The Ampilatwatja Collection is now open for viewing by appointment at Winya’s Melbourne showroom at 15 Queen Street, Melbourne. To make an appointment phone Winya on 03 9629 3252.
“We invite you to view this vibrant and joyful collection from the artists in Ampilatawatja. Consider buying art for your workplace or home as a practical way to support reconciliation. Consider buying art through your organisation’s Indigenous Procurement Policy.” Bibi Barba, Curator and Director of Niniji
About the collection
Ampilatwatja (pronounced um-bludder-witch), is the cultural heartland of the Alyawarr nation with art an important expression of the Alyawarr people’s connection with the land.
Ampilatwatja community is located on the Sandover Highway, about 4 hours drive north east of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The Artists of Ampilatwatja Aboriginal Corporation was established in 1999.
The fine dot-painted landscapes and bright colours are the signature of Ampilatwatja art. The community made a conscious decision not to paint ‘altyerr’ dreaming stories.
The artists paint the landscapes where their sacred stories belong and where they have a strong connection with their country.
The predominant themes in the Artists of Ampilatwatja paintings are ‘strong bush medicine’, demonstrating a deep connection to country. Their work pays homage to the significance and use of traditional bush medicine, allowing an insight into their community.
Meet some of the artists whose artworks are featured in this collection. Available on ICTV PLAY, Indigenous community videos on demand: