Desert Mob

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Presented by Araluen Arts Centre and Desart

Desert Mob is one of the most significant expressions of Aboriginal art and culture in the nation, and one of its most anticipated and extraordinary events. Held annually since 1991, the Desert Mob Exhibition, Symposium and MarketPlace are a powerful articulation of culture, country and contemporary desert life by artists from Desart-member art centres across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The most immediate interface between Aboriginal art and artists from remote desert communities and the wider world, Desert Mob is celebratory, a unique opportunity for artists and audience to come together and share this rich and dynamic culture.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday 6 September, 5.30pm
Presenting hundreds of new works, chosen by the artists and art centres for inclusion, the Desert Mob 2018 exhibition is an overwhelming and exhilarating testament to traditional and contemporary practice, experimentation and innovation in Aboriginal art from the desert, now!

Symposium: Friday 7 September, 10.00am – 3.30pm
The Desert Mob Symposium is a full day of presentations by artists, with special guests. Featuring dynamic cultural initiatives and inventive creative processes, performances and film, artists reveal and share their projects, practice and stories. Spend the day with us, learn with us: our culture, our way.

MarketPlace: Saturday 8 September, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Quality affordable art by artists from over 30 desert art centres comes together at the vibrant Desert Mob 2018 MarketPlace on the Araluen Precinct. Meet artists and arts workers as you buy direct, with 100% of returns going to makers and their art centres.

Photo by Lisa Hatz Photography.
6 September21 October 2018
Exhibition opening: Thursday 6 September, 5.30pm
Symposium: Friday 7 September, 10.00am - 3.30pm
MarketPlace: Saturday 8 September, 10.00am - 2.00pm
Exhibition dates: 7 September - 21 October
Araluen Arts Centre
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