Our Namatjira Fashion exhibitions open this week in Alice Springs and Sydney!
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This month we look at:
  • RAFT Artspace Alice Springs - exhibition opens this Friday
  • Sydney - We are in Wonder LAND exhibition and symposium this week
  • New works at Talapi gallery, Alice Springs
  • Mervyn Rubuntja and Hubert Pareroultja at Tjungu festival
  • Our watercolour workshop at Coober Pedy
  • Hubert Pareroultja - Finalist at the 2015 Telstra prize
  • Sad news
  • New works available at
The Namatjira Fashion Collection

Our paintings have become moving works of art! A Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre collection titled: â€œInti Ljapa Ljapa Irapakalam, butterfly going round and round” will be presented this Friday at RAFT artspace. 

The watercolour landscapes, originally created as round works on paper through a workshop at the Batchelor Institute were scanned by LUXLAB at iGLAM UNSW with a new ultra-high resolution scanner before being printed onto fabric in the USA and tailored by Bernice Bristow in Alice Springs. The exhibition will also feature collectible scarves and handkerchiefs.  

Exhibition opening: 6pm Friday MAY 15 | Showing May 15 – june 6
Raft Artspace: 8 Hele Crescent Alice Springs NT

Thank you to all the wonderful supporters of our Pozible campaign. Due to your contributions we have been able to transform our recent landscapes into beautiful 1950's style circle skirts and scarves. We are working on distributing the rewards as promised!

You can view the full collection of circle paintings and skirts HERE
In the picture: skirt design by Hubert Pareroultja, Mount Giles, NT. Modeled by Rita May, photo courtesy Batchelor Institute and RAFT artspace.  

We are in Wonder LAND

The new exhibition “We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from Central Australia” opens in Sydney on May 15. Our skirts will be revealed to Sydney audiences alongside over 70 artworks from other art centres as part of the first national exhibition to explore experimentation in contemporary Central and Western Australian desert art. 

Artist Gloria Pannka and art worker Marisa Maher will attend the event and participate in the symposium.

The exhibition will run from May 15 to August 15 at the UNSW Galleries, Paddington Campus, Cnr of Greens Road and Oxford Street, Paddington.

We are in Wonder LAND is a partnership between Desart Inc. and the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA/UNSW Art & Design), supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Research Council and Cicada Press curated by Philip Watkins (EO Desart Inc.), Jennifer Biddle and Lisa Stefanoff (NIEA) with curatorial advisor Brenda L. Croft. 

In the picture: skirt design by Gloria Pannka, Tjuritja (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT).

In The Wild

The exhibition "In The Wild" is currently running at Talapi Gallery in Alice Springs. Artists from Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre have a selection of new works available at the exhibition.  "In the Wild" runs until June 14. 

Painting by Mervyn Rubuntja, Mt. Giles, NT


Mervyn Rubuntja and Hubert Pareroultja attended the Tjungu Festival at Uluru which was held in April. The artists were excited to visit the rock and said: "Uluru is the Parliment House of Aboriginal people".


A watercolour workshop was held at the Umoona Youth Centre at the start of May which was open to any Indigenous artists interested in watercolours. Mervyn Rubuntja and Hubert Pareroultja were invited to Coober Pedy to assist the artists with their landscape painting skills. Artworks from this workshop will be displayed at the Our Mob Exhibitions in Port Augusta and Adelaide later in the year.

Josh Dingaman, Ian Crombie, Hubert Pareroultja, Dean Walker, Mervyn Rubuntja and George Cooley

2015 Telstra prize

Artist HUBERT PAREROULTJA is a senior Western Arrarnta-Luritja man who lives at Kulpitharra west of Hermannsburg (Ntaria). He has been announced as a finalist in the 32 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award with his spectacular circular painting. 
Sad news
Sadly we have recently lost two fellow artists. Their names are Peter Taylor and Dougie Abbott.

We say in language - Kunya - poor thing. We are sad and think a lot about them when we are painting because they are no longer with us to paint. The funeral of Dougie Abbott will be held in Alice Springs at the end of May.
New watercolours available on our website
Check out the new paintings we have worked on recently. If you are interested in any don't hesitate to visit our website


Painting by Mervyn RubuntjaTjuritja (West MacDonnell Ranges, NT)


Painting by Lenie Namatjirapast Glen Helen gorge, my grandfather’s country.


Painting by Stanley Ebataringa, Haasts Bluff, NT


Painting by Gwenda Namatjira, Glen Helen, NT

Painting by Therese Ryder, East MacDonnell Ranges, NT


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