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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, 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

The next section shows ground and body paint designs associated with the rock hole and water soakage site of Nyinyalingi. The ‘U’ shapes represent the men and women who took part in the ceremony in mythological times and then travelled south. The bead necklaces worn during the ceremonies are also depicted. The ceremonies are associated with the secret-sacred Maliyarra cycle, which could not be revealed.

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Mural - Alice Springs Cultural Precinct

The third section depicts designs associated with the previous site of Nyinyalingi, near Mt. Allen station. During ceremony, the designs are used on the ground, body and to decorate shields. The U shapes represent two women camped at the site. During the day the women collected an edible berry which grows in the vicinity. Two Kadaitcha Men were also in the area and are depicted by the oblong shapes which are the shields used by them as well as the small clumps of leaves they carry in their hands.

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