The Writing's on the Wall
as part of the Alice Desert Festival 2010

Watch this Space in partnership with the Alice Desert Festival presents ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’, an exploration of the definition and crossovers of Art, Public Art, Graffiti and Street Art. This project has been funded by Arts NT - Small to Medium Public Art.

Jacqui Stockdale @ 0870 SOMA (Todd Mall)
from 7th Sept, WTS Opening Wed 15 Sept, 6pm
A two week residency creating a series of photographs and paper costumes, Stockdale will ‘set up shop’ in an empty shopfront and ask members of the public to become the subject of her work. The WTS gallery will showcase the series of postcard portraits shown alongside the paper costumes.

Ross Byers - Kinetic Cart, throughout the Festival
Ross Byers is a designer, maker, public sculptor and painter. Fresh from the National Regional Arts Conference in Tasmania, Ross brings his Kinetic Cart to life in Alice. This project is supported by Alice Kitchens & Cabinets.

WTS is looking for interest from schools, community groups and organisations to 'host' Ross' cart alongside a digital artist talk, please contact WTS for more info.

Chains of Change; Tom Hall, Megg Kelham & Tammy Brennan
@ The Old Stuart Gaol, Mon 13 & Tues 14 Sept, 7pm

Shedding light (literally!) on the old Stuart Town Gaol, Tom, Megg and Tammy present an audio visual history of the Gaol. With a strong focus on elements of the ‘everyday’ Hall’s practice involves considered explorations into place, space and time. For those who missed Tom in May, this performance is not to be missed. This project is supported by McDouall Stuart Branch of the National Trust (NT).
View a short history of the Old Stuart Gaol by Megg Kelham HERE

See Tom Halls blog/pics/video of the project on his website

Below Video courtesy Tom Hall (also appears on above link to Toms Website)

Chains of Change [extract from live rehearsal] from Tom Hall on Vimeo more photos of this one coming soon!

Under my feet - Chalk Aerosol in the Todd Mall
Using a temporary chalk aerosol, WTS produced stencils using text from local writer Mardijah Simpson's poem 'In Land' alongside stencil designs from students at Centralian Senior College (part of an Artist in Residence program).

Sacred Sites Bus Tour for Artists, Thurs 23 Sept
WTS members are invited to participate in this special tour; places are limited, book your seat early. Not a member? Contact WTS to join!

Mparntwe (Alice Springs) is situated in a majestic and culturally rich landscape, where the physical manifestation of stories as old as time, lie beside the wonders and mundanities of a modern age.

This landscape and diverse cultural milieu has for many years captured visiting artists, who remain here to work, study, document and decipher the hidden and unfolding language of the physical and cultural landscape of our town. The intensity and depth of their observation, gives them a unique perspective into the interpretation of this space. This perspective is shared and expanded by the Arrernte custodians who continue to watch over and care for their sacred country. The Mparntwe people continue to respect, maintain, preserve and fight for the protection of their sacred heritage. Aboriginal custodian, Doris Stuart Kngwarraye Apmere-ke-Artweye gives a guided bus tour of tracks and sites of Mparntwe.
This tour aims to facilitate a dialogue and cultural exchange between resident local artists and Arrernte custodians of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), who are both engaged in observing this country and the unfolding dramas of life at the centre of this iconic town and cultural meeting place. Participating artists will be invited to express their interest in an exhibition opportunity linked to this theme.

Who’s writing on what Wall? Public Forum
Theres been a bit of a buzz lately in Alice around public art ... So what is public art? Do we need it? Do we want it? Is it important for Alice Springs? Why do we want it? Who is it for? WTS will be inviting a selection of panels members from various backgrounds to drive this discussion with the community. Please email WTS your expression of interest to receive more info.