Martumili is the art enterprise of the Martu people whose communities span the remote east Pilbara region. Funded by their Principal Partners at BHP Billiton, and hosted by the Shire of Pilbara, Martumili were contracted for a 20 marquee project providing shade to school, community and sporting groups in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarrtiji, Nullagine, Warralong and Newman.
The Martumili artists created a series of paintings that Star Outdoor were able to reproduce onto the canopies of the marquees. One painting included a piece of works gifted to the Royal Collection when Martumili artists met her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II at the National Gallery of Victoria, October 26, 2011. All marquees were supplied as a kit providing everything the end user needed to safely set up, pack up and transport the unit with ease.
The project has created a series of unique marquees that are clearly branded with BHP’s message of support. The marquees not only looked amazing and were useful to the recipient, but provided an impressive platform used to bring international opportunity to the Martumili artists. Two of the marquees have been used to promote the Shire at their largest Festival in the region and many weekends you can see representatives of BHP Billiton manning one of these stands at a locally supported event.