New to Desert Festival, the Artisan Trail is something extra special to catch this year.
The Artisan Trail is a self-guided tour of artist and craftsperson’s studios, and an opportunity for practicing Alice Springs artists to open their spaces and share work with passersby.
A rare opportunity for the community to meet local creatives, ask questions, learn about their work and visit the spaces where magic happens, this one is not to be missed!
* registrations have closed *
All attendees must pre-register! You will receive a confirmation email with further information regarding the artists studios and your booked session/s before Saturday.
Saturday 2nd October Artists
Artists: Francois Mazieres & Annieka Skinner
Francois and Annieka are the team behind Yandiwa. Based in Alice Springs, their knives reflect the red centre and showcase its arid timbers. Francois is a passionate knife maker exploring forged pattern welded Damascus and San Mai to create stunning steels. Annieka focuses on creating leatherwork for sheaths and more. Francois is a full voting member of the Australian Knife Guild and an Apprentice Bladesmith with the America Bladesmith Society.
Artist: Tamara Burlando
Tamara Burlando is a visual artist with more than 25 years of professional trajectory. She was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) where she undertook her foundational studies completing a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then moved to Barcelona to do a diploma in Sculpture and one in Photography. Throughout these explorations her abiding passion has always been textiles and their extensive possibilities and applications. Her way of working is dynamic and flexible, incorporating photography, printmaking, sculptures, textiles, and drawings. The fluidity of the mixed mediums employed as a vehicle to explore and arrive at what she wants to express. Living in Central Australia since 2007 Tamara has worked as a studio facilitator and mentor in the Papunya Tjupi Arts Centre and over many years at Yarrenyty Arltere Art Centre at Larapinta in Alice Springs. Come and join Tamara at her home studio, to see her current work and what she is developing as she works towards her forthcoming exhibition.
Yubu Napa Art Gallery & Studio
Yubu Napa is an Alice Springs based Art Gallery & Studio featuring some of the best artists from Central Australia and the Top End. During the Artisan Trail Yubu Napa will offer visitors the opportunity of viewing stunning works of Indigenous art as well as seeing the artists creating their amazing paintings. The visit to the gallery and studio will include a short art talk and an introduction to the artists in their studio.
Explore one of town’s treasures, Central Craft studios, an Alice Springs based hub where designers, artists, and craftspeople come together to create, play, explore, discover and/or weave raw materials transforming them into functional or decorative final products. The studio gives members access to a wide range of craft resources and has a workshop program open to the public. Lace making, eco dying, pottery and more will be on show.
As a member-based organisation, Central Craft aims to:
build the visibility of contemporary craft and design from the Northern Territory.
exhibit high quality craft and design to local, regional, and international audiences.
engage and educate individuals and groups in craft and design practice.
improve the viability of emerging and professional craft and design practitioners.
build strong cross-cultural partnerships to create opportunities for innovation in craft and design practice.
enhance the reputation of the Northern Territory as a significant centre for contemporary craft and design.
Ebb & Flow by Mark Twohig
Artist: Mark Twohig
A visual arts exhibition by local visual artist Mark Twohig.
Mark explores the concepts of flow and release through line work.
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.
After spending many years in Adelaide as a street artist, Mark now resides and works in Alice Springs creating domestic and commercial murals, as well as regularly facilitating art workshops for adults and children.
Artist: Deb Clarke
Deb Clarke’s practice is informed by her creative engagement with the landscape and ecosystem of Central Australia.
A long time painter and drawer she also loves to play at the edge of science and art, using found materials and employing natural processes.
The wild environment is her real studio. However, it is interesting to see the many ways she brings the outside, inside, in her Eastside studio.
The Road Exhibition
A thread between worlds, The Road invites inner observation and explores sensory unravelling as we move from urban environments to the transcendental expansiveness of ancient deserts.Bringing together installation and multiple screen art, vast and limitless landscape invites viewers to surrender to the dance between day and night, dark and light and eventually give way to bliss and the immense power and spirit of nature.
Presented at the Crispe Street Art Shed, by Shez Cairney, Al Bethune, Ben McIntyre, Walbira Murray and Sylvia Azney.
Video artworks by Shez Cairney, Trevor Almeida and Kate Follington, with original music by Jody Galvin, Mung Balding and Rob McPherson (Garagee).