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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mingkiri Arts gallery

Celebrated Indigenous artist Anna Pitjara will be in residence at Ayers Rock Resort during August as part of the Resort’s Artist-in-Residence program.  During her residence, Anna will work in the Desert Oak Studio daily drawing inspiration from her surrounds while interacting with guests.  An exhibition by contemporary Indigenous artist Maureen Hudson will also feature at the Resort in August.

Each month, Ayers Rock Resort's highly successful Artist-in-Residence program features an Australian artist and a regular Australian craftsperson to work within the Resort and create art in situ, as well as to exhibit and sell their work.  This is in addition to artists from the local Mutitjulu Community who work daily at the Indigenous Art Market located at the Resort Town Square.

Previous well known Indigenous artists have included Raymond Walters Japanangka, Teresa Baker of Tjungu Palya Arts, Roma Butler and Dianne Dawson of Minyma Kutjarra (Wingellina). Regular craftspeople as part of the program have included ceramics artist Lesley Chaston, textile artist Caroline Sharkey and artists from Warburton Glass.

Highly sought after by galleries and collectors alike, Anna Pitjara is renowned for her fine rhythmic dot work technique, often in black and white or red and white with small blocks of colour. Most recognised for her works Sandhills/My Country dreaming using this technique, the series has emerged as one of her most prized.

During August, Maureen Hudson will also showcase her work titled Seven Sisters in the Night Sky at Desert Oak Studio. Maureen is known for her elegant painting style and her unique dotting technique resulting in an extraordinary three dimensional aspect to her paintings, whether depicting rolling sand dunes or aerial maps of her country.

“The Artist-in-Residence program offers guests a unique opportunity to meet and watch these talented artists at work and provide meaningful connections with Indigenous art whilst enhancing their understanding of Indigenous culture,” says Ray Stone, Voyages Executive General Manager Sales Marketing and Distribution.

Original hand-selected central Australian Indigenous art can also be viewed and purchased at the Resort’s acclaimed Mulgara Gallery, Desert Oaks Studio and Mingkiri Arts and Craftworks.

Visit for a weekend and stay two nights at the five star Sails in the Desert hotel from $432* per person. Package also includes return Ayers Rock Airport transfers and an Indigenous activities program. Children 15 years and under stay free.

For more information, visit ayersrockresort.com.au or call 1300 134 044.

*Conditions apply. The 2 Night Escape is valid for new bookings until 29 March 2015 and travel until 31 Mar 2015, high season rates apply for travel 1 Jul 2014 - 30 Nov 2014. A minimum 2 night stay per room applies, on early check out the regular Nightly Rate will be charged. Quote ESC2 at time of booking.