Arrernte watercolour by Lenie Namatjira, Glen Helen Station 2010

Arrernte Watercolours integral in the Namatjira story

The Hermannsburg School of watercolour painting is the longest continuing contemporary Aboriginal art movement, spanning the period from the mid 1930s to today. This important movement was established at Ntaria (Hermannsburg) before moving to Alice Springs, 125 kilometres to the east. Here, the families of the original painters have continued the tradition, living and working…

Sung Into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984–94

Preserving Western Australian art appealed to Janet and Robert Holmes à Court and the collection they created reflects decades of considered research. ‘Sung Into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984–94’ profiles the works by eight Indigenous artists, drawn from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. Janet Holmes à Court will be in Brisbane for the Opening Weekend…

Namatjira story

Albert Namatjira (28 July 1902 – 8 August 1959) was a Western Arrernte-speaking Aboriginal artist from the MacDonnell Ranges, west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. His Western-style landscapes, different from traditional Aboriginal art, made him a celebrated pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art in the 1950s and the most famous Indigenous Australian of his generation.…

Aboriginal Masterworks: A legacy of Australian cultural significance

A major exhibition of Indigenous Australian art, ‘Sung into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984-94’ including more than 100 paintings and sculptures by eight Australian Aboriginal artists from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection opens at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 22 July 2017. The exhibition celebrates songs and ceremonies connected with the creation of the…

Albert Namatjira’s legacy celebrated

‎The first chapter in the newly reconfigured Australian Collection display at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) is now open, leading with an exploration of the life and lasting legacy of Albert Namatjira. ‘Indigenous Australian Collection: Namatjira Story’ concentrates on one of the largest thematic holdings in the Gallery’s Collection, including a special focus on the…