Visit to Canberra 2017
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Namatjira artists visit the nation's capital to celebrate with our friends at BIGhART 

“When Albert painted with Rex for the first time, he did something that no-one else had done before. He was really brave to take that step, and he started something that we are really proud of. We need to be brave too, to make sure we keep his legacy alive.”

Gloria Pannka, speaking at the launch of the Namatjira Legacy Trust (March 2017)

Clara Inkamala, Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka in conversation at the launch of the Namatjira Legacy Trust, held at the National Museum on Friday 3rd March 2017
This week saw an historic occasion.

On behalf of the extended Namatjira family, Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka signed the trust document that would officially launch the Namatjira Legacy Trust. This platform has been crafted by the tireless team at BIGhART in conjunction with the Namatjira family, and proudly supported by Iltja Ntjarra in order to provide better opportunities for the Western Aranda artists.

This important event is the culmination of many years of dedicated work by all involved, in an effort to highlight the controversial current ownership of the copyright of Albert Namatjira’s works and provide a platform to raise funds for the return of the copyright to the Namatjira family.

During their visit, the esteemed members of the Hermannsburg School of Art were joined by emerging Watercolourist and acclaimed Hermannsburg Potter, Clara Inkamala. Together, the artists completed a Printmaking Residency at the ANU studios, generously hosted by Alison Alder, Rebecca Mayo, Nicci Haynes and current students. Following on from a previous residency held in 2015, Gloria and Lenie were proud to share with Clara their unique methods for relief printing - the carving of imagery of their West MacDonnell Ranges landscapes into lino plates.

The artists brought with them intaglio prints from the editions that were executed as part of the original residency, as well as recent watercolour pieces that were shown in a commercial exhibition titled ‘Pmara Nurnakanha Parta- kurta (Our country, hill habitats)’ held at the Photospace room at the ANU School of Art.

We had a wonderful time with old friends and new, thank you to everyone for all of your support!

Some other fun parts of our trip are shown below:
With some intrigued students at our Watercolour Masterclass held at the NMA
Viewing works by Hermannsburg artists and family members, with Curator Jennifer Wilson at the National Museum
Viewing pieces in the collection of the National Library with Alison French

View our NEW watercolour paintings HERE

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