Yarrenty Arltere Artists , Central Australia
Situated in Alice Springs, the town camp of Yarrenyty Arltere has been supporting Arrente and Luritja artists since 2000. Initially run as a training program, the initiative developed into an art centre enterprise in 2009. It is a not-for-profit Aboriginal owned and managed organisation.
Associated with the dog dreaming of the Arrente people, the Yarrenyty Arltere takes its name from the prominent white hill opposite the Learning Centre, meaning white devil dog.
Yarrenyty artists have been gaining recognition for their soft sculptures: an art practice initiative that uses recycled woollen blankets dyed in the art centre with local plants, and even rusted metal found in and around Alice Springs. The sculptures range from small standing figures or spirits, insects and reptiles, to slightly larger animals such as camels and birds. Embellished with brightly coloured hand embroidery and sometimes feathers or beads, they exude a unique quirkiness which is their trademark feature.
In 2013, Yarrenyty Arltere artist Rhonda Sharpe won the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award – 3D Award, and Dulcie Sharpe was selected as one of 16 finalists in the West Australian Indigenous Art Award.
Works from this art centre have featured in the following Outstation Exhibitions: