The feature artwork for Desert Mob 2018, ‘Ngura (Country)’, a collaborative work by Mumu Mike Williams, Kunmanara Martin and Sammy Dodd of Mimili Maku Arts
Earlier this year, the Kate Owen Gallery team attended Desert Mob in Alice Springs. Desert Mob is a unique annual event that brings art centres from across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The Desert Mob opening, including Exhibition, Symposium and MarketPlace, is an opportunity to view new developments in Aboriginal art, to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country.
The Desert Mob exhibition at the Araluen Arts Centre is a real highlight - and we love seeing the latest works from the artists and art centres that Kate Owen gallery proudly represents. Please enjoy this little video of our Gallery Director in front of the Warlukurlangu Arts Centre hang in the annual Desert Mob exhibition. At Kate Owen Gallery, we have a beautiful range of artworks from Warlukulangu. Simply head over to our Art Search Tool and in 'Region' select the community of Yuendumu - you'll be spoilt for choice!
Kate Owen Gallery was also lucky enough to acquire two stunning pieces from Kaltjiti Arts while in Alice Springs:
Mamungari'nya - MALHF18-70 by Manyitjanu Lennon
Manyitjanu is a highly respected senior elder and holds extensive cultural knowledge. As a senior artist at Kaltjiti Arts, Manitjanu also works on major collaborative pieces, which are used to teach younger generations skills in painting technique and storytelling, ensuring rich cultural integrity is maintained. Manitjanu has five children and four grandchildren.
Mamungari'nya - PTSHF17-361 by Pollyanne Tjungkaya Smith
Pollyanne has been an Anangu Education Worker at the Fregon Anangu School since 1994, and paints after school and during the holiday periods. Pollyanne paints the country of her mother; to the north, yet close to Watarru, is Untju-ku ngura, her mother's birthplace. A large hill with a rockhole in the middle is a distinguishing feature of this country.