The GROUNDRUSH project involved a group of six artists with diverse practices spending several weeks during the winter of 2007 in the remote Tanami Desert, in residence at the Tanami Mine and nearby Tanami Downs Station. An Australia Council Professional Development Grant, the generous support of Newmont Australia’s Tanami operation, and the permission of the Warlpiri Traditional Owners made the project possible.
The Tanami Mine Village is 650 kilometres from Alice Springs, and the Groundrush mine which gave the project its name was the last site to be processed through the Tanami Mill before the mill was closed and the Tanami goldfield moved into rehabilitation mode. This allowed the artists a unique opportunity to interact with the site both individually and collaboratively, and to explore via their various art forms the interface of mining, environmental restoration and the life of the mining village. Several days spent with Traditional Owners and accompanying them to ancestral sites on Tanami Downs provided an Indigenous perspective to the culture of the Tanami, as well as a brief glimpse into the life of a working cattle station.
The art forms practiced by the six artists: Rachel Bowak, Nic Hempel, Kim Mahood, Andrew Moynihan, Pip McManus and Pamela Lofts, include sculpture, site-specific installation, photo media, video, painting, drawing, ceramics, music, dance, writing and performance.
The primary objective of the GROUNDRUSH project was the exploration of opportunities for professional development and research for the creation of new work. The resultant artworks have been curated into a rich and diverse body of work for exhibition.
Exhibition Opening: 6.00pm on Friday 27 June.
A floor talk will begin at 11.30am on Saturday 28 June.
27 June – 10 August 2014
- 6pm – 4pm
- Araluen Arts Centre
- Free entry into the Araluen Arts Centre galleries for NT residents. Costs apply for interstate visitors.