Posted on February 28, 2012 - by sophia
At a grass roots level, The Namatjira Project takes place on Western Aranda country, in Central Australia, in particular Ntaria (Hermannsburg) and Alice Springs.
The project works with Western Aranda people on a range of workshops, skill building exchanges and large scale events. Our project partners are vital to this, particularly the Ntaria school and Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Many Hands Art Centre.
Key workshops run in and around Alice Springs and Ntaria include:
On country art workshops
- When initial community consultations took place with the Namatjira family artists and Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, they identified an unmet need: a desire to paint on-country. This is not always easy for individual artists to organise due to the high costs associated with vehicle maintenance and fuel in Central Australia. Therefore, Big hART has collaborated with Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre to organise regular trips to important places around Alice Springs and Ntaria, so the artists can paint the places they want to paint.
Watercolour workshops at Ntaria School
- Namatjira family artists – including Lenie Namatjira, Ivy Pareroultja and Marcus and Betty Wheeler – run watercolour workshops for the students at Ntaria school. They are keeping their painting tradition alive by passing on skills to the next generation of watercolour artists.
- In 2011, the students, mentored by these professional artists, painted an enormous backdrop for the Ntaria choir’s CD launch and webcast.
- In 2012, the artists continued to work with students to develop an exhibition of student works, which ran alongside the show in Ntaria and was exhibited in Alice Springs.
Film workshops at Ntaria School
- Big hART mentors and arts workers have run literacy and filmmaking workshops at Ntaria School. Digital literacy gives students a range of new skills that they can use to tell their own stories, which in turn promotes learning and new connections.
- Films made include portraits of life in Ntaria and profiles of individual students. These profiles were made as part of a ‘digital penpal’ project, in which videos by Ntaria students are swapped with videos by students at Wynyard High in Tasmania.
- Check out some of the work previously created, or for more films go to the Namatjira Vimeo Channel.