Merrepen Arts, Culture and Language Centre is located in Nauiyu Community (Daly River), Northern Territory, approximately three hours’ drive from Darwin. Established in 1986, Merrepen Arts supports between 20-80 artists who have become renowned for strong, contemporary design applied to a range of media, including prints, etchings and most recently, award winning screen-printed textiles. Paintings, artefacts and weavings are also created by artists from Merrepen Arts, with the name of the art centre deriving from the sand palm which is collected by women and used for weaving dilly bags, mats and fishnets.
The art centre has evolved into a place of community for the men and women of Nauiyu community, with its services extending to the regions of south west Daly River, Daly River and Port Keats. The main language groups of the artists are Ngan’gikurunggurr and Ngen’giwumirri.
Textile designs from Merrepen Arts have received great acclaim. In 2013, Marita Sambono’s Fog Dreaming design was interpreted into an award winning dress by Raw Cloth which won the National 2013 Myer Fashions on the Field at the Melbourne Cup. In 2014, Kieren Karritpul was winner of the Youth Award at the 31st National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards for his textile design, Yerrgi.