Street Art Festival 2021

Red Hot Arts Central Australia presents the 2021 Alice Springs Street Art Festival, which will be held this year from 23rd July – 8th August!

This year, the Street Art Festival will see some of Australia’s top street artists team up with local creatives to paint six brand-new murals across Alice Springs.

Not only will the festival splash vibrancy and life into the Alice Springs CBD, but it will also pay homage to the Central Australian landscape and community all the while creating professional development opportunities for emerging local talent.

Festivities this year include an opening weekend of celebrations, a week of street painting with live music and pop-up activities, and a Mural Reveal Tour and wrap-up party featuring DJs and Street Art Celebration Party!

Murals will be painted at Alice Springs Hospital on Gap Road, the YHA on Leichhardt Terrace, the Alice Plaza underground carpark laneway near Hartley Street, Minerals House and House of Tallulah on Hartley Street, and the Red Hot Arts wall on Stott Terrace.

Alice springs street art festival completed projects 2021

YHA (Leichardt Terrace) – ILTJA NTJARRA (ill-tin-jarra) MANY HANDS ART CENTRE MURAL

Through these works, the artists have continued the Hermannsburg watercolour tradition, introducing elements of contemporary life. Natural landscapes juxtaposed with consumer culture, highlight the impact on country and lifestyle. The use of a mobile-phone camera reminds people to look and remember, but not to destroy what is around.

Artist Credit: Selma Coulthard, Vanessa Inkamala, Dellina Inkamala and Benita Clements with assistance from Mandy Malbunka and Dianne Inkamala. All artists from Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre in collaboration with Kaff-eine.

HOUSE OF TALLULAH WALL

Influenced by long First Nation history and immediate surroundings, this work captures the strength and resilience of First Nation riders, who initially rode under indentured labour but later turned the dynamic on its head, adopting and owning the ‘stockman’ identity. This work also gives a nod to Australia’s queer and gender-diverse rodeo riders and the town’s reputation as an LGBTQIA+ haven.

Artist Credit: Kaff-eine

RED HOT ARTS – COLOURS FROM THE CENTRE

An abstract landscape featuring colours of the Central Australian flora and fauna. In our environment, these colours may not always immediately stand out, but when we look closer, we find these colours all around, embedded in the animals, insects and flowers.

Artist Credit: Mark Twohig

ALICE SPRINGS HOSPITAL – IRRARNTE (Red Tailed Cockatoo)

The design for this wall focuses on flora and fauna that is quintessentially Central Australia, and feathers from local birdlife, such as the iconic Red-Tail Black Cockatoo which symbolises luck, rain, and beauty. The colour blue represents calm, and the focus on local medicinal plants such as emu bush and orange eucalyptus relates to health and wellbeing (being the wall outside the hospital), but also to show the diversity of local plant and wildlife.

Artist Credit: Karine Tremblay (Kawa) with assistance from Kim Donald, Chris Ng and Sarah Cook.

ALICE PLAZA LANEWAY WALL

The design is about how people experience and see Alice Springs from a range of perspectives: how tourists view it online before arriving and through a camera once they are here, how local people see the space as residents, and then how Arrernte elders see their own country. The mural focuses on the beauty of Alice Springs from different perspectives, and how the unique elements of the landscapes are beautiful to different people.

Artist credit: Bronte Naylor and Gus Eagleton.

YOUTH HOSTEL WALL – ANKERRE ANKERRE (SAVE OUR ANCIENTS)

Here the artists have used round edge brush work, stencil and aerosol dot work as a playful way of capturing the rich spectrum of light that the sun’s orientation depicts across the landscape. This artwork pays homage to the legacy of the ancient Coolabah trees, whose protective hollows are still home to the cacophony of native birds we see today.

A design concept by artist Tamara Cornthwaite guided by ethnoecologist Fiona Walsh. Tamara and Fiona describe the work with this poem:

Ankerre Ankerre (Place of many Coolabah trees)

A Pointillist approach,

Reflects the sky’s awakening.

Ancient Coolabah bodies sway

Dark and saturated

In the lingering mist.

A historical colour palette

Honours a time of standing water.

We remember ancestors

Arrernte families

Thank those who care and tend our country

Today

Artist credit: Tamara Cornthwaite and Miss Polly, with assistance from Letitia Firth.

Interstate Artists involved in this year’s festival:

Kaff-eine (Vic) 

Melbourne based artist Kaff-eine paints public artwork globally, while pursuing realist portraiture in her Melbourne studio. Combining creativitywith a strong social conscience, her creative projects invite audiences to engage with social and political issues.

Kaff-eine’s international creative collective Cheeseagle has produced four exhibitions and two documentaries, including the award-winning feature film Happyland, which follows Kaff-eine’s unique art-as-housing project in the Philippines’ dumpsite slums. She was the first female Australian artist to paint portraits on disused grain silos for Victoria’s Silo Art Trail, and the first Australian artist to create a pyrotechnic sculpture for Mexico’s international fireworks festival. Recently, she painted Australia’s first large public sistergirl (transgender Tiwi Islander) mural in Darwin, NT.

Gus Eagleton (Qld)

Australian Artist Gus Eagleton creates interpretations of reality and beauty within the urban landscape. With a selected colour palette and fluid lines, he manipulates light and shadow in an unrealistic and romantic way. He paints with considered velocity and magnetism, yet simultaneously the pieces embody slowness, a dreamlike feel. Gus explores the diversity and intrigue of the characters he encounters and, as a true romantic indulges in the beauty and charisma of the people he paints. He is compelled and influenced by the environment around him – the problematic high-rise development in the city, gentrification in the suburbs, the fascinating abandoned industrial areas on the outskirts of town; these spaces are his subject matter and his canvas.

Brontë Naylor (Qld) 

Bronte Naylor (b.1993) is an Australian Visual Artist working across exhibitions, public art, installation, research and community engagement. She recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) Graduating First Class at University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Collaborations with St+ART India, Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, First Coat International Art Festival and Big Picture Festival have firmly positioned her as an emerging heavyweight within the international public art landscape.

Mixing photography and digital illustration, Naylor has established a signature collage aesthetic and methodology. She employs a considered and respectful approach to the creation of site specific public art, working across three stages: initial research including documentative photography, the conceptualisation of design and rational and then realised through the act of painting in the public sphere.

 Miss Polly (Darwin)

Polly Johnstone is a Northern Territory based visual artist and arts educator. Her art practice includes oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolour paintings, pen and ink drawings, aquarelles and graphite. Polly has also participated in the Darwin Street Art Festival and she is passionate about creating art in public spaces for all to enjoy.

Local Artists involved in this year’s festival:

Tamara Cornthwaite 

Tamara has been working in Mparntwe, Alice Springs and in the wider NT as a multidisciplinary free-lance creative facilitator, educator, and community arts producer.  Since 2015 Tamara has collaborated with local artists and the wider community on existing murals in town since and was an advocate in bringing the Alice Springs Street Art Festival to life in 2018.

Her passion as a visual creator in the Central Desert still and always will remain in its uniquely intense colour spectrum and the ongoing gratitude felt from working with and learning from the young people she engages.

The ongoing generosity and support felt from Alice Springs’ thriving inter-cultural creative community is the life-force that influences Tamara’s work to sustainably pursue her own artistic practice as an image-maker, storyteller, craftworker and muralist.

Karine Tremblay 

Karine Tremblay is an Alice Springs based artist. She as been in Alice since 2010. Karine was born in Montreal, Canada where she obtained a Bachelor degree in Set Design. Focusing on set painting in her early career, it saw her work for circuses and theatre productions in Canada and China. In the last 10 years she has developed her painting skills to create portraits and larger scale murals where she feels the happiest. Karine’s style of work integrates native flowers, birds and feminine lines to underscore her concern for climate change and the impact on local biodiversity.

Mark Twohig

Alice Springs born Mark Twohig started his career as a sign writer and screen printer before moving into graphic design and illustration.
Whilst working in these fields he developed his skills as a fine artist
and abstract painter using colour and form to create unique works.

In recent years Mark has focused on large-scale murals enjoying the challenges and logistics of such works.

After spending many years in Adelaide as a street artist Mark now resides and works in Alice Springs creating murals both domestic and commercial, as well as regularly facilitating art workshops with adults and children.

Kim Donald

Kim’s canvases and murals are more than just a painting; they are a unique statement of style and a mark of individuality. Kim uses a mixture of mediums but mainly works with acrylics as they are non-toxic and fast drying.

Kim has a love and passion for what she does, as well as a strong appreciation for colour, all of which is extended into each piece that she creates which certainly enlightens those who view her work.

Dellina Inkamala (Itja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre)

Delllina Inkamala is the daughter of Raelene Inkamala who is Kathy Inkamala’s older sister, and Hillary Pareroultja who is Hubert Pareroultja’s younger brother.

Dellina was born in Alice Springs but grew up in Hermannsburg, Wallace Rock Hole and Papunya. Dellina started drawing when she was in school and really liked enjoyed it so began to paint dot paintings when she left school. She only recently became interested in watercolour painting after watching her Aunty, Kathy Inkamala and Uncle Hubert Pareroultja at Iltja Ntjarra art centre. Dellina says: ‘I like using watercolour as I can see the view of my country come alive in my paintings. It’s challenging for me but I’m getting better with the help of my aunty and uncle’.

Benita Clements (Itja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre) 

Benita is the daughter of artist Gwenda Namatjira and great granddaughter of Albert Namatjira. She paints her country both in dot paintings depictions and watercolours. Benita also paints figurative images of her family and their learning of the watercolour painting tradition. Benita is teaching her husband, Ricky Connick the painting skill. She often comes to Ngurratjuta Many Hands art centre to learn from the elders and get inspiration from old photographs and stories.

In her own words: I paint the current and old Namatjira Family and the old days in Ntaria. For example, I painted my uncle Kevin Namatjira while he painted his family in Hermannsburg at the Cafe, at the Hermannsburg Precinct. I also painted Lenie Namatjira, my aunty teaching her grandchildren Carissa & Kiara Malthouse at Hermansburg how to paint in watercolours. I paint stories that I have been told or that I see in pictures from the old days. For instance, how water was sourced from the creek, Western Arrarnta people were getting water for their families in buckets. I paint people & children from the community painting out bush near the Finke River. I always paint my country in the background, being the West MacDonnell ranges and Mt Hermannsburg.

Selma Coulthard (Itja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre)

Selma grew up in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) where she went to school with fellow artist Ivy Pareroultja. She is an accomplished acrylic and watercolour artist.

Selma states about herself: “My name is Selma Coulthard and my Aboriginal name is Nunay. I am a Pertama Maduthara Luritja Tribe from Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs Station) which is located South West of Alice Springs in Central Australia. I was born in Alice Springs in 1954 and grew up at Tempe Downs until the Government started to remove half caste kids from their families and

put them in mission boarding homes. I was taken to Ntaria where I did my schooling. It is here that my love for art started when I saw Ivy Pareroultja painting Mt. Hermannsburg. In the 1950s my father used to work as a tourist guide at Palm Valley (a spot we called Titjarritjarra) and I used to see watercolour painters working on site. I have always wanted to be an artist and I just hope that my work will be recognised.

No work is the same each piece is unique in its own right. I usually try and remember the landscape and the way the colours change in different times of the day, sometime I see purple, orange and red. My colours are always true to my country. My first ever watercolour pain

ting, when I was in grade 6, was photographed
for the National Geographic magazine. I have always created artwork based on my stories: my work on Mulga Spinifex Country, my country where I grew up and lived – Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs), the oasis in the Desert at Urrampinyi, running Waters at Irrmakara, spiritual keepers of our land, my Dreaming – the Thorny Devil, animals in my country, paintings depicting women’s ceremonial site (business) and more.”

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The Street Art Festival is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and partner, Alice Springs Town Council. Thank you to our local sponsors 8CCC Community Radio, Alice Plaza, Bedrock Sounds, Colemans Printing, Epilogue Lounge and House of Tallulah.