Our special Christmas exhibition is now online.
What if this photograph is by Albert Namatjira? – Revisited
This is a project by contemporary Western Aranda artists working within the heritage of Albert Namatjira or ‘Hermannsburg school’ of watercolour painting. This project engages a less well-known aspect of this heritage – photographs. The artists have created a body of paintings in response to photographs from the South Australian Museum’s Battarbee Collection, which includes the rich photographic archive of the Victorian artist Rex Battarbee. These photographs were mostly taken in the mid to late 1930s in and around Ntaria/Hermannsburg, mostly through Tjoritja/the West MacDonnell Ranges.
3 October – 27 October
On Friday the 7th of September, Neighbouring art centres, Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands, and Tangentyere Artists will open their doors after hours for the public to feast their eyes on some of the latest works coming out of their Centres.
The public is invited to our art centre on 29 Wilkinson Street to view exquisite watercolours painted by the Namatjira School of Art.
Our exhibition opening this year is called ‘Tjina Mob’, meaning ‘next door’.
This exciting display features new artworks from the Namatjira School painters, celebrating the beloved West MacDonnell Ranges, with featuring artists including: Hubert Pareroultja, Mervyn Rubuntja, Kevin Namatjira, Benita Clements, and Kathy Inkamala.
As an extra draw card this year, we will also be exhibiting some works by renowned artist, Arthur Murch, generously donated to the Namatjira Legacy Trust.
From 1933-1965 Arthur produced many works inspired by his trips to Central Australia, including portraits of Robina Namatjira, wife of Albert Namatjira.
In 1933 Arthur Murch travelled to Ntaria in Central Australia with a research team of Sydney doctors, living with Indigenous communities. This trip sparked Murch’s interest in painting the people and landscapes of the Australian interior, which he continued over the next three decades.
Again In 1964, Arthur and his daughter Michelle returned to Ntaria. Arthur taught drawing and sculpting skills at Ntaria school. On return to Sydney, Arthur produced many works inspired by this trip, including portraits of Rubina Namatjira, Wife of Albert Namatjira which amongst others will be exhibited.
Around the corner at 16 Fogarty Street, Tangentyere Artists are exhibiting Town Camp Stories, a beautiful range of paintings from the Tangentyere Artists studio accompanied by a range of richly embroidered soft sculptures by the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists that depict diverse aspects of their lives in Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp, from gardening, to riding the bus.
Looking forward seeing you,
Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands
29 Wilkinson St
08 7979 3452
16 Fogarty St
08 8951 4232