Apmere Untenge (Spiritual Country)*
From a 300-million-year-old natural canvas to canvases beneath the stars – look up and take in the beauty.
Suspended with stars as a backdrop, Expression Space was a gallery of giant lampshades giving a panoramic perspective of the vibrant contemporary artworks created by Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists (Lifestyle Solutions).
The luminous artworks portray the essence, beauty and humour of Central Australia and each artwork is a radiant reflection of the life and surrounds of the region as seen, known and loved by the group of artists involved in the installation.
Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists is an art centre in Alice Springs supporting Aboriginal adults with disabilities to express story and paint country. Artists include Adrian Jangala Robertson, Billy Tjampijinpa Kenda, Charles Jangala Ingkamala, Jane Mervin, Kukula McDonald and Lance James.
The lampshade frames were made by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled business Centre of Appropriate Technologies at Desert Knowledge Alice Springs.
Expression Space was located at the Parrtjima Festival Precinct – Alice Springs Desert Park.
Photo by James Horan for AGB Events.
*Arrernte titles have been provided by respected senior Arrernte person, Kumalie Riley. At the festival site, the original soundscape and information will include descriptions in Arrernte provided by a local Arrernte elder, Felicity Hayes, and an Apmereke-artweye for Mparntwe, Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens.