Posted on February 6, 2012 - by sophia
The Namatjira project has many layers, including:
- A touring theatre show
- An accompanying watercolour exhibition
- A community development process involving ongoing work with Western Aranda communities, particularly in Alice Springs and Ntaria (Hermannsburg)
- On-country watercolour workshops for Namatjira family and community artists
- Workshops with Central Australian schools in digital literacy and filmmaking
- Movement and storytelling workshops, as part of the national tour
- Watercolour masterclasses run by Namatjira family artists for members of the public, as part of the national tour
- Cultural exchange sessions and community BBQs, to strengthen links between communities, services and individuals.
The project and all its component activities would not be possible without the support of our partners – in particular our key project partners the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre and Ntaria School – and also the many generous individuals who make up the Friends of Namatjira
The Namatjira Project has been honoured with the following awards:
- 2 Sydney Theatre Awards (2011) – Derik Lynch, Best newcomer; Scott Rankin, Best new Australian work
- Helpmann Award (2012) – Best regional touring production
- Arts Hub Award (2012) – Contribution to the Australian community
- Finalist- Deadly Awards (2013) – Cultural Advancement
The Namatjira project has always worked towards sustainable and long term outcomes for the Namatjira family and Western Aranda communities. It is crucial to harness the strengths of this community, and to ensure all of that profile and project success translates into real and lasting benefit. Ongoing elements of the project include:
- Documentary – Made with the Namatjira family since 2009, the film will be released when fully funded, accompanied by a campaign aimed at securing the future of this iconic art movement.
- Namatjira Legacy Trust – To be established as a vehicle for the ongoing support, for the family and for their art centre.
- Ntaria (Hermannsburg) SchoolÂ – Sustainable intergenerational workshops in watercolour skills as part of the school curriculum, based on the workshops Big hART and Namatjira family artists have facilitated with the Hermannsburg school throughout the project.
Big hART is adamant the project work to the benefit of the Namatjira family and is constantly working towards ensuring the positive outcomes of the project are sustainable and ongoing.