First Nations designs are included in a new Art Bag line from Woolworths, and the retailer reveals a new partnership with the Yothu Yindi Foundation.

March 20, 2023

First Nations designs are included in a new Art Bag line from Woolworths, and the retailer reveals a new partnership with the Yothu Yindi Foundation.


A new line of recyclable bags from Woolworths has been unveiled with the intention of celebrating and bolstering Australian communities.

The first of the new Art Bag collection was created in association with Jessica Johnson, a Warumungu, Wombaya woman and the founder of the First Nations-owned and -operated creative firm Nungala Creative.

In addition to collaborating with the Yothu Yindi Foundation to support Yolngu students’ education in Northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory as part of the Art Bag launch, Woolworths is also helping Australian communities by making an initial $100,000 donation to the foundation.

The Art Bag line, which will be added to Woolworths’ expanding line of reusable grocery bags, will include artwork created by emerging Australian artists.

The new collection, which is produced using at least 70% recycled materials, is currently offered for sale online and in stores throughout Australia. Customers can pick from a selection of three designs for $2 each, each of which is larger than the current 99 cent bag and features two distinct handles with a longer strap for comfort when carrying over the shoulder.

With her three pieces titled “Fresh as,” “Journey Lines,” and “Landtracks,” Jessica Johnson’s vibrant designs honour the delight of fresh food and connection to the land.

Nungala Creative’s creator, Jessica Johnson, said: “I was thrilled to have the chance to design the artwork for the new line of bags for the fresh food industry.

‘Food is survival! It serves as the focal point of almost everything I do, taking the lead in both positive and bad situations. It can transport you on a journey and offer a wonderful little bit of escapism!

“I really can’t get enough food! When you are eating well, you can tell that life is pleasant. I now have a greater understanding of my body’s relationship with food thanks to some recent health struggles. Good nutrition is so important for the mind, body, and soul. It serves as the impetus for the formation of the crowd in my life.

“That pleasure of eating is expressed in the artwork itself. It’s known as the “food dance”! It’s like an irrepressible joy that transforms into a small groove as you get ready to chow down. Although each bag has a distinct flavor, they are all basically a celebration of food in their own special way.

Natalie Davis, the managing director of Woolworths Supermarkets, said: “We’re excited to introduce the new Art Bag range to our collection and to have the chance to design bags that highlight the inventiveness of Australian artists like Jessica.

The new collection offers customers even more reusable options to choose from when they shop. “We know that the overwhelming majority of our customers already bring their own reusable bags to the store, which is by far the best outcome for the environment.

We stayed committed to our objective of developing a line of reusable bags that could benefit the community as we laboured to create the new Art Bag collection. We’re honoured to partner with the Yothu Yindi Foundation to assist their efforts in establishing a centre for Yolngu students’ education in Northeast Arnhem Land.

One of Australia’s top non-profit organizations, the Yothu Yindi Foundation, organises the yearly Garma Festival and represents the interests of Yolngu tribal groups in northeast Arnhem Land.

The Foundation’s goal is to equalise opportunities for Yolngu and other Indigenous people.

of health and chances for a fulfilling life as non-Indigenous Australians. On land in northeast Arnhem Land, they are planning to build the Garma Institute, a hub for world-class education that will include junior and secondary schools, as well as a tertiary and vocational training facility.

Education is at the core of everything we do, and the Garma Institute is a game-changer for the area, according to Denise Bowden, CEO of the Yothu Yindi Foundation. We know that this new educational paradigm, which effectively incorporates Yolngu knowledge and learning into the curriculum, works.

A team of students from the Dhupuma Barker junior school in Gunyangara recently qualified for the international school robotics championships in the US, and the school, which will shortly mark its second anniversary, already has exceptional attendance rates.

In order to complete the learning life cycle and enhance educational and employment outcomes for Yolngu of all ages, “We’re now finalising the secondary and tertiary components of the project.”

Customers of Woolworths can choose from a variety of reusable carry bag choices, including the Art Bag line. Included in this are Chiller bags, 99-cent shopping bags, foldable cloth bags, and 25-cent paper bags.