NT – News & Events

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival takes place in 2020 from June 26-29 with a theme of Stitching the Seasons.  More information from https://beaniefest.org/

At Araluen Arts Centre until 11 February 2020: Franca Barraclough The Visitors. A visual survey of people, paths and stories woven through the sociological landscape of contemporary Central Australian culture, a distillation of poignant local imagery harnessed to give an artistic account of the impacts and influences on desert life. Also: Masters of innovation – Araluen Collection. Aboriginal artists from Central Australia are great innovators who draw on deep cultural knowledge to create artworks that break new ground using a unique artistic language. This exhibition provides an avenue to experience the evolution of the modern Aboriginal art movement and its extraordinary strength, energy and innovation. The Araluen Centre is located at 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs.

      At Araluen Arts Centre from 8 May – 21 June: Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. The art makes us think of our culture in another way and what we want people to know. It’s good for everyone to have a place like this it helps us be part of both worlds” – Dulcie Sharpe. Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is a thriving creative hub that has led the emergence of an entirely new form of artmaking. The artists create contemporary soft sculptures as they explore their experience, place and culture. Yarrenyty Arltere Artists was born out of the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre which in 2020 marks 20 years of service. The Centre has had an immeasurable impact, strengthening the community, building capacity of artists and elevating culture. This exhibition reflects on the strength and longevity of Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and celebrates its innovation, creativity and diversity. Exciting new sculptures will be presented alongside a number of early works drawn from the Araluen Collection that capture the context of this movement. A curated selection of animations will bring to life the sculptural characters the artists are renowned for, to create an experience that encapsulates the energy of the artists and their art centre.

    Desert Mob 2020 Celebrating 30 Years. Presented by Araluen Arts Centre and Desart from 10 September – 25 October. In 2020, Desert Mob celebrates 30 years! Over that time, Desert Mob, has fostered and charted the incredible rise of Aboriginal art from the desert to its current eminent position as one of the most important art movements and forms of cultural expression in the world. Since its inception in 1991, Desert Mob has become an event of national significance, representing the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from Desart-member art centres from the desert regions and communities of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.Desert Mob 2020 will be vibrant and celebratory, a unique moment where artists and audiences converge on the Araluen Arts Centre in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). It will feature an opening night of performances and the revealing of hundreds of new, innovative artworks from emerging and established artists; a day-long symposium of powerful projects, presentations and artist talks; an affordable art marketplace supporting ethical purchasing from Aboriginal owned art centres, and associated events at venues across Mparntwe. Desert Mob 2020 is an unmissable opportunity to experience and share in the art, stories and vitality of the world’s richest living culture. Symposium 11 September; Marketplace 12 September.

    At Araluen Arts Centre from 27 November – 5 December: TQ20: Territory Quilts 2020. Presented by the Alice Springs Quilting Club. Territory Quilts 2020 (TQ20) brings together the finest work by both amateur and professional quilters from across the Northern Territory, presented by the long established Alice Springs Quilting Club. Outstanding examples of quilting practice are acknowledged and awarded by a guest judge. Reflecting creativity and craftsmanship, hand and machine approaches, the traditional and experimental, TQ20 also operates as a place for the exchange of ideas and skills between members and those interested in the art of quilting. Mesmerising with its colour, pattern, abstraction, story telling and social commentary, TQ20 is an invitation to the community to share in the joy of patchwork, piecing, quilting and camaraderie.

     Australia Wide Six (a project of OzQuilt Network Inc) will be at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine (NT) from now until 21 February 2020.

     CURTIN SPRINGS  is a very special place, located 100km east of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and 360km from Alice Springs. Ask about their 3-day (residential) Papermaking Workshops during 2019. This is an ‘opportunity to be involved in paper making at every stage: cutting grass, preparing pulp, all aspects of the actual making of paper, and then how to use your paper to express your own art or to explore YOUR interpretation of our amazing landscape…. Nature is literally transformed in this remote and special part of Central Australia, where native grasses are harvested, pulped and pressed to create a distinctive and beautiful souvenir of Central Australia… The three night stay workshop is fully inclusive of 3 nights (twin share) accommodation in an ensuite room, 2 course dinner each night and a cooked breakfast each morning, privileged access to private land including a visit to the Salt Lakes and Mt Conner, all workshop materials, a paper pack and workshops by our experienced paper makers and our permanent artist-in-residence. The full information pack is available from https://www.curtinsprings.com/curtin-springs-paper/  The contact is Amee Porter P +61 8 8956 2906   I   F +61 8 8956 2934  E enquiries@curtinsprings.com

Information from Samantha Tannous: ‘Curtin Springs Station is a huge cattle station of more than a million acres, situated about 100km east of Uluru. The area offers so much variety – it’s like travelling to different planets. Clay pans, sand dunes, Mt Conner, salt lakes, mallee stands – all supporting a diverse range of creatures, living alongside the cattle grazing on the many grasses present. The station has diversified its operations over time, so that in dry periods that can extend more than 10 years, they can reduce their cattle herds and still make a living from tourism.  About five years ago, after a casual comment from a visiting scientist, the owners were inspired to repurpose the old abattoir on the property into a paper mill.  Here hand-made papers are produced from a wide variety of grasses harvested from the property.  They also give guided tours twice a day, run workshops, produce paper for jewellery, sell framed photographs of the station, and have an artists-in-residence program. The station grows a wide variety of grasses, which are harvested by hand and turned into paper…’