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April @ Ngurratjuta: Professional Development, Aboriginal Art Sale – 40% off, Artists painting on site, Remembering the Twin Ghost Gums and an original Namatjira painting at Desert Park!
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NEWSLETTER APRIL 2013

Ngurratjuta Watercolour Artists Undergoing Professional Development with Big hART and Talapi Gallery

April was a busy month for Ngurratjuta, kicking off with us hosting a week of professional development for the watercolour artists on site here at Desert Park.  Facilitated by Big hART’s Namatjira Project and carried out in partnership with Ngurratjuta and Talapi Gallery, the week consisted of workshops, presentations and bush painting trips.  Talapi Gallery owner Kate Podger facilitated discussions around the current art market, the virtues of producing high quality works and the role learning from other artists can play in this.  The artists involved were very happy with what is the first in a series of professional development programs and we are looking forward to seeing what exciting things come out of it.  Congratulations to Big hART, Talapi and all the artists who came along and made this a successful week.

40% OFF ABORIGINAL ART SALE
Check out our website for the latest sales!

ALICE SPRINGS:  This Friday and Saturday from 10am – 2pm four Aboriginal Owned Art Centres are holding a sale with up to 40% off selected stock. 

Ngurratjuta Many Hands Arts & Gifts – Desert Park, Larapinta Drive  T: 8951 8748
Tangentyere Artists – 4 Elder Street   T: 8951 4242
Bindi – 47 Elder Street  T: 8952 7277
Tjanpi Desert Weavers – 3 Wilkinson Street   T: 8958 2377

Artists Painting at the Desert Park


Ngurratjuta has joined forces with the Desert Park to provide an opportunity to artists and tourists alike.  On Mondays and Thursdays artists access the art centre and art space at the Desert Park to paint from 10am – 3pm. 

Great Southern Rail are partnering with Ngurratjuta and the Desert Park and bring visitors to the art space where Ngurratjuta gives a presentation of artworks over morning tea and afterwards there is the opportunity for visitors to speak directly with artists, hear the story of the art and purchase works.

The art space has on display the latest works from contemporary watercolour artists as well as an Albert Namatjira original, The Organ Pipes.  This is a piece from the Ngurratjuta’s collection and is a very rare and beautiful piece for visitors to see.

Remembering the Twin Ghost Gums – An Exhibition

In January 2013 the Twin Ghost Gums, located west of Alice Springs in the West Macdonnell Ranges National Park, were lost to a suspicious fire.  The gums were made famous by Albert Namatjira and had become an iconic figure in the Australian cultural landscape.  The trees were being considered for inclusion on the Heritage Register and the loss has been a huge blow to Arrernte people.

In response to this Ngurratjuta and the watercolour artists have put together a series of 6 paintings depicting the Ghost Gums as they remember them. 

Each artist has offered their own unique perspective on the Twins and it has come together as a beautiful tribute to what was a famous landmark in Central Australia.  The exhibition is now hanging in the Ngurratjuta Art Space at Desert Park, Larapinta Drive.

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