The full-bodied vessels of the Hermannsburg Potters document their culture

Ntaria, the former Lutheran Hermannsburg Mission, located about 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs, is now home to the Hermannsburg Potters. The Arrernte people from this area – inspired by the example of their forebear, Albert Namatjira – are famous for their watercolours of the desert interior of Australia. When the Arrernte community took responsibility…

An enduring art tradition: The Hermannsburg School

The Hermannsburg School is an art movement that began at the Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg in Central Australia in the 1930s, inspired by Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira who was born there. Following Namatjira’s early sell-out exhibitions, members of his extended family and his community – most of whom were already making art in some form – became interested in…

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Garimala (The Two Snakes) 1988

Albert Namatjira’s lasting legacy on display

The life and work of Albert Namatjira have left a lasting legacy for artists throughout the country. Visit our new Collection display ‘Indigenous Australian Collection: Namatjira Story‘ which features both early works by Albert Namatjira alongside artworks by those he influenced. As a boy in the 1950s, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, a Mara painter from the Gulf…

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…

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.…