NT – News & Events

    Central Craft, Alice Springs is hosting a celebration of long-time A.S. resident and creative woman, Philomena Hali who is moving to W.A. “We want to celebrate everything Philomena has brought to our organisation and the town. We will be holding a retrospective of her work from March 10th – 31st (with many thanks to Araluen Arts Centre for sharing their acquisitions).

Sewing up a Storm in the Desert is a TEXTILE ART RETREAT being offered by Caroline Sharkey from 4-6 August 2018 in the inspiring environment of the Red Centre. The Desert Threads Art Prize with the theme, ‘Desert Dreaming’ will be launched at the retreat. Visit www.textileartworkshopsonline.com or email csharkey@westnet.com.au

2018 BEANIE FESTIVAL dates (Alice Springs): 29 June to 2 July, 2018. This year’s theme is reach for the stars. There are many awards up for grabs, including the Ziggy Stardust Prize (for a beanie celebrating space travel, science fiction worlds and pop culture characters), and the Night Skies Prize (for a beanie celebrating the moon and constellations, indigenous and non-indigenous astronomy and navigation, and our love of a campfire under a night sky). There are also awards for felting, embellishment, knitting/crochet, kids, and even the best tea cosy that reaches for the starts! The closing dates for entries (for sale or competition) is 25th May. The program of workshops and events will be released in April 2018. For more information on how to enter a beanie, volunteer, or a  For more information go to: www.beaniefest.org

      CURTIN SPRINGS  is a very special place, located 100km east of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and 360km from Alice Springs. You can enjoy one of their 3-day (residential) Papermaking Workshops during 2018 (Feb/March; August and October) and even into 2019 (March).  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 Here are more details:

·         Curtin Springs Paper uses the gifts of mother nature to create a beautiful and authentic product.

·         Very little paper in Australia is based purely on grasses or botanicals.

·         Our wide range of native grasses provide a very individual and authentic opportunity for experienced paper makers. For those new to the art, using materials that were the basis of the first papers is a very humbling and rewarding experience.

·         The workshops are designed to allow participants to not only get hands on with making their own paper, but to spend some time on the station, seeing where the grasses come from, how they fit into the landscape and how they differ.

·         You are then able to use your paper to express your own art or to explore the frustrated artist in you!

·          The itineraries include a 4wd visit to the salt lakes and to Mt Conner – allowing you to gain inspiration from the landscape.  There is only one Mt Conner – which stands as a true monolith in the landscape. Mt Conner is 3 times larger around the base than Ayers Rock, it is the headstone for the Severin family.

·         The exclusive access means that you enjoy stepping into this amazing landscape, without having to share it with others. You can see how beef production is intrinsically linked to protecting our million acre wildlife corridor.

     Curtin Springs Paper are very excited to launch our – Artist in Residence program. Applications are now open for our 2018 residencies. If you would like to join us, please apply using the information pack.

The purpose of the Curtin Springs Artist in Residence Program is to encourage and foster the collaboration, experimentation, use and purpose of Curtin Springs handmade paper across various art forms.

The goals of the Curtin Springs Artist in Residence Program are to:

•         Provide four artist in residence opportunities to artists and craft persons per year.

•         Support the creation of new work inspired by our amazing Central Australian landscape and potentially incorporating Curtin Springs Paper in different art forms.

•         Encourage participation and promotion of hand paper making.

•         Provide skill transfer between our resident papermakers and artists living in a remote environment with other artists in different art forms.

•         Promote art in all its forms to the travellers passing through Central Australia.

•         Create awareness and understanding of the environment, remote living, balancing production with protection of environmental assets and the relationships between
the flora, fauna and people in this remote landscape.

•         To share the wonders of our home.

Important Dates:

Four residencies are available in each calendar year. One in each quarter. The exact dates and length of the residency (between 10 and 28 days) will be negotiated between the successful artist and Curtin Springs Paper but must be undertaken during the specified months.

There are 5 residencies you can enquire about:

1         July to September 2018

2         July to September 2018

3         October to December 2018

4         January to March 2019