Alice Springs, NT

Visit Australia’s favourite Indigenous art show online

By The Weekender Travel

December 7, 2020 | 2 minute read

Photo @DesertMob by Oliver Eclipse.
Photo @DesertMob by Oliver Eclipse.

What do you do if people can’t come to your gallery? You bring the gallery to the people.

The team behind the Desert Mob found the perfect solution to COVID restrictions that were stopping interstate visitors from attending their Indigenous art show in Alice Springs (or as the locals call it, Mparntwe.) They created an online event for anyone who couldn’t attend, so the whole country could view and buy the incredible art on display. 

Desert Mob is a hugely popular annual art show curated by Indigenous artists and run by the Araluen Arts Centre in partnership with Desart. While in past years, thousands of art lovers have had to make the trek to Alice Springs to see the vibrant art on display, this year for the first time all exhibits will be made available online for free. 

This is a big win for the artists, who will now get their work in front of an international audience. 

“Being able to target the Desert Mob Marketplace to a global audience takes Central Australia, the home of the Aboriginal Art movement to the world,” said Desart CEO Philip Watkins. 

Comprising an art symposium and exhibition, this year’s event showcases work from 177 new and emerging artists, located across remote areas of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

Every artwork in the show will also be for sale in the Desert Mob MarketPlace. All money from sales goes straight back to the artists, their art centres and their communities. With new pieces being added every day, the MarketPlace sells more than just paintings. You can get your hands on jewellery, photography, pottery, clothing and even hand painted boomerangs. 

The MarketPlace is open until September 19th, so get in quick if you have your eye on any of the pieces.