Biennale of Sydney

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre

Selma Coulthard, Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs), West of Alice Springs, NT, 2021, watercolour on paper, mixed media. Installation view of ‘Kutja Malla Manttara – Collecting (Bush foods) in cloths’ (2021) at RAFT Art Space, Alice Springs. Courtesy the artist and RAFT Art Space. Photograph: Martina Capurso.
Vanessa Inkamala, No Dig It, 2021, from the series ‘Our Way (TBC)’, watercolours on recycled street signs, 45 x 60 cm. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy Vanessa Inkamala and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre. © Vanessa Inkamala and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre.
Dellina Inkamala, Rutjipma (Mt Sonder), NT, 2021, from the series ‘Our Way (TBC)’, 2021, watercolours on recycled street signs, 34 x 14 cm. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney. Courtesy Dellina Inkamala and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre. © Dellina Inkamala and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre.

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre
Founded in 2004 in Mparntwe, Northern Territory, Australia


We are proud our fathers were a part of the original Hermannsburg Watercolour Movement and now, generations on we are still painting together, carrying on this same tradition.  

Iltja Ntjarra Artists

Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre is a not-for-profit art centre, proudly Aboriginal owned and directed. The centre has a special focus on supporting the ‘Hermannsburg School’-style watercolour artists, who continue to paint in the tradition of their grandfather and relative, Albert Namatjira, arguably one of Australia’s most famous artists of the 20th century. The Art Centre started operating in 2004 to provide a place for Western Aranda artists to come together to paint, share and learn new techniques and ideas.

The artists painting at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre today do so with an eye to the future and the past, thereby closing a loop. Over the past ten years, Iltja Ntjarra artists have consistently experimented with new materials, methods, source material, processes and scale. In recent projects, their work has been transformed into fashion and incorporated into light projections. They have developed a strong collaborative practice and asserted a powerful political voice. This has all been done with a continued commitment to create landscape paintings of their beloved country in the style of Albert Namatjira.

Iltja Ntjarra’s project for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney is co-curated by Marisa Maher working closely with the Artistic Director and Curatorium of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

Participants:

Mervyn Rubuntja

Born 1958 in Telegraph Station, Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia
Lives and works Mparntwe (Alice Springs)
Central and Western Aranda

Selma Coulthard 

Born 1954 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia
Lives and works Mparntwe (Alice Springs)
Western and Southern Aranda

Vanessa Inkamala

Born 1968 in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Australia
Lives and works Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia
Western Aranda

Kathy Inkamala

Born 1968 in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Australia
Lives and works Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia
Western Aranda

Dellina Inkamala

Born 1984 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia
Lives and works Mparntwe (Alice Springs)
Western Aranda

Clara Inkamala

Born 1954 in Ntaria (Hermannsburg)
Lives and works Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia
Western Aranda

23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022)

Details to be announced

Exhibited Artwork

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, HOMELESS ON MY HOMELAND, 2018-19. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale. Courtesy the artist and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs.

Photograph: Jessica Maurer

Location: Cockatoo Island

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, HOMELESS ON MY HOMELAND, 2018-19. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale. Courtesy the artist and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs.

Photograph: Courtesy the artists and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, HOMELESS ON MY HOMELAND, 2018-19. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale. Courtesy the artist and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs.

Photograph: Courtesy the artists and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Mparntwe / Alice Springs. Photograph: Alex Robinson.

Location:

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, HOMELESS ON MY HOMELAND, 2018-19. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale. Courtesy the artist and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs.

Photograph: Courtesy the artists and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Mparntwe / Alice Springs. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Location: Carriageworks

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, HOMELESS ON MY HOMELAND, 2018-19. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale. Courtesy the artist and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs.

Photograph: Zan Wimberley

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, HOMELESS ON MY HOMELAND, 2018-19. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Fondation Opale. Courtesy the artist and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs.

Photograph: Courtesy the artists and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre, Alice Springs. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Location: Campbelltown Arts Centre