Workshop: Stockman Sculpture Making


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Experience the passing of intergenerational knowledge and culture firsthand at our Parrtjima workshops. Taste traditional foods, explore different styles of painting, and try out fabric screen printing and sculpture making. There’s also music and language workshops for the next generation. Engage, share in rare experiences, and be gifted an insight into the ancient skills and knowledge of our Aboriginal people that has been thousands of years in the making.

Please note some workshops may have an age restriction due to the tools and skills involved.

Please note, due to the intimate nature of some program elements at Desert Park, such as the music performances, workshops and talks, they have limited capacity. Spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the night.

Friday 16 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

DOBBY: Hip Hop Beats

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Bounce between beats in this ultimate hip hop workshop with DOBBY! Beginning his musical training at seven-years-old, DOBBY is a professional rapper, drummer and music composer whose family is from the Ngemba and Murrawarri lands. Try out your drumming skills alongside one of the most exciting and emerging Aboriginal musicians in Australia and learn how to express your story through song.

Saturday 17 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Shellie Morris: Singing in Language

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Join the knowledgeable and entertaining Shellie Morris as she takes you on a journey to uncover the truths behind her music and lyrics. You will hear the stories of Shellie’s Wardaman and Yanyuwa roots and uncover the meaning of the songs she has penned, including her incredible collaboration with the Borroloola Songwomen. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn to sing in language with one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters.

Sunday 18 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Tapatjatjaka Art Centre: Metal Sculptures Workshop

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Artists from the community of Titjikala in the Simpson Desert are renowned for their miniature horse sculptures, known as ‘Nanju’. The sculptures are created from wire, scrap metal and other salvaged materials and cleverly transformed into ‘bush toys’. Get thrifty and create your own take-home sculpture with artists of the Tapatjatjaka Art Centre including David Wallace, a proud Ltyentye Apurte man now living as a prominent artist in Titjikala.

Due to the nature of the workshop and the tools used, participants must be aged 12 or older.

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company

  • Stockman Sculpture Making workshop, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Stockman Sculpture Making workshop, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC