Hazelhurst celebrates NAIDOC week with new exhibition by Namatjira artists

Hazelhurst Arts Centre will host an exhibition of 50 works by 16 key Indigenous watercolour artists including Gloria Pannka, Ivy Pareroultja and Hubert Pareroultja to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019.

The watercolour works in Pmarra Nurna-kanhala Untha-lapp-urma: Walking Through Country cover the Western Arrarnta country from Alice Springs to the West MacDonnell Ranges.

All the artists from the Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre in the Northern Territory paint in the tradition of their grandfather and relative, Albert Namatjira. All works will be for sale.

Marisa Maher from Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre, and curator of the exhibition, said the continuance of the watercolour tradition by our Indigenous artists is vital so people can see and appreciate the land we live on.

''Country is important to us and we continue to look after our land,'' Maher said.

''Some of us do not like it when there is mining on our country as it destroys the land.

''Some of the artworks in this exhibition deal with the impact of the mining industry on Country, how it benefits mining companies and not the people of the land.

''Many artists paint the same site, but each person paints the place using different colours, textures, and amount of detail; this comes from their experience of living at that place.''

  • Walking Through Country is on at the Hazelhurst Arts Centre, June 29 - July 9.