Art, Culture, Country

Partnering with remote Indigenous Art Centres to deliver a landmark digital project that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create and share unique arts and cultural experiences with the world.


Art, Culture, Country

Partnering with remote Indigenous Art Centres to deliver a landmark digital project that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create and share unique arts and cultural experiences with the world.

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Yarrenyty Arltere

Yarrenyty Arltere is a vibrant dynamic art centre located in the heart of Alice Springs in the Larapinta Valley Town Camp which is all about the people that work there daily, their families, their community, their culture. Originally established in 2000 as a response to the chronic social issues faced by the town camp, Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp Artists started as an arts training project. Now a vibrant hub, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is seen as an important part in rebuilding strength in the community and creating economic access for people.

155 State Route 6, Araluen NT

Featured Artists

Born: 1977

Region: Luritja

Rhonda was born in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in 1977. She lived sometimes at Kwale Kwale and sometimes at Trucking Yards Town Camp where she went to Yipirinya School. Rhonda discovered her interest and passion for making soft sculptures when she followed her aunty Dulcie Sharpe into the art room one day. From initially watching the other artists around her, Rhonda has over the years, developed her skills, style and subject matter to reflect her own personal journey. From delicate stitched creatures to figures that depict profoundly honest personal stories, Rhonda’s works celebrates her love for her art, her family, country, and storytelling.

Born: 1984

Region: Walpari/Yuendumu

Louise was born in 1984. She is a Walpari women who grew up in Yuendumu, west of Alice Springs with her grandma. She loved living there as a child and going on bush trips with her grandma: hearing stories about country and collecting bush tucker. Her father’s country is Mina Mina in WA.

When Robertson was about 8 years old, she moved to Alice Springs to live with her mother. She still lives in Alice Springs to this day, now with her husband and 5 children.

Robertson said that she came into the art room one day to see what her mother-in-law, Dulcie Sharpe and all the other ladies were doing. She decided she wanted to be part of making and learning and so she started coming every day. At first, she was nervous, but then Dulcie taught her how to sew and now she loves it. She says she keeps trying new things and thinking about what to sew when she is at home. She wants to keep coming to the art room and getting better by making soft sculptures of people and animals. She wants people to feel happy when they look at her work, like she feels happy when she is making it. She wants people to see how beautiful the desert is and how beautiful the people that live here are.

Born: 1960

Region: Western Arrarnta

Marlene was born in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in 1960 and grew up at Amoonguna community, east of Alice Springs where she went to school. Marlene is the daughter of Wenton Rubuntja the well-known painter and activist. It was her father who fought for the rights of people to settle Town Camps in Alice Springs. Marlene is proud to call Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp home. Marlene learnt to sew at Yirara College, Alice Springs, however she only began making soft sculptures at Yarrenyty Arltere in 2009. She says she draws inspiration for her soft sculptures and her works on paper from what she sees around her in her daily life at Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp. She also draws inspiration from her father’s country and from her husband’s country at Wave Hill. Marlene is interested in telling proudly the stories of her people; her art is helping her to do this.

Born: 1975

Rosabella was born in the Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in 1975. She grew up at White Gate community with all her family, her grandfathers, aunties, and uncles. Her grandfather’s country is Little Well, Ross River way. When she was 12, she moved with her family to Santa Teresa so she could go to school. At 16 she moved back to White Gate to get married and to have her first child. Now she has six children and 2 grandchildren. She says she grew all her children up out bush at No 5 Community west of Alice Springs. Ryder now lives at Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp and is happy coming to sew and work. It is a new feeling for her she says, to be thinking about making things every day. She is proud of her children and her art.

Born: 1957

Region: Luritja/Arrernte

Dulcie Sharpe was born at Kwale Kwale (Jay Creek), but spent many years growing up at Hamilton Downs Station. Her mother was from Papunya and she is a Luritja speaker. Dulcie went to school at Kwale Kwale and says her happiest memories are playing every day after school in the bush and swimming when there was water. It was Dulcie’s grandmother, Old Laddie, who taught her everything about culture: how to find honey ants, bush tucker, dancing, language. Dulcie has been coming to the Yarrenyty Arltere Learning Centre since 2000 when she helped set it up as a place for her community to get well again from the chronic social issues it was facing. Dulcie wanted to create a safe place for the kids and adults to find new pathways into the future by holding on strongly to culture and learning together. Dulcie says she loves sewing. She sews after work on the weekend and even in hospital. Dulcie also makes limited edition etchings. She is a respected elder of the community and a positive role model for other artists.

A Project by Agency

UPLANDS is an immersive digital project that has been designed to celebrate Indigenous Art Centres and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artistic and cultural practices with the world.

This large scale immersive digital mapping project features over twenty remote Indigenous Art Centres, and interviews with over 150 Indigenous artists and arts workers from across the country.

UPLANDS is a project by Agency and has been funded by the Australian Government through the Restart to Invest, Sustain and Expand (RISE) program and the Indigenous Visual Art Industry Support (IVAIS) program.




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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Sovereign Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We extend our respects to their Ancestors and all First Nations peoples and Elders past, present, and future.