Posted on October 17, 2010 - by sophia
The Namatjira Project includes exhibitions of contemporary watercolours in the tradition of Albert Namatjira, painted by his descendents. These exhibitions feature original works that have a thematic focus on the artistsâ€™ country and the country Albert used to paint. The landscapes depict the vast beauty and diversity of Western Aranda Country, including the West McDonnell Ranges, Haasts Bluff, Palm Valley and many other important places.
Wherever the Namatjira theatre performance tours, it has toured with an accompanying watercolour exhibition, presented in partnership with the artistâ€™s representative art centre, Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art CentreÂ in Alice Springs. This has involved partnering with local galleries, as well as presenting exhibitions in theatre foyers. In 2012, a collection of 11 works was curated by the National Gallery of Australia, and displayed in the foyers of each of our 21 tour locations.
This cross artform strategy has enabled the high profile of the stage show to help generate exposure and sales for the contemporary practicing artists. Indeed, in many tour locations â€“ including in London â€“ the accompanying exhibition has sold out. These exhibitions have also aimed to promote greater understanding of the vital role of Indigenous art centres in Aboriginal communities.
Read more about the artists HERE
Namatjira to Now; Five Generations of Watercolours in the Central Desert, Parliament House Canberra, 25 November 2014 – 10 Feb 2015.
Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, 2- 26 August
Dandenong Town Hall, Dandenong, VIC. 1 – 4 September
Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC, 7 – 17 September
Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT, 11 – 24 September
Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong NSW 19 – 24 September
Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW, 22 Sept- 2 Oct
Araluen Centre,Alice Springs, NT, 30 July – 30 August
Birrung Gallery, Sydney, NSW, 28 September – 16 October
Damien Minton Annex Space, Sydney, NSW, 28 October – 7 November
For more information
If you love the watercolours but haven’t had a chance to get to any of our exhibitions, check out Ngurratjuta Art Centre’s website or contact them directly on +61 (0) 8 8951 1953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org