I discovered the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists today at the Darwin Indigenous Art Fair. It was a highlight of my day to see the beautiful soft sculptures made by the artists.
The following is quoted from the Darwin Indigenous Art Fair website:
“The Art Room at Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre is a small but dynamic Art Centre, situated at Larapinta Valley Town camp at the base of Mt Gillen in Alice Springs.
The art produced at Yarrenyty Arltere Art Room is, in its own way, strongly underpinned by its own culture, that of Western Arrernte people who have lived in town for a number of generations.
It speaks of country, local flora and fauna, family, cattle station and town camp life.
These artistic achievements are more remarkable when considered in the context of the establishment of Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre in what was then, a highly dysfunctional town camp, driven by petrol-sniffing, violence and misery.
Now, with the support of the Learning Centre, families are growing stronger, kids are going to mainstream schools, people are healthier.
Now the Art Room functions as a peaceful hub, where self-motivated people are working happily together to produce original and highly marketable artworks, enabling the artists to have a strong sense of their Art Room as a functioning enterprise, returning social and economic benefits into their community, as well as enjoying the pride and self-esteem that is generated.”
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