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For metalwork artist Dan Murphy, old cars are part of the West Macs landscape.

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These are the individual Art stories, or you can listen to them grouped into topics as Art journeys.

Mereenie Ridge

Indigenous artwork can depict some important information about the landscape.

Mereenie Ridge

Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula

A profile of one of the early practitioners of the Western Desert art movement.

Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula

Rock Art circa 1970

The Jay Creek station displays a more modern approach to Aboriginal rock art.

Rock Art circa 1970
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Battarbee & Namatjira

How Albert Namatjira applied his local sensitivities to the European traditions he was taught.

Battarbee & Namatjira

Wild Woman Dreaming Pangkalang

The "Pangkalangka" was a powerful and magical woman who would steal children and young men for herself.

Wild Woman Dreaming Pangkalang

Yarrentyty Arltere Art Story

The unique environment of a town camp is represented in the work of the Yarrenyty-Arltere Artists.

Yarrentyty Arltere Art Story
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Arrarnta Cowgirl

A decorated pot tells the tale of the Hermannsburg water pipe project.

Arrarnta Cowgirl

Legacy of Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira (28 July 1902 - 8 August 1959), born Elea Namatjira, was an Australian artist. He was a Western Arrarnta…

Legacy of Albert Namatjira

Camels in the Landscape

Camels can put the landscape into perspective.

Camels in the Landscape
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Lenie Namatjira

Lenie is Albert Namatjira's grand daughter. She describes her love of depicting her land in painting.

Lenie Namatjira

Kevin Namatjira

Albert Namatjira's grandson talks about his passion for painting.

Kevin Namatjira

Out of the Spinifex

Author Kaye Kessing recognises that spinifex is the key to survival for many native species.

Out of the Spinifex
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Felt rabbits go feral

Siri Omberg creates felt rabbits to illustrate the impact of feral animals on the Australian landscape.

Felt rabbits go feral

Place for Reflection

There is a distinct point when entering Serpentine Gorge where all conversation stops.

Place for Reflection

Night Parrot

The elusive night parrot lives on as a costume in a local wearable art festival.

Night Parrot
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Losing Control

For an artist, a loss of control can sometimes reap rewards.

Losing Control

Native Flora Jewellery

Siri uses the shapes of native flora to create her unique jewellery.

Native Flora Jewellery

J9 looks to Macs for inspiration

J9 says the West Macs take her breath away and inspire her art.

J9 looks to Macs for inspiration
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Ochre - the Worldwide Phenomenon

Historian Dick Kimber looks at how ochre has been used in art over the centuries- both in the West Macs and worldwide.

Ochre - the Worldwide Phenomenon

Rust, the landscape and art

Collection of stories from artists all inspired by the landscape and the rust...

Rust, the landscape and art

The importance of Mulga

How an old car rusting in the landscape had a relationship with the mulga around it.

The importance of Mulga
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Dan Murphy metalwork artist

For metalwork artist Dan Murphy, old cars are part of the West Macs landscape.

Dan Murphy metalwork artist

Using Ochre in Art

Ochre has become a favourite material for modern artists too.

Using Ochre in Art

Mr Bowman

Marilynn Armstrong recalls growing up around Glen Helen at the time when Brian Bowman ran the homestead.

Mr Bowman
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Alienation to Country

Sue McLeod describes the dilemma of non-Indigenous artists in representing the landscape.

Alienation to Country

A long artistic heritage

The rising interest in Indigenous art attracts well known contemporary artist, Euan McLeod.

A long artistic heritage

Buying Art

When buying Indigenous art, always look for an ethical dealer.

Buying Art
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Plein-Au Art

Deb Clarke describes the best method for capturing the landscape of the West Macs.

Plein-Au Art

Palm Valley: inspiration for art

Palm Valley is a significant place of inspiration for Deb Clark.

Palm Valley: inspiration for art

Artistic nature

A fondness for fronds meets rice paper calligraphy.

Artistic nature
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Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy is an Arrarnta who only ever uses three colours in her paintings

Ivy Pareroultja

Painting the connection

Indigenous artists can bring a unique perspective when painting the scenes of their land.

Painting the connection

Vessels

Sally Mumford takes us on a journey through some of her artwork.

Vessels
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Tiny Science

In a landscape known for its vastness, some people still find inspiration in the small.

Tiny Science

Arts of Boats

Henry Smith talks about one of his artworks.

Arts of Boats

Full of Beanies

Siri Omberg creates striking hats with Indigenous woman in remote communities.

Full of Beanies
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Namatjira inspires the young Cooney

The landscapes and colours captured by Albert Namatjira were a revelation to one young artist.

Namatjira inspires the young Cooney
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