Four members of the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands art centre will visit Canberra from February 22nd to March 5th 2017.
This visit has emerged through close collaboration between the art centre, social change company BighArt, curator Alison French, the National Museum of Australia (NMA) and the Australian National University.
The Alice Springs based art centre is proudly Aboriginal owned. It is the home of practicing Hermannsburg School watercolour artists who continue to paint in the tradition of Albert Namatjira, arguably one of Australia’s most famous artists of the 20th century. The visit marks the first trip to the capital held by the newly incorporated art centre.
Lenie Nematjira and Gloria Pannka – world famous watercolourists and granddaughters of Albert Namatjira, acclaimed Hermannsburg Potter and watercolourist Clara Inkamala, and an art centre employee will have a busy schedule during their visit.
They will be honorary guests at the ANU, undertaking a print making artists in residency program. The ANU will also hold a selling exhibition at the Photospace, representing new watercolours from the art centre.
Thereafter, the group will celebrate the new exhibition about Ntaria, (Hermannsburg) and Namatjira’s legacy in the NMA’s Landmarks gallery. The exhibition displays a recent artwork by each of these 3 artists.
Finally, the artists will offer to the public a watercolour masterclass in the museum.
Lenie Namatjira, Landscapes from central Australia. Painting acquired by the National Museum of Australia.