Workshop: Stockman Sculpture Making


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Experience the passing of intergenerational knowledge and culture firsthand at our Parrtjima workshops. Taste traditional foods, explore different styles of painting, and try out fabric screen printing and sculpture making. There’s also music and language workshops for the next generation. Engage, share in rare experiences, and be gifted an insight into the ancient skills and knowledge of our Aboriginal people that has been thousands of years in the making.

Please note some workshops may have an age restriction due to the tools and skills involved.

Please note, due to the intimate nature of some program elements at Desert Park, such as the music performances, workshops and talks, they have limited capacity. Spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the night.

Sunday 11 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Rayleen Brown: Bushfoods Talk and Tasting

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Join Rayleen Brown, founder of Kungkas Can Cook and renowned Chef and TV Host, Mark Olive for a delicious celebration of ancient bushfoods. Taste the wonderful bush flavours with Rayleen and Mark as you learn about the wild harvesting process which has sustained communities for thousands of years and the importance of preserving this knowledge. Discover why bushfoods are becoming recognised as superfoods and how they are merging with modern cuisine.

Monday 12 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Nina Fitzgerald: Fabric and Textiles Workshop

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Step into the world of Aboriginal textiles and fashion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writer and creative, Nina Fitzgerald. As the Creative Director of the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Award in 2020, Nina can speak to the growing movement of independent Aboriginal artists and designers working to break into the mainstream fashion industry. In this masterclass, delve into the creative processes of textile design and create and screen print your own work on a complimentary tote bag.

Tuesday 13 April
|6.30pm – 8.00pm

Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu: Painting through Symbolism Workshop

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Join one of the first and most successful Aboriginal-owned art centres in Central Australia, Warlukurlangu for a special workshop in iconography. Sit alongside artists of Yuendumu and neighbouring Warlpiri communities of Nyirripi and Yuelumu who are recognised for their glorious colourful acrylic paintings and limited edition prints while you learn to paint your own story using Aboriginal designs and iconography. Share stories in this intimate and collaborative workshop that focuses on the intergenerational passing of knowledge. 

Wednesday 14 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art: Namatjira Landscape Masterclass

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre is renowned for the continuation of the Hermannsburg (Ntaria)art movement which has grown steadily over the past 80 years. Western Arrernte artists of the Hermannsburg School continue the tradition of their grandfather and relative, Albert Namatjira, arguably one of Australia’s most famous 20th century artists. Join in this masterclass to practice the Hermannsburg technique as you paint landscapes using diverse methods and watercolour mediums alongside artists for this rare experience.

Thursday 15 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Spinifex Skateboards: Deck Painting Workshop

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) is home to Spinifex Skateboards. Founded by proud Arrernte man and the Northern Territory’s first Aboriginal qualified skateboard instructor Nicky Hayes, this cross-cultural program aims to educate and build strong relationships and confidence through physical activity. Customise your own ornamental skateboard deck with Nicky and the Spinifex crew and hear expert skateboarding tips from the pros.

Friday 16 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

DOBBY: Hip Hop Beats

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Bounce between beats in this ultimate hip hop workshop with DOBBY! Beginning his musical training at seven-years-old, DOBBY is a professional rapper, drummer and music composer whose family is from the Ngemba and Murrawarri lands. Try out your drumming skills alongside one of the most exciting and emerging Aboriginal musicians in Australia and learn how to express your story through song.

Saturday 17 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Shellie Morris: Singing in Language

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Join the knowledgeable and entertaining Shellie Morris as she takes you on a journey to uncover the truths behind her music and lyrics. You will hear the stories of Shellie’s Wardaman and Yanyuwa roots and uncover the meaning of the songs she has penned, including her incredible collaboration with the Borroloola Songwomen. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn to sing in language with one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters.

Sunday 18 April | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Tapatjatjaka Art Centre: Metal Sculptures Workshop

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Artists from the community of Titjikala in the Simpson Desert are renowned for their miniature horse sculptures, known as ‘Nanju’. The sculptures are created from wire, scrap metal and other salvaged materials and cleverly transformed into ‘bush toys’. Get thrifty and create your own take-home sculpture with artists of the Tapatjatjaka Art Centre including David Wallace, a proud Ltyentye Apurte man now living as a prominent artist in Titjikala.

Due to the nature of the workshop and the tools used, participants must be aged 12 or older.

  • Maruku Arts Artist with Boomerang
  • Maruku Arts Artist with Boomerang

    Artist from Maruku Arts

  • Image courtesy Parrtjima / Northern Territory Major Events Company

  • Shellie Morris will hit the right note at Parrtjima. Pic Credit: LaVonne Bobongie

  • Stockman Sculpture Making workshop, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Stockman Sculpture Making workshop, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC