Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands art centre presents: ABDUCTED!

Upcoming Exhibition @ Alcaston Gallery Melbourne; 29 Nov - 15 Dec 2016
"There are different types of aliens in our own country. Real aliens – Alice Springs is a UFO hotspot for sightings and the CIA establishment out here - it is very spooky and mysterious.  Walberlla (white people) are Aliens who came to this country and because they don’t know about it they are destroying the landscape with mining and industry. Our culture is abducted and our human rights are abused. Our healthy land gave us healthy food, now we have fast food and an unhealthy life. So, we have abducted our own work to show new things."  

Many Hands artists supported by the mentorship of leading Australian artist Tony Albert.
Below: Gloria Pannka, Mining on Our Country.

Community Preview Screening this Friday

Werte Ntaria (Hermannsburg) Community and Friends of the Namatjira Project in Alice Springs:
A preview of the feature-length documentary made by Big hART and the Namatjira Family will be screened this Friday.

The Desert Mob exhibition at Araluen Arts Centre is on until the 23rd of October. If you couldn't make it to Alice Springs you can view the online exhibition HERE.

Mervyn Rubuntja features at the 2016 Desert Mob with his work:
Kaputa Orbula (Black hair Wallaby’s Dreaming) – Head to Tail - Acrylic on linen; 182.5 x 243.5 cm 

Desart's Cultural Exchange

Many Hands art centre recently hosted eight artists from Shanghai; artists worked side by side at the Art Centre and took a field trip to Standley Chasm in the West MacDonnell Ranges. The exchange explored contemporary Chinese art, working in ceramics, and watercolour painting in the Hermannsburg tradition. We thank Suzi Lyon, arts lecturer at the Charles Darwin University for her support in this project.

The aim of the exchange program, an initiative of Desart, the Shanghai International Culture Association and Gallerist Mr Yongkang Sun, is to build awareness of Aboriginal Art from Central Australia in Shanghai through artist exchanges and exhibitions. In 2014 Mervyn Rubuntja and Mr P. Taylor took part in an artist exchange to Shanghai and their work was shown in the “Fragrant Lands - Collection of Chinese and Australian Indigenous Art" 2011 - 2014. 

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

We had some fantastic times lately with Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs. A featured installation was a series of our large illuminated 1950s-style circle skirts showcasing the watercolour artwork of Lenie Namatjira, Reinhold Inkamala, Ivy Pareroultja and Therese Ryder. A big THANK YOU to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education  and LUXLAB at iGLAM UNSW for helping us create these fantastic designs. 

Also artworks by Mervyn Rubuntja, Gloria Pannka and Myra Ah Chee were projected onto the red sand in Grounded, one of three displays. Thank you so much Parrtjima Australia, Northern Territory Major Events and AGB events for partnering with us.

If you couldn't make it, you will find some beautiful images from the event in our picture gallery.
Below, Gloria Pannka, Lenie Namatjira and Myra Ah Chee appreciating Lenie Namatjira's skirt design. Image courtesy: James Horan

ABC TV's The Mix

This month you can watch us on ABC TV's The Mix! The television crew visited us at the art centre and listened to our stories. The program is available online on iview until 3:30pm on 22 Oct 2016. We are on from minute 8. Below Lenie Namatjira and Eloise Fuss during the filming. 

Colour Demonstration & Workshop

We had a colour demonstration and workshop at the art centre, facilitated by Natalie O'Connor, resident artist for Winsor & Newton. That was so much fun! Thank you Chapman and Baily and Winsor & Newton, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

The Vincent Lingiari Art Awards at Tangentyere Gallery is on until the 27th of October. If you couldn't make it to Alice Springs you can view the online exhibition HERE.

In the picture, our art worker Marisa Maher installing our large collaborative watercolour painting during Desart's Curatorial and Installation Workshops in September this year. 


Reinhold Inkamala
Inspired by Albert Namatjira's painting 
36 x 54 cm $820
Clara Inkamala
Mt Wedge, NT,  
26 x 36 cm $295
Marcus Wheeler
Atila (Mt Connor), NT 
36 x 54 cm $820
We are proud to present our logo for our newly incorporated organisation (thank you Sonja Dare!). We can now be our own independent organisation.... We wouldn't have been able to do this without the generous support and advice from our partners:

Ngurratjuta Aboriginal Corporation, DesartClayton Utz, Arts Law, ORIC, and IVAIS
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