2017 Spaces on Country

Location Alice Springs Desert Park

Apmere Untenge (Spiritual Country) From a 300-million-year-old natural canvas to canvases beneath the stars – look up and take in the beauty.

Suspended with stars as a backdrop, Expression Space was a gallery of giant lampshades giving a panoramic perspective of the vibrant contemporary artworks created by Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists(Lifestyle Solutions)...

Location Alice Springs Desert Park

Iltyerraye (To Wave) Connect with the MacDonnell Ranges using the newest technologies.

Between lighting show sequences of the Apmere Ahelthe Itethe display, festival goers had an opportunity to step into the conductors seat and experience lighting the MacDonnell Ranges using a world-first interactive control system.

Sweeping your hands across your body to control the motion of up to eighty moving lights across...

Location Alice Springs Desert Park

Apmere Melangke (There’s No Place Like Home) Become part of the art as you immerse yourself in the projection space of Grounded.

Grounded returned to Parrtjima – A Festival in Light to showcase a fresh crop of artworks by Ikuntji Artists Eunice Napanangka Jack and Gordon Butcher, and Arrernte Artists Patricia Ansell DoddsCarol Turner and Greg McAdam, and Lindy Brodie from Barkly Regional Arts.

Using a powerful digital projection onto the desert sands, the sequence of works created a giant...

Location Alice Springs Desert Park

Pmara Nunakanna Ntarterrah (Look After Our Country) drew inspiration from the historical Hermannsburg Church, patrons witnessed Honouring Space evolve over the 10 nights of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light.d

Honouring Space was presented in collaboration with Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, which supports Hermannsburg School-style watercolour artists who paint in the tradition of their grandfather and relative, Albert “Elea” Namatjira...

Location MacDonnell Ranges

Ampere Ahelhe Itethe (All Country Is Alive)

We explore the elements of this country, Arrernte Country.

At Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2017, the majestic MacDonnell Ranges continued to be illuminated with a stunning display of light treatment and sound celebrating the heartbeat of country expressed through the elements of wind, fire and water...

Location Alice Springs Desert Park

Awelya-Akerte Apmere (Medicine Country)

Using state-of-the-art LED luminaires, Medicine Space projected a series of artworks by Alice Springs artists Michelle Holmes, Julieanne Morton and Kathleen Rambler onto hanging semi-transparent fabric, suspended in the desert and moving freely in the breeze, as images magically appear and disappear...

Location Alice Springs Desert Park

Connecting Country

Pathways and overhead lighting around the Festival space reflect the Arrernte peoples’ connection to country and sky, where for thousands of years and across generations the area has hosted ceremonies, trade routes and exchanges...