Situated on the edge of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts in Northern Western Australia, Wirrimanu (Balgo) is a small community of around 350 people. Warlayirti Artists, however, represents more than 300 artists across the four communities in the Kutjungka region – Kururrungku (Billiluna), Mulan, Yaka Yaka and Wirrimanu, representing seven main language groups. The number of artists, their different histories and the variety of language and cultural groups means that each artist brings uniqueness to the canvas.
The Art Centre was established in 1987 following the success of the first exhibition of Balgo art at the Art Gallery of WA in 1986. Initially Warlayirti Artists operated out of an old church building known until a purpose-built facility was opened in 1999. Warlayirti Artists is famous for acrylic works on canvas and linen. The paintings are not only vibrant and bold in their use of colour but the styles are also compositionally challenging and fiercely individual.