Following the huge demand for a space representing the descendents and extended family of Albert Namatjira, Ngurratjuta Many Hands will unveil a new watercolour exhibition for art lovers of all ages, thanks to the generous support of the Ngurratjuta-Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation and the Alice Springs Desert Park.
Officially launched on Friday, 22 March 2013 at 5pm, by the Hermannsburg landscape artists, The Art Space will be responsive to the Ngurratjuta Many Hands’ extensive collection of watercolour landscapes from the last 9 years, making available a place for Arrernte Artists to come together to paint, share and learn new techniques and ideas.
Ngurratjuta Many Hands Coordinator, Iris Bendor says “The new gift shop and exhibition space are dynamic locations of cultural education and audience engagement.”
“The Art Space also signals the organisation’s commitment to developing its artists and audiences – now and into the future. It represents a bold step forward for the Hermannsburg landscape artists, into the community, to embrace art lead learning experiences and the Arrernte tradition. “
Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Space will feature a unique exhibition of the famous “Twin Gums” painting of Albert Namatjira, executed by 3rd generation watercolour artists. During the festive opening Scott Pullyblank – The Desert Park Life Sciences curator will talk about the rejuvenation of Central Australian gum trees.
The Hermannsburg choir will hold a concert during the event
The art space will also showcase work of featured talented watercolour artists including Mervyn Rubuntja, Ivy Pareroultja and Peter Taylor as well as beautiful painted pots by the Hermannsburg potters.
Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Space will encourage visitors to engage with Albert Namatjira’s life and art. It will showcase rare collectibles such as photographs, books and letters. The exhibition will house the largest collection of contemporary watercolour paintings by Hermannsburg school artists in Australia. It will provide the opportunity to keep track of the artists’ developments, or compare their paintings with works by other watercolour artists from previous generations.
Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Space will be officially launched by the Ngurrutjuta corporation, Desert Park and the Hermannsburg artists on Friday 22 march 2013 and will open to the public to coincide with the Alice Springs Desert Park experience. Launch details below:
What: Official launch of The Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Space
When: Friday 22 March 2013 5pm
Where: Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Space, Alice Springs Desert Park
Meet near the Park’s entry station, Main Doors entrance, near the Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art and Gifts shop.