10th September 2015
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Money Story

On the 13th July 2015, we held a meeting with the artists about the money story to explain the process of receiving painting money. This was very important because the artists wanted to know how much they get once their painting is sold.

Marisa, our art worker, delivered a PowerPoint presentation and answered artists’ questions.  The artists were very happy with the outcome of the meeting. In the future there will be more presentations. 

Artist Money Story meeting, pictured Judith Lovell (CDU mentoring), Mervyn Rubuntja, Gloria Pannka, Therese Ryder, Marisa Maher, Gwenda Namatjira and Lenie Namatjira. 

Tarnanthi Festival

The Art Gallery of South Australia presents Tarnanthi, the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. The festival will run from the 8th -18th October in Adelaide. 

Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra, Many Hands Art Centre, in partnership with the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and RAFT artspace, will present the complete Namatjira skirts collection and circle paintings at the Tarnanthi Festival. Watercolour landscapes from the art centre will also be presented at the Art Fair at Tandanya Cultural Institute, providing the opportunity to buy works of art directly from our art centre.

Ngurratjuta Many Hands artists are working on a collaborative piece (see picture below) to showcase in the art fair. This work was inspired by our recent painting on country trip. 

Painting on country

We recently went on a day trip out to Jessie Gap in the East MacDonnell Ranges with some of our artists. We spent the morning looking at the scenery and taking photos of the landscape. Inspired by the trip, the artists completed a collaborative piece which they painted on a large scale watercolour board. This landscape painting begins at Jessie Gap - East McDonnell Ranges and continues through to Honeymoon Gap - West MacDonnell Ranges. 

Lenie Namatjira, Freda Campbell, Gwenda Namatjira and Ivy Pareroultja painting at Jessie Gap  (left) and Honeymoon Gap (right).


Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and Telstra Arts Awards

On August 7th, Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre traveled to Darwin for the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and the Telstra Arts Awards. Hubert Pareroultja's circle painting - Tnarkarra (Dreaming) was a finalist in the Telstra Arts Awards. 

Over the past four years the Fair has generated over $4 million in sales for Art Centres (like us!), with all sales going directly back to us at the Art Centres, and our communities. This year was the biggest Fair yet, with almost 10,000 people walking through the doors to see art works, learn from our artists and to immerse themselves in Indigenous culture. 
In the lead up to their 10th Anniversary, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is running a fundraising campaign so that they can support more Art Centres to attend the Fair and to provide more professional opportunities for the Art Centres….including us! 
We would LOVE you to donate to the campaign so that we can be part of a bigger and better event in 2016 and showcase our Art Centre to the world. 
With the campaign ending TOMORROW, the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair needs your help RIGHT NOW! Can you help them reach their $25,000 fundraising goal? All donations (whether $10 or $10,000) are tax deductible and appreciated! 
Go to to find out more, DONATE and see the video from the 2015 Fair! (The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is a registered charity and donations at all levels are tax deductible.). Thanks in advance for your support! 


Hubert Pareroultja - Tnarkarra (Dreaming)

Desert Mob Symposium

Desert Mob was held from the 3rd to the 5th of September at the Araluen Arts Centre. Many art centres had traveled from far away to Alice Springs to be a part of the 25th Desert Mob. Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre had the opportunity to show case our landscape painting skirts (Produced by the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Bernice Bristow) in the first ever fashion parade. Art centres that produced new works in the fashion parade were: Tangentyere Artist (NT) , Yarrenyty Arltere Artist (NT)  , Tjala Arts (SA) and Warrakurna Artists (WA) as well as our art centre.  

Delene, Nicole and Kylah Inkamala.
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