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Alice Springs Cultural Precinct
Cnr Larapinta Drv & Memorial Ave
ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870

Ph: 08 8951 1120 • Email • Disabled accessible services.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Araluen Cultural Precinct’, as the Araluen Arts Centre is one of the featured attractions, the ‘Alice Springs Cultural Precinct’ offers a number of fascinating attractions in the one unique location. A single entry fee provides an experience encompassing visual and performing arts, Aboriginal culture, heritage and natural history. Check out some of our images from the precinct.

Alice Springs Cultural Precinct Images

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Mural
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri is remembered in a mural of his work. The original painting was commissioned through Papunya Tula Artists P/L by the Araluen Trust. Based on a painting of Central Australian landscapes that Clifford Possum did in 1984, which hangs in the Cultural Centre, local artist Bob and Kaye Kessing with the assistance of students from Yirara College and friends, worked on the original mural, under Possum's supervision, in 1985.

Exposure to the elements over time, caused fading, with water damage occurring behind the rendering. 2008 saw the restoration of the mural by the same artists Bob and Kaye Kessing, who were joined in re-painting the mural by Pauline Clack, Henry Schreiner, Julie Birdis and Geoffrey Robinson. The restoration was carried out under the supervision of Tjapaltjarri’s son, Lionel Possum Tjungarrayi.

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Mural - Alice Springs Cultural Precinct

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Mural - Alice Springs Cultural Precinct

The first section depicts the Honey Ant Dreaming site in which the Honey Ant people camped during their travels east. The site is at Yuelumu, near Mt. Allen, where there is an important water soakage depicted by the roundel. The ‘U’ shapes represent the people and the short curved lines depict the digging sticks they used for digging honey ants. The three long lines show their paths of travel. These designs are used on ground and body during ceremonies associated with Honey Ant Dreaming.

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Source:
1 Alice Springs Cultural Precinct signage
2 Northern Territory Projects, Brecknock Consulting. Retrieved July 17, 2008 from http://www.brecknockconsulting.com.au/05_photofile/photofile_nt.htm
3 Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Mural Restored, 25 June 2008 - Media release, Northern Territory Government. Retrieved July 17, 2008 from http://newsroom.nt.gov.au/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewRelease&id=4258&d=5
 
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