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The Centre’s inescapable environment and unique meeting of cultures inspire and nurture art and artists of many kinds.

Ice and Fire to link frozen Siberia with red-hot Central Oz

Dec 01, 2012 | Discuss

Ice and Fire to link frozen Siberia with red-hot Central Oz

By Helen Womack Central Australia bakes for much of the year while Siberia is mostly chilled to unbelievable degrees of cold. But these far-flung lands have more in common than you might think. Both are vast, remote areas populated by hardy people, distant from the city ways of Sydney and Melbourne or Moscow and St. Petersburg. Both Australia and Siberia have convict and pioneer histories. Both build their economies on mining and the export of natural resources, leading to environmental issues i...Read more

Art, politics and beauty

Jul 26, 2011 | Discuss

Art, politics and beauty

With the looming prospect of a six-storey building that would dwarf the rest of the town’s built environment, Central Australian artists have taken a leadership role in the battle to preserve Alice’s skylines. Skylines is the title of an exhibition that opened at the Olive Botanic Garden last Friday, and features works by artists in the Studio Twelve collective. it  highlights views that still be easily caught in and around Alice Springs, and in some cases highlighting the damage al...Read more

Why this picture makes people happy

Jul 29, 2010 | Discuss

Why this picture makes people happy

“Every year, something goes crazy. Some animal has its moment. In 2005 it was a peak year for W cicadas.’ So Mike Gillam tells the story of his wonderful picture, Cicada Peak, Spencer Hill 2005, which has been on display among others and a fine selection of sculpture at 8Hele, recently opened in Alice Springs, at 8 Hele Crescent. In this brief audio Mike tells the story of how he finally got the cicada picture he had been hunting for for years. He also points out how cicadas herald ...Read more

Desert Spring at Watarrka

Jul 02, 2010 | Discuss

Desert Spring at Watarrka

The photographs of Mike Gillam have found a suitable home at 8Hele Gallery, a former plumbing supply shop in Alice’s industrial area, which Mike and others have transformed into one of the town’s most accommodating art spaces. 8Hele Gallery, in Hele Crescent, opened last month, with 24 of Gillam’s pieces given room to breathe among an eclectic and evocative collection of creations by some the town’s growing legion of junk sculptors. Appropriately, Jack Maskell, a welder...Read more

Funeral at Santa Theresa

May 02, 2010 | Discuss

Funeral at Santa Theresa

This is the second part of the film of Rod Moss’s talk at Araluen in the Alice Springs Cultural precinct last month. Rod talks about he painted Funeral at Santa Teresa ten years into his friendship and collaboration with a group of Eastern Arrenrte people Santa Theresa is a small village that was established as a mission by the Catholic Church many decades ago. Rod’s talk provides an insight into his artistic processes, often triggered by an event, such as a funeral, a ceremony or ev...Read more

Peverill Creek

Apr 22, 2010 | Discuss

Peverill Creek

Alice Springs painter Rod Moss – author of the soon-to-be-launched Hard Light of Day – took gallery-goers for a walk around two of his biggest paintings on Sunday and described some of the processes behind their creation. The paintings were included in the Araluen Arts Centre’s Paper Cuts exhibition, which features some of the most outstanding artworks publicly acquired in Alice Springs over the past few years. Peverill Creek is to the east of the town of Alice Springs, where m...Read more

Kleinboonschate

Apr 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

Kleinboonschate

Robert Kleinboonschate got a lot out of Alice Springs in the ten years he lived here – and vice versa. While he and the legendary Zella were together creating the equally legendary cafe Bar Dopio, Robert was also making inspired drawings of the Central Australian landscape, including a wall-sized rendering of Larapinta Valley which won the 1993 Northern Territory Art Award. This month the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs gave a new airing to the drawing and a gallery full of other mast...Read more

Scrounge Part One: Dan Murphy on the Moon

Apr 09, 2010 | 1 Comment

Scrounge Part One: Dan Murphy on the Moon

Photos Steven Pierce. Post by Dave Richards. A few years ago I was introduced to the wonderful concept of Scrounge by Alice Springs heritage architect Domenico Pecorari. Dom uses “scrounge” to describe the Central Australian tradition of using what materials happen to be at hand to create something new. This is of course the habit of humans all over the world but has had a particular importance in the Centre. Scrounge grew out of the reality that conventional building materials – well, any...Read more

The language of photography

Mar 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

The language of photography

Photographer Ivan Kobiolke ‘s exhibition Perceptions opens at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens this weekend and includes some powerful images. It’s a measure of his passionate and highly considered approach to his work that none were taken in Central Australia. “It takes a long time to develop a photographic relationship with a place,” says Ivan, who moved to the Territory a year ago,  has his own photographic business and also works as aphotographic editor, making regular...Read more

Journey to the interior

Feb 21, 2010 | 3 Comments

Are you like me, careful not to mess up your beautiful nature photos by leaving your own shadow in the frame? I’ve encountered a few photographers who have done the opposite – made exhibitions that actually included their shadow-selves as a statement. Point being: why try to pass it off that your picture was taken an omniscient being with an immaculate sense of aesthetics? The act of observing changes the observed, etc, etc. To me, though, the shadows in these pictures always seemed like...Read more

The tree of knowledge

Jan 05, 2010 | Discuss

The tree of knowledge

Artist and teacher Noel Ferry has spent part of the school holidays renewing his acquaintance with an old friend … a permanent resident of Emily Creek, just out of Alice Springs. Out of their meetings came a series of striking images which Noel has woven together with some of the insights this long-standing relationship has given him....Read more

Cloud nine and others

Jan 01, 2010 | Discuss

Cloud nine and others

A celebration of the clouds that visit our usually empty skies. Though they rarely bring as much rain as they have recently, they always put on a good show....Read more