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We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming exhibition at Arthouse Gallery, “Kangkwerrama – Respectfully Take Notice,”
Exhibition Dates: 15 June – 1 July 2023
Location: Arthouse Gallery

Painting on repurposed road signs this unique and innovative body of work speaks to the way country is named and boundaries are drawn since colonisation. Whether used to direct traffic or to communicate specific rules, signs like these are crucial in governing our relationship to the land. In bright and arresting colours, they are used to convey laws and regulations across the continent. In the hands of the Iltja Ntjarra artists, their function is subverted to communicate important information relating to Country, its beauty, cultural practices and customary lore on traditional lands. Each sign has been painted with images of Country in the Hermannsburg style.

Featuring Vanessa Inkamala, Dellina Inkamala, Dianne Inkamala, Delray Inkamala, Reinhold Inkamala, Kathy Inkamala, Selma Coulthard Nunay, Mervyn Rubuntja, Betty Namatjira Wheeler Naparula, Benita Clements, Mandy Malbunka, Kathleen France & Ada Lechleitner, the exhibition invites us to respectfully take notice of the beauty that surrounds us. Artists use their artwork as a powerful voice to speak volumes about culture, protection of country, and their profound connection to the land, expressing their respect and reverence for their country.

31st Desert Mob in Mparntwe – On NOW

Experience the rich diversity of desert art and culture at the 31st Desert Mob in Mparntwe Alice Springs.

Now managed entirely by Aboriginal-led organisation Desart, the Desert Mob Exhibition presents hundreds of new artworks from emerging and established artists. If you’ve been looking for a beautiful piece to add to your collection, the works are available to purchase in-person at Araluen Arts Centre, and online HERE.

The trademark exhibition was curated by two Aboriginal women for the first time in the event’s history. Senior curator-at-large at the National Gallery in Canberra, Hetti Kemerre Perkins, and assistant manager of Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre Marisa Maher.

Pictured: Mervyn Rubuntja, Selma Coulthard, Dellina Inkamala and Vanessa Inkamala with the Iltja Ntjarra display at Desert Mob 2022.

The Australian Ceramics Triennale

Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre will participate in the 2022 Australian Ceramics Triennale in Alice Springs Apmere Mparntwe. The art centre will feature in the Clay on Country exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre, and will also showcase unique ceramic vessels and platters at the art centre’s own gallery space. Additionally, Iltja Ntjarra will facilitate a watercolour painting masterclass to the public. Read on for more information.

Clay on Country
Developed by Artback NT, Clay on Country showcases the work of over 30 artists living and working in Central Australia, including Iltja Ntjarra artists Benita Clements, Dellina Inkamala, Selma Coulthard, Vanessa Inkamala, Clara Inkamala and Mervyn Rubuntja.

Where: Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
Exhibition opening: Tuesday 19 July, 3pm

Our Country in Paint and Clay
This exhibition showcases both watercolour works on paper and hand painted ceramic vessels and platters. The Iltja Ntjarra gallery is situated on-site at the art centre so come along during opening hours to view the works and meet the artists.

Where: Iltja Ntjarra Art Cenre, 29 Wilkinson St. Alice Springs
Exhibition opening: Wednesday July 20, 5.30pm

Watercolour Masterclass
Join artists from Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre for an informal and immersive experience learning to paint watercolours in the Hermannsburg painting tradition. Paint alongside descendants of iconic artist Albert Namatjira and experience, absorb and practice their approach to landscape painting.

Where: Iltja Ntjarra Art Cenre, 29 Wilkinson St. Alice Springs
When: Monday July 18, 1pm
Bookings essential: Click HERE