“As one expression of an ever-adapting culture, the artworks featured in Parrtjima continue a tradition of using varying mediums and new ways of telling a story while continuing an ancient practice of listening to and ‘painting up’ country.” Rhoda Roberts AO – AGB Events First Nations Adviser
The journey from ‘painting up’ country to large-scale illuminated installations is a long one for Aboriginal artists from across the Central Desert region, and Parrtjima organisers.
This thoughtful, collaborative process, however, is what makes the festival event such a spectacular experience of culture, country, language, light and art for all to enjoy.
Artworks featured in Parrtjima come from a call out to 40 Aboriginal art centres including artists from Arrernte, Luritja, Anmatyerre, Warlpiri and Pitjantjatjara Nations. Once the artworks are submitted, Parrtjima organisers present the creative concepts to the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group (PFRG); a network of respected Arrernte people who advise on the cultural appropriateness of those paintings for the country in which they are being displayed.
Under the guidance of the PFRG, approvals from appropriate organisations and through the artistic vision of First Nations Adviser, Rhoda Roberts AO, these paintings then become large-scale illuminated installations; designed to facilitate wonder and cultural respect.
Parrtjima A festival in Light is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and delivered by Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) that works in collaboration with AGB Events, creative consultants and producers.