Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre is a not-for-profit community-run arts organisation (with tax-deductible gift status) in Pormpuraaw, on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. It represents Thaayorre, Kugu and Wik artists, saltwater people from the beautiful coastal country fringing the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Pormpuraaw’s artists are painters, woodcarvers, creators of linocuts and etchings on papers, and masters of sculpting clan totems using ghost nets and other recycled materials. Ghost nets are commercial fishing nets illegally abandoned at sea. They drift the world’s oceans, killing fish and animals without purpose. Pormpuraaw artists collect these nets and transform them into meaningful art. Their art has toured the world and has found its way into many private, corporate and government collections.