A work by artists painting in the Hermannsburg watercolour tradition has been highly commended at this year's Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Knara Nunaka Tjurretja (detail at left) brings together in an innovative collaborative collage individual paintings by artists from the Alice Springs based Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra, Many Hands Art Centre.
Desert Mob, now in its 23rd consecutive year, is Central Australia’s leading art exhibition claiming national and even international attention. But if you were been looking for an exploration of the work on its walls, of formal practice and aesthetic choices, then the Desert Mob Symposium (last September 6), was not the place to find it. Titled Faces, Places, Spaces it was not immediately concerned with the exhibition, but with art production as a socially valuable activity. ANNA GEORGIA MACKAY reflects upon the day. Pictured: Ngamaru Bidu, Nola Taylor, Muuki Taylor and Gabrielle Sullivan during the Martumili Artists presentation.
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.