Desert Mob 2017

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Presented in partnership with Desart
Desert Mob is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation, bringing together Desart-member art centres from across vast regions of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Desert Mob is a unique annual gathering of artists, artworks and audiences, in the heart of the region, Alice Springs. Desert Mob continues to be a bold and exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism, and over its 27 year history has remained the most immediate interface between Aboriginal art making in remote desert communities and the wider world. The Desert Mob 2017 opening, including Exhibition, Symposium and MarketPlace, presents the latest developments in contemporary Aboriginal art, and invites you to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday 7 September, 5.30pm

Spanning three galleries, the hundreds of new artworks selected for Desert Mob are determined by artists and their art centres. The Desert Mob exhibition is both a testament to tradition and a testing ground for experimentation and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art from the desert. The exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, weaving, wood carving, ceramics, prints, photography, works on paper and multimedia by both established and emerging artists.

Symposium: Friday 8 September, 10.00am – 3.30pm

The Desert Mob Symposium is a day of presentations by artists, art centres and special guests. Through images, film, animation and performance, artists reveal and share their stories, ideas, projects and creative processes. The 2017 Symposium provides a rich context for Desert Mob, reinforcing and celebrating the pivotal role of country, living culture and community in the lives of artists.

MarketPlace: Saturday 9 September, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Desert Mob MarketPlace is a large market held at the Araluen Arts Centre, spilling over with affordable Aboriginal art and craft from Aboriginal owned, Desart-member art centres. The vibrant and bustling market place atmosphere provides an opportunity for buyers to interact directly with artists and art centre staff and to purchase high quality works of art for under $500.

Image: Wawiriya Burton Ngayuku Ngura (My Country) 2016 acrylic on linen 121 x 299 cm. Araluen Art Collection. Acquired from Desert Mob 2016.
7 September22 October 2017
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 7 September, 5.30pm
Symposium: Friday 8 September, 10.00am - 3.30pm
MarketPlace: Saturday 9 September, 10.00am - 2.00pm
Araluen Arts Centre
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