Initiated by the Araluen Arts Centre, the first exhibition in 1991 presented the contemporary art and craft work of thirteen art centres and art groups, with the hope that it would become an annual event. In 2021 artists from art centres in Arrernte country, the Western Desert, Martu country, Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Spinifex country, the Barkly and Utopia, will come together for Desert Mob’s 30th anniversary year.
Across three decades, Desert Mob has presented thousands of new works by thousands of artists, shared their many stories and cultural projects, and has become a nationally renowned and anticipated event. Desert Mob has created a legacy as a unique coming together in Mparntwe, as a place for artists’ familial, intergenerational gathering and exchange, and for audiences to listen to and share in one of the most significant art movements and the strongest expressions of First Nations culture in the world.
Desert Mob 30 will be celebratory and reflective. The official opening and performances, exhibition, marketplace and associated events at venues across Mparntwe are an unmissable opportunity to experience and share artist’s voices, stories, resilience and strength, and witness this exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism over 30 years.
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