With most Aboriginal art centres in the region in various stages of coronavirus shutdown, the focus of their advocacy body, Desart, is on preparing for recovery. Research showing the centres' slow but steady recovery since the GFC makes CEO Philip Watkins quietly confident. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Works containing “a great deal of cultural power” created by “black-skinned proud Aboriginal people” have once again made their journey across the surrounding desert lands to the Araluen Arts Centre. The annual Desert Mob opened last night with this vivid image evoked by Rene Kulitja and translated by Linda Rive. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
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Keeping the traditional law alive while moving his people out of welfare dependency, that's what Frank Young – lawman, artist and administrative leader – sees as his mission in the sprawling APY lands. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.
“Extraordinary contemporary art by some of Central Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists” in a “truly unique event” – this is almost upon us with the annual Desert Mob, no need to wait for Parrtjima. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
There’s the art and there’s the mob. You don’t get one without the other and in many way Desert Mob has always carried a message of ‘This is who we are’, even if for the outsider the message has often, even mostly, been beautifully opaque. Many artists have told us to not “try to see behind the veil” but others are availing themselves of a range of means to invite us in, on their terms. KIERAN FINNANE reports on her experience of Desert Mob 2014.
CLARIFICATION: Hetti Perkins did not use the word 'national' when she made these comments on a "cultural centre or some form of facility in Alice Springs". See FULL STORY.
Plans for a national Indigenous culture centre in Alice Springs are progressing behind the scenes, prominent Indigenous art world figure, Hetti Perkins, told the crowd at the opening last night of annual Desert Mob. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
From Aboriginal art centres across the deserts comes one of the most significant interfaces between Central Australia and the rest of the world. KIERAN FINNANE reports from Desert Mob, the exhibition and the symposium.
Pictured:Warmurrungu by Nyarapayi Giles, Tjarlirli Arts.