Over 20 years Franca Barraclough has made an outstanding contribution to the arts community in Alice Springs. She's got the images for her new work in the can. Now she's inviting the public to help fund making them really big. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Make 2016 your year to get involved in your local arts scene, go to shows, watch plays, listen to community radio, support your friends and your neighbours and just get amongst it, writes LAURIE MAY (pictured).
27 operators are part of a project which incorporates four separate art trails across Central Australia and the Barkly, writes Adam Giles, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and Minister for Tourism.
SLIDESHOW In colloquial speech, to souvenir something means to steal it. This is the drift of some of the objects created for Souvenir, an exhibition at Watch This Space, the Space's show for the Alice Desert Festival. It "explores the wilds of central Australia via the imagery of keepsake". KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
Pictured above: Shaken, Rattled and Rolled by Jane Leonard – souvenirs of life-changing moments instead of geographical places.
Slideshow: Alice Springs – Bleeding Heart Central, detail of map by Franca Barraclough and Beth Sometimes • Cultural AppropriApron by Hannah-May Caspar • The Sorry Souvenir Phenomenon, detail, by Beth Sometimes • Toile de jouy – The fabric of life, detail, by Mel Darr • Littel Well by Jane Young • "I've been to Alice Springs but I've never been to me" by Jane Leonard • Shaken, Rattled and Rolled by Jane Leonard • A Keepsake for the Local by Kim Webeck • No Snow Dome – The East Side Pole (left) and No Snow Dome – Flynn's Grave, both by Dan Murphy.
Curious tourists, mothers with prams and workers on their lunch break walking down the Todd Mall yesterday were unexpectedly joined by three silent, bright eyed, pale clothed, ‘other-old-worldly’ strangers.
This was the Post Family performance, the third of the ‘Happenings’ in this year’s Alice Desert Festival. As we all know, the Festival features a vibrant program celebrating artists, dancers, actors and musicians from Central Australia – besides a selection of what I’m told are Australia’s hottest acts. Pictured are The Post Family trying to figure out Todd Mall. Photo by OLIVER ECLIPSE.