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     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 September and November of 2017 – and also in 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 currently open to application;

1         January to March 2018

2         April to June 2018

3         July to September 2018

4         October to December 2018

5         January to March 2019

Applications close on the 15th October 2017.


   TACTILE ARTS, based in Darwin will stage another of their popular Craft Fairs Saturday, 25th November – Christmas Craft Fair. Tactile Arts is located at Bullocky Point, 19 Conacher Street, Fannie Bay (Darwin). www.tactilearts.org.au

Indigo Dyeing Fabric with Meng Hoeschle & Pam Hefner. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn the ancient Japanese techniques of Indigo Dyeing. This fun and informative workshop runs over three sessions where students will learn the history of indigo dying in Japan, the properties and types of indigo, exposure to Japanese textiles and the traditional preparation techniques to create gorgeous patterns on fabric! Tea and coffee will be provided however please bring lunch. Saturday 2 & 9 September @ Howard Springs: 10am – 4pm. www.tactilearts.org.au

Bábbarra Designs – an Exhibition at Central Craft, Alice Springs from BABBARRA WOMEN’s CENTRE. June Marriott Gallery, Sept 6-24. Bábbarra Women’s Centre is our place, on our country. We women are from more than 12 language groups in the Maningrida region. We come together at Babbarra Women’s Centre to share our knowledge and ideas. That’s what led us to set up our main social enterprise: Bábbarra Designs. It’s been going strong since 1989. We design and hand-print exquisite textiles that we sell around the world. Each length of fabric is unique and tells the ancestral stories of our Arnhem Land country and cultures. People tell us our designs are bold and elegant, but for us they are more than designs: these designs tell the stories of our lives. They bring a lot of joy to everyone – to us, our families and our customers alike. Working creatively with Bábbarra Designs is a way for us to achieve financial independence, for our community and the next generations. Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs NT 0870. Ph: 89524417 Email: directors@centralcraft.org.au Web: www.centralcraft.org.au

     DESERT MOB: Presented in partnership with Desart : Exhibition Opening At the ARALUEN Centre: Thursday 7 September, 5.30pm. Symposium: Friday 8 September, 10.00am – 3.30pm. MarketPlace: Saturday 9 September, 10.00am – 2.00pm. Friday 8 September – 22 October. Desert Mob is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation, bringing together Desart-member art centres from across vast regions of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Desert Mob is a unique annual gathering of artists, artworks and audiences, in the heart of the region, Alice Springs. Desert Mob continues to be a bold and exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism, and over its 27 year history has remained the most immediate interface between Aboriginal art making in remote desert communities and the wider world. The Desert Mob 2017 opening, including Exhibition, Symposium and MarketPlace, presents the latest developments in contemporary Aboriginal art, and invites you to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country. Tjanpi Desert Weavers are holding an Artists’ Talk on 9th September at 1:30pm in Gallery 1. As well they will be part of the Market Place on that day.

     aRt of surPrise: Aboriginal art from Central Australia. This exhibition, on from 1-21 October and drawn from the Araluen Collection, explores the development of Aboriginal art in Central Australia. It highlights fundamental themes and key moments that have informed and shaped Aboriginal artists across Central Australia and ultimately the evolution of Aboriginal art. It also highlights the endless capacity of artists and their ability to produce art that not only intrigues and inspires but also demonstrates the flourishing and constantly evolving Aboriginal art movement. The works are exciting, thought-provoking and highlight its endless evolution and intrigue which has lead to one of the most significant art movements this country has seen. The Araluen Arts Centre is located at 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs. Open daily from 101m-4pm.

2018 BEANIE FESTIVAL dates (Alice Springs): 29 June to 2 July, 2018. For more information go to: www.beaniefest.org

The Australia Wide 5 exhibition from OzQuilt Network is touring to Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in Katherine NT from 31 January – 3 March 2018.This is a juried touring exhibition of OZQN members’ works with each being 40 x 40cm.