The Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre was officially opened on 27th June 2008 in Ali Curung, Northern Territory, Australia.
The name Arlpwe (pronounced Arlboe) was chosen for the Art Centre by the traditional land owners of the country on which Ali Curung is situated.
The English translation of the Australian Aboriginal word Arlpwe is "...this country all over, no waterhole, no rivers, only soakage and Spinifex country" - (Mr Mick Waake)
The traditional owners of this land belong to Katetye language group with Allawara, Warlpiri and Warramungu being the three other language groups that form the community.
The Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre’s members feel strongly that being able to paint and make traditional artefacts help the community to keep important elements of their native culture alive for future generations.
Many local artists use the Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre and these include Ali Curung men who have developed a strong reputation for fine authentic Aboriginal artefacts, paintings and artworks. Many of the Artists create Central Desert style paintings depicting ceremonial body designs and traditional dot painting landscapes.
Arlpwe's Art Gallery is situated away from the artists' production areas and comprises approximately 90 square metres of display area. All exhibits displayed in the gallery are professionally arranged, with each item being catalogued and labelled with the Artist's story and background.
Visitors to the gallery also have opportunities to meet the artists and watch them work thanks to Arlpwe's "Artists in Residence" Initiative.
The Gallery also provides an excellent facility in which to train Community Members in retail operations and provide experience while employing local Indigenous community members in numerous positions and across many facets of the operation.
It is open to the general public from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and visitors are actively encouraged to turn off the Stuart Highway and travel to Ali Curung to view the artworks, witness Artists in Residence at work and be a part of the culture.
To view and enquire about Australian Aboriginal artefacts and artworks currently being exhibited in the gallery please visit our Online Gallery.
The Pottery Studio
Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre introduced a new art medium (pottery) to the community to stimulate the creative process and attract diverse creative pieces that symbolise the culture of the artists.
The Pottery Studio also enables young adults to discover other methods for communicating and expressing their culture, and offering aspiring potters the increased opportunity for employment. Plus, the Pottery Studio involves younger children by conducting pottery classes for the local primary school.
The Pottery Training Studio is unique to the area and has been highly supported, as there is an identified need shared not only by Arlpwe Art and Art & Culture Centre and Ali Curung’s local community, but also by the broader region.
The Pottery Training Studio and its initiatives have a real impact on the territory already being identified as the framework for a partnership between other art centres and collaborating organisations that are actively supporting the remote Aboriginal art communities.
All the while, Arlpwe Art & Cultural Centre is looking to encourage new partnerships and facilitate new training programs, ideas and good practices, such as the one already developed between Charles Darwin University and those who work in, and care for, the Pottery Training Studio.
To find out more about Arlpwe Art & Culture Centre contact us today.