For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned and operated by Anangu. Approximately 900 Anangu artists, belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku.
The name, Maruku, literally means “belonging to black”. This is because Maruku is owned and operated by Anangu (Aboriginal people from the Western and Central Deserts of Australia).
Their logo is ‘tali’ design. ‘Tali’ means sand dunes. You will see this pattern, describing country, is significant throughout their artists’ art and woodcarvings. The desert, this sand dune country, is what they call home.
Their purpose is to keep culture strong and alive for future generations of artists, and to make culture accessible in an authentic way to those that seek a more in-depth understanding. Maruku also provides an important form of income to artists living in remote communities across Anangu lands.