Red Hot Arts Central Australia has twice delivered the Alice Springs Street Art Festival, most recently in 2021. The festival aims create a sense of vibrancy and purpose within the CBD, that in turn creates local engagement, retail opportunities and visitation.

The previous two festivals have seen 11 new pieces of street art installed throughout the streets of Alice Springs, including pieces from well-known interstate street artists, such as Kaff-eine, Bronte Naylor and Gus Eagleton, as well as our own very talented local artists and arts organisations, including Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre.

Check out these works, and the other public art in Alice Springs, on the Alice Springs Public Art Map.

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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)

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 the 2021 Festival

Kaff-eine (Vic)

Melbourne based artist Kaff-eine paints public artwork globally, while pursuing realist portraiture in her Melbourne studio.

Gus Eagleton (Qld)

Australian Artist Gus Eagleton creates interpretations of reality and beauty within the urban landscape.

Brontë Naylor (Qld)

Bronte Naylor (b.1993) is an Australian Visual Artist working across exhibitions, public art, installation, research and community engagement.

Miss Polly (Darwin)

Polly Johnstone is a Northern Territory based visual artist and arts educator.

Local Artists Involved in the 2021 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.

Karine Tremblay

Karine Tremblay is an Alice Springs based artist. She as been in Alice since 2010.

Mark Twohig

Alice Springs born Mark Twohig started his career as a sign writer and screen printer before moving into graphic design and illustration.

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.

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.

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.

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.