Issue 212, August, 2008


Imagine Alice arts program

Leading up to the Imagine Alice arts program, which is part of the art in the heart Regional Arts Australia National Conference, Alice Springs, 3 to 5 October are: deliver, a postcard-swap project for regionally-based artists Australia wide. Make your own postcard about where you live by 14 August. After being exhibited during art at the heart, each participant will receive another artist’s postcard in the mail. Clear instructions via www.jenjen.com.au/deliver

Darwin Festival exhibitions

The Darwin Festival runs from 14 to 31 August. For full program events, locations and times, visit www.darwinfestival.org.au Visual art highlights include: Running from 2 August to 6 September, 24 Hr Art ‘s program showcases works by Indigenous artists: Maast Maast by Darwin’s much loved Gary Lee; Aftermath by Tasmanian Julie Gough; Gatherings is work from Janice Murray, Melinda Getjin, Margaret Gamuti and Graham Badari from three NT remote Indigenous art centres curated by Felicity Green; and Big Eye, four animated works curated by Jenny Fraser who is our latest and greatest addition to the Darwin art scene. Opening drinks and frivolity Saturday 16 August, 12pm … 

Opening at Harriet Space the same day at 2.30pm, the Cross Cultural Art Exchange (CCAE) and Papunya Tula Artists present Ngurra yurru kulintjaku - Always remembering country. Running until 27 August, the show includes work by Patrick Tjungurrayi, Doreen Reid Nakamarra and Danny Gibson Tjapaltjarri … 

Out of the Great Sandy Desert and home of the Kukatja comes new work from emerging Warlayirti artists from Balgo, From Wirrimanu at Outstation – Art from Art Centres Gallery in Parap. Runs from 14 to 28 August …

Basil Hall Editions (BHE), in association with Nomad Art and Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, are launching Custodians: Country and Culture, a folio of etchings and silkscreen prints by 10 leading Indigenous artists including Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Regina Wilson, Butcher Janangoo Cherel and Jean Baptiste Apuatimi. Launching 14 August at Nomad Art, and touring later in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra. Check out how hard those BHE printers have been working. www.basilhalleditions.com.au … 

And showing in the Northern Territory Library at Parliament House from 14 to 31 August is Daphne Cazalet’s Water Over Skin, an exploration into Daphne’s Anglo-Indian ancestry. Champagne Breakfast Celebration is Sunday 24 August, 10am.

DVAA daily

DVAA has some great shows on: trans me in Woods Street Gallery by Min Wong, Phoenix Tails and Flies by Siying Zhou in DEAF Space, 6 to 23 August (Opening Friday 8 August, 6pm); and then from 27 August to 13 September (Opening Friday 29 August, 6pm) A Sense of Place is a group show by Alison Worsnop, Carolyn Bursa, Jasmine Jan and Kelli Mac in Woods Street Gallery. DEAF Space has Message Muskets by Daniel Wickham, Mario Mununkara, Nathaniel Pilakui and Soloman Nungamu from Bathurst Island. Artist Daniel Wickham invited his hunting buddies to paint his old British Empire gun collection of ‘evil ones’ …

Silver lining NATSIAA

The Jubilee year of NATSIAA (so much nicer than saying Telstra Awards) is on at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. The Award exhibition opens spectacularly (although still no blankets) on Friday 15 August at 6pm, running through to 26 October. It will be interesting to see how NATSIAA will position itself in the future given the plethora of Indigenous art prizes emerging around the country, and how it can recover from the controversies …oh, but we’re not going there!

Up the sculpture path

This year’s Sculpture in the Park from 22 to 29 August invites visitors to Civic Park to discover a diverse range of art practice by Territory artists. Check the Darwin Community Arts Inc. (the renamed Brown’s Mart Community Arts) website for details: www.brownsmart.com.au….

Screeching success

The Galah Premier Screening for the Fist Full of Films Competition is Tuesday 5 August at the infamous Deckchair Cinema, a glamorous, star-filled night showcasing the best short films made by Territory film makers. The public screening is at Mindil Beach Markets on Sunday 10 August, 7.15pm. www.fistfulloffilms.com.au

But wait, there’s more

Presented by the Alice Desert Festival, the Wearable Arts Awards has two performances in the Araluen Theatre, Alice Springs: adult performances at 3pm and 7pm, Saturday 30 August, and student performances at 1pm Sunday 31 August. Bookings, t: 08 8951 1122 …

A town like Katherine

The 2008 Katherine Prize Art and Craft Awards night is Thursday 21 August, 6pm in the Katherine Regional Art Space, with over $6000 in cash and prizes. Also announced on the night, the winner of the Katherine Logo Prize competition (deadline Friday 15 August). Create a symbolic logo suitable to be used to signify art originating from the Katherine Region. For info on both, contact the Community Liaison Officer at Katherine Town Council, t: 08 8972 5500, e: records@ktc.nt.gov.au …

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