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May 19, 2009

Art Centre of the week - Iwantja Arts - Indulkana, South Australia

I'll be travelling back up the wonderful Stuart Highway later this week en-route to home in the south-west NT and will drop in to the

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I’ll be travelling back up the wonderful Stuart Highway later this week en-route to home in the south-west NT and will drop in to the Iwantja Arts Centre at Indulkana in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (commonly known as the APY lands) lands of northern South Australia on the way.

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I don’t know a lot about the art from this part of the world but from the website gallery it appears that there is some wonderful art being produced there. Artwork from Iwantja includes acrylics on linen, lino-cut prints, collograph prints, woven items and a range of carved wooden items.

Indulkana is just a few kilometres off the Stuart Hight an hour or so south of the NT border – I passed it on my way down last week and made a mental note to give myself time on the way home to drop in.

I’ll do a follow-up post on my visit and let you know what I like and what I bought!

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Their website provides the following information about Iwantja’s history:

Iwantja Community is mainly Yankunytjatjara people living on the eastern side of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands, 8 km from the Stuart Highway in the far north of South Australia, on a dusty rocky ridge called Indulkana.

Indulkana Arts Association started in the seventies. Initially used for secondary student’s art lessons, the building used was so crowded at times that the teacher had to mark spots on the floor in the morning to make sure they all had room! Skills were learnt and the beginnings of a clear identity formed. People did traditional wood carving (punu), batik, patchwork, dying, painting and around the early eighties linoblock printing started. Over 100 prints and many drawings from that time are in the South Australian Museum. They are mainly monochrome using dreaming symbols. Later, artists had some connection with Studio One in Canberra and three women went there to work with their printers. Some multi-coloured prints were developed then.

Iwantja Arts and Crafts moved into the Family Centre in January 1995. Since then Iwantja has gone from strength to strength on the basis of its strong cultural identity and impressive output.

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  1. Anne McInnes

    Both Iwantja Gallery and the Iwantja band are worth seeing/hearing, but you might miss both as the director of the Art Centre has been in England and the band will soon off to perform at the Indigenous Festival in Brisbane.

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