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Reviving the legacy of Albert Namatjira

By JOHN P McD SMITH This article has been updated, 6 October 2020, 12.00pm It was in 1934 that Rex Battarbee and John Gardner exhibited their...

Ex-mayor fails in tilt for Assembly seat

By ERWIN CHLANDA Former mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) has been unsuccessful in his tilt at Territory politics for the CLP, failing to unseat the Territory...

Lambley leading in Araluen, Yan in Namatjira, postal votes now to be counted

By ERWIN CHLANDA On the count as of late on Wednesday this week, Robyn Lambley (Territory Alliance) would retain her seat of Araluen by 17...

Paterson stands for Territory Alliance

 

 

The Deputy Mayor (pictured in a charity ride from Alice Springs to Adelaide before public office) joins Mayor in quest for a seat in Parliament.

Electorate changes: no guarantee for consistency

 

 

Boundaries of electorates that were shunned when proposed 28 years are this year emerging as the answer to our prayers. So much for consistency, comments ALEX NELSON (pictured).

Namatjira is as big and diverse as candidate's family

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Not yet 30 and focused on a seat in the Assembly, Chansey Paech (pictured in the middle of the back row with part of his family) believes in well funded NGOs and responsible government working together as the ideal problem solvers. He spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

Paech, McConnell to stand for Labor

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Candidates for Stuart, Namatjira announced. Will Chansey Paech (pictured) cause another $100,000 council by-election? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Current political upheaval mirrors the past

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One fact that stands out from all the controversy swirling around Territory politics at present is just how closely it echoes the events of a quarter century ago that almost unravelled the CLP in the 1980s. ALEX NELSON comments. He is pictured when he was chosen as the CLP Member of the Year in August 1990.

Namatjira descendants look to their future

 

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.

Two packed houses get shot in the arm from the play, Namatjira

Laughter, more than tears, tells this foundation story of black-white relations.

 

What did we feel coming away from the show of the theatre production, Namatjira? That things will get better, that they are better – between black and white Australians and for Aboriginal people themselves. And this was despite the sad, even bleak last scenes that show the unrelenting pressures on famed Arrernte watercolour painter Albert Namatjira as he tried to manage his success in the white world and his position within his own large family and wider clan; and despite our recognition that these pressures in many ways are unchanged today.

So how better? By the very fact these two outstanding Aboriginal performers, Trevor Jamieson and Derek Lynch, and all their collaborators, are able to trace this foundation story of black-white relations through laughter, more than tears, and through a rich narrative, not ideology, sentiment and slogans. And by the fact that they have drawn sell-out houses around Australia; that 850 people, mostly remote community residents,  traveled into Ntaria / Hermannsburg  for the staging of the play there last Wednesday night; that Araluen sold out two shows on Saturday and could probably have sold out a third. We are hungry for this – being able to laugh at ourselves, at our collective foibles, clumsiness, ignorance as we deal with one another, being able to rejoice in the creativity and friendships that bridge the gaps. For the revelatory story of the show is the friendship (much more than mentorship) between Namatjira and the World War I veteran turned artist Rex Battarbee – the ways that art opened up possibilities for them both, became the bridge between them and the ground for a friendship that endured. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

 

Pictured: Derek Lynch (left) and Trevor Jamieson, with artists from the Namatjira family in the background. Photo by Grant McIntyre, courtesy Big hART.

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