Posted on December 21, 2014 - by Holly
In November, almost exactly one year since our time in London, Â the Namatjira team came together in Canberra for the launch of the Â Namatjira to Now: Five Generations of Watercolours from the Central DesertÂ exhibition at Parliament House.
It was a massive week andÂ a great way to end the year for the Namatjira Project!
We have been working towards this time in Canberra since the beginning of the year, a chance to showcase the body of incredible work that has been produced by the Hermannsburg School of Watercolours across the five generations since Albert himself. It was also an opportunity to build on the success of our time in London and invite discussions with key policy makers around the future of the movement and how best to support it.
Four artists; Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka, Kevin Namatjira and Mervyn Rubuntja travelled from Alice Springs, Â representing the artists. Three students from Ntaria school; Aretha, Semra and Cheyanne came representing the 5th generation. A watercolour animation that students created at school was on display and is an example of this tradition moving forward into the digital age. You can see theÂ Ntaria School Students Watercolour AnimationÂ here.
Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs hosted the event and officially announced the Namatjira Trust,
which will launch next year. Funds in this trust will go directly to supporting the longevity of this iconic arts movement.
There was a great turn out, a mix of politicians, art lovers and project supporters. We will be following up with these supporters in the new year as the Trust is formally established to gain as much support as we can to ensure itÂ is as successful as possible.
As well as the exhibition at Parliament House, we were lucky to have a commercial exhibition held at AIATSIS. This included a ‘market day’ and masterclass workshop with the artists and a chance for the general public to buy works and meet the artists.
As the Namatjira project continues to slowly wrap up on-the-ground work in the community, there are still a few exciting things in the mix for next year – including the Namatjira documentary which we really look forward to sharing with you in the new year!
Thank you for the continued support for this great project, we look to the future with excitement and determination!
If you are in Canberra over the summer period be sure to visit Namatjira to Now: Five Generations of Watercolours from the Central Desert at Parliament House. The exhibition is free and continues until February 9th. If you have friends or family in Canberra please also encourage them to take a look. Visiting information can be found HERE.