President’s Report

Mick Wallangkarri Tjakamarra
Water Dreaming with Bushtucker 1972
acrylic on board 65 x 45.5cm

Dear Members & Friends,

It was with pleasure and a sense of pride to see two particular Papunya Tula art works on display as part of the exhibition ”Unique Perspective – Papunya Tula Artists And The Alice Springs Community” that opened at Araluen Arts Centre on Saturday 17th November. These two paintings form part of the Alice Springs Town Council collection (link) and were donated by the Central Australian Art Society from the original Caltex/NT Art Award. Of most significance is that they are two of the very first Western Desert art movement paintings where a group of Aboriginal people, for the first time, painted on permanent materials in the settlement of Papunya in the early 1970’s.  (link)  As the curator Steven Williamson explains in the catalogue:

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