The Artists of the Barkly collective represents five remote art centres in communities across the Barkly region: Tennant Creek, Epenarra, Canteen Creek, Elliott, and Mungkarta.
Each art centre bares its own unique style, leading to the diverse range of style seen across the Barkly.
The Tartukula Artists share a visual language distinctive for its naïve style and apparent ties to folk and outsider art, together the artists have built an aesthetic largely unseen in the broader landscape of Aboriginal art, rendering their work unique to Tennant Creek. The Tartukula artists blur the line between figurative and abstract art, using bold colour and thick line to create playful depictions of country.
The work of the Epenarra Artists shares in a visual language marked by the use of very fine dots which combine to form richly detailed landscapes. The visual language of the Epenarra artists has become unanimous of that of the Barkly Region. The artists paint depictions of country in works which strongly feature motifs of bush tucker and bush medicines.
The Kulumundini Artists are known for their strong use of line, and careful measured use of dots, distinguishing their paintings from those of other artists in the Barkly, who generally adopts a more haphazard approach to painting.
The work of the Canteen Artists is distinctive for its bright pallet and frequent use of pastel colours. Using a combination of repetitive pattern with bold often abstract renditions of bush tucker and bush flowers the artists of Canteen Creek combine the use of pattern with figurative images of bush tucker and bush medicine.
Mungkarta is the smallest community Barkly Regional Arts services and similarly the smallest art centre. The Mungkarta artists are known for aerial depictions of the land a people, their use of closely placed dots to form bold lines in a diverse range of colour.