Posted on November 2, 2014 - by Yolande
Weâ€™ve got an exciting announcement to make â€“ five watercolour artists and three students will be traveling from Ntaria (Hermannsburg) to the nationâ€™s capital for a very special exhibition at Parliament House.
Namatjira to Now â€“ Five Generations of Watercolours in the Central Desert, will showcase a selection of the incredible works that have been generated from the Hermannsburg School of Watercolours in the five generations since Albert Namatjira.
This time last year Lenie and Kevin Namatjira were in London where they premiered the Namatjira theatre show, sold out an exhibition and were invited to meet the Queen. This Canberra trip is a response to the extraordinary level of recognition the Namatjira family received in London. Exactly one year later, it is time for all Australians and the Australian government to acknowledge this part of our national heritage, and recognise the basic need for housing and support of their art centre to ensure its survival.
Presented in partnership with our friends at Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre and Ntaria School and curated by Alison French,Namatjira to Now will be unveiled on November 26th at Parliament House, with works from Albert Namatjira, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generations, and including a new watercolour animation created by Ntaria School artists.
As well as the exhibition at Parliament House, AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) have invited Ngurratjuta to present a selling exhibition (25 NovemberÂ – 12 December) and market day â€“ showcasing even more of their incredible artwork, and giving Canberrans a chance to meet with the artists and support their work by taking home a small piece of this beautiful, iconic tradition.
During their stay in Canberra, there will be a lot of professional development activities and opportunities for the artists and students, we will keep you posted with how it all goes.
We are very excited about this unique opportunity to harness support for Namatjiraâ€™s legacy. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we share more news about the exhibition, and announce further events associated around this important occasion and unmissable art event.
Posted on March 12, 2014 - by Yolande
Five Generations: The Strength of Namatjira’s Legacy opened at Araluen Arts Centre on the 1st of March, 2014. Take a look at some coverage of the opening event, the exhibition and the background of the Namatjira project with the following links:
- Radio National Awaye! Segment on 5 Generations, the Strength of Namatjira’s Legacy
- Alice News article by Kieren Finnane, including photos from the opening
- Interview on ABC radio, Alice SpringsÂ
- ABC Online – Lauren Fitzgerald covers the return of Namatjira’s final painting to Araluen
- Story on Radio National Breakfast