAA Director for the Tiwi Region Top right: Peter Shepherd conducting governance training for Tiwi ANKAAA members, Art Centres and Managers Right: Wilhelmena Bulla and Maree Puruntatameri from Munupi Art All photos: ANKAAA All-Tiwi Governance Training Top: Brian Farmer at work, Jilamara Arts and Craft, Milikapiti Community, Melville Island Above: Brian Farmer with Hannah Roe, ORIC Regional Manager based in Darwin All photos: ANKAAA 20 Arts BackBone keepIng placeS Volume 14: Issue 1, August 2014 Volume 14: Issue 1, August 2014 goveRnance Arts BackBone 21