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An exuberant new movement in contemporary Indigenous art


A showstopping monograph on Iwantja Arts, home to Australia's most exciting contemporary Indigenous artists

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Located on a small ridge at the edge of the Indulkana Ranges, approximately 575 kilometres south of Alice Springs, Iwantja Arts art centre is home to some of Australia's most exciting Indigenous art.

The art centre, a studio collective where the artists paint and socialise, was founded in the 1980s when many Aboriginal communities were fighting for land rights. It was during this time that now senior artists campaigned to both establish an art centre in the community and for the 1981 Land Rights Act.

As intended, the art centre is now a bustling intergenerational hub of the community where everyones shares stories, creates art and connects with their long-standing culture. Senior artists, such as original centre co-founder Alec Baker, paint alongside budding artists as well as award-winners like Vincent Namatjira, Kaylene Whiskey and Tiger Yaltangki.

Told through the artists' own words, this searing bilingual publication charts the history of Indulkana from being one of the first pastoral leases in the region to the culturally rich creative hub it is today. Iwantja is a showstopping monograph of the Anangu artists everyone needs to know.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.5 x 24.3 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 11 January 2024

ISBN: 9781760762605

About the Author

Iwantja Arts is an Indigenous owned and governed Aboriginal art centre, located in the rocky, desert country of Indulkana C ommunity on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the remote north-west of South Australia. Iwantja Arts is named after the Iwantja Creek near where the Indulkana Community was founded, which is the site of the Tjurki (native owl) Tjukurpa. The art centre was established in the early 1980s by founding artists and directors Alec Baker and Sadie Singer, and Iwantja Arts now supports the artistic careers of its 40+ predominantly Yankunytjatjara artist members, providing access to artistic and
professional development. Iwantja Arts is renowned for its innovative and culturally rich projects with prestigious outcomes that celebrate Anangu cultural strength and artistic excellence.