In this film of the project the “remarkable triumph”of Albert Namatjira's friendship with Rex Battarbee and what they achieved together takes second place to the story of the artist's financial legacy, which also seems to have raised false hopes amongst the descendants.
Ngurratjuta Many Hands Artists are getting ready for Tarnanthi, the Art Gallery of South Australia's inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, celebrated “on a scale that has never been seen before in South Australia”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The worth of investing in the artistic development of the fifth generation of Namatjira descendants, most of them still school children, is clear. Of the fourth generation only Elton Wirri, born in 1990, has really made a name for himself as an artist. And how did he do it? By starting young, painting alongside his father Kevin and with application, over and over. This is what the young people are once again doing now, thanks to the commitment of artists of the third generation with the support of Big hART and Ntaria School. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured:Mount Wedge, 2010 by Martha Namatjira.
A shot in the arm for the watercolour movement ... and chance for visitors to have contact with Aboriginal people
It's an opportunity that will surely be the envy of many: the Ngurratjuta art centre has bought the gift shop at the Alice Springs Desert Park. It will be used to exhibit and promote the work of its artists, and provide an income to their enterprise from its trade in the full line of gifts and souvenirs. The Desert Park is also keen to have the artists painting on site and this looks set to happen from late March next year, as the cooler weather arrives. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Coordinator Iris Bendor installing the watercolour display at the Desert Park shop.
Many Hands Art Centre going through a restructure after royalties cease
It was a gratifying moment: a Helpmann Award trophy, won by the production Namatjira which told the story of their illustrious ancestor, was put into the hands of Kevin Namatjira and family yesterday. Namatjira won the Best Regional Touring Production category, against competition from the likes of Bell Shakespeare. But there was something further on the artists' minds yesterday: what will be the future of Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra, also known as the Many Hands Art Centre? KIERAN FINNANE reports.