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As the Australian Indigenous art movement grows and matures, travellers from all around the world seek it out, some looking not only for an art piece to take home, but to perhaps meet the artist themselves.

Whether you are a collector or just someone with an interest and looking for a original piece of artwork to call your own, Alice Springs and Central Australia, Darwin and the Top End of the Northern Territory, offers plenty of outlets, from the many fine galleries, roadhouses, and smaller businesses offering art for sale. Some Aboriginal communities have outlets that sell direct to the public, some of which are listed here or just contact the local visitor centre for more information.

Other avenues for purchasing artwork are the special event sales as sometimes held by places like the Alice Springs Cultural Precinct (encompassing the Araluen Centre and Galleries), or Alice Springs Desert Park.

Another very popular place to pick up art and to actually meet the artist is at the Todd Mall Markets, usually held every second Sunday, with other special market days also being held. Contact the local visitor centre or visit the Alice Springs Council website for information on what day the markets are on, especially if you want to plan your holiday to include a visit to the Todd Mall Markets. You can also sometimes catch artists selling their paintings during the week in Todd Mall.

Following are some examples of artists and their works that have previously sold their works through the market.

• Trephina Sultan / Thanguwa
Trephina Sultan
Trephina Sultan was born in Alice Springs in Central Australia. Visitors to the Alice Springs area have been purchasing Trephina’s paintings over many years. The paintings reflect her family’s culture, upbringing as a young child, and stories as told by her Elders.

Her work include the ‘dot style’ synonymous with Aboriginal art, including the many symbolism and iconography that represent the vegetation, food source, flora and fauna that is representative of Central Australia. A more recent work, is her ‘Tjanpi Kampanyi’ (Burning Grass), a move away from her previous traditional works.

As well as producing art of different sizes, from the small to the wall size canvases, Trephina has also created pieces by request. A recent commissioned painting incorporated ‘blues’, representing water.

Other works have included the interpretation of stories:
  • Kulu - the landing of a meteorite and the beginning of life
  • Grandmothers Way - Elder Ladies teaching the children stories, songs and dance and to have respect for the land

You can place an order for a commissioned piece by Trephina through AusEmade. For more details and a sample of her works, click here...

• Audrey Rubuntja
Audrey Rubuntja
Audrey Rubuntja was born in 1942 in the old Alice Springs hospital to Wildred and Lucy Swift of Hermannsburg. She was the second born child, her older sister Amy is deceased. Her parents later adopted another sister, Alisan. Her father worked in the Mission store at Areyonga, and her mother worked as a housemaid for the local pastor at the time.

She has been painting for about 30 years. Her paintings tell stories of family, bush tucker gathering and dreamtime stories. As she explains, ‘My grandchildren love to watch me paint as I tell them stories and explain to them the meaning of the different symbols used. In this modern days we have adapted to the use of acrylic paint to illustrate the same stories that were originally told with drawings done by hand on bare ground’.

She enjoys painting and passing on the gift to the following generations. It is an important part of our culture as Aboriginal People.

You can view some of her works through this website, click here...
• June Sultan
June Sultan Narpandi-Arpungada
Sultanas (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan
June Sultan Narpandi-Arpungada

I have been painting for over 13 years now. My art is inspired by my brother Reg Sultan and my extended family including aunts and uncles.

I have 3 children - 2 daughters and 1 son. My daughters Faye and Margaret also do paintings.

My paintings are traditional stories of bush tucker and bush medicine. I also paint more abstract pieces about Aboriginal culture.

I have been painting here in Alice Springs for some years now. Many of my friends know to find me at Todd Mall, especially on market day. If you are in town, you can usually see me sitting in my camping chair or a blanket on the grassy verge, with my paintings.

You can view some of my works through this website, click here...

Honey ants (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan Sultana (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan Witchetty grubs (Bush Tucker) © June Sultan Honey suckle © June Sultan
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