Established in 2000, the Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists studio is the first in Australia to occupy the intersection between supported studios and Aboriginal art centres.
The art centre supports Aboriginal artists living with disability. The studio provides a means for artists to pursue and nourish their artistic practices with a national exhibition schedule, design contracts, multimedia collaborations, art fairs and art award opportunities. Artists hail from communities across the Central Desert region – from Kaḻṯukatjara / Docker River to Yurntumu / Yuendumu – yet most reside in Mparntwe. The painting process is an expression of self and a connection to country.
The Mwerre Anthurre Artists developed out of Bindi Enterprises, which was established in 1978 to provide employment and community engagement opportunities. In the 1990s the late Billy Benn Perrurle started his career painting on offcuts of timber and sheets of metal from the Bindi workshop. From these humble beginnings, the collective grew into an essential and distinctive Aboriginal art centre.
Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.
On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.
Desart respectfully advises Aboriginal readers that this website may contain names, images and artworks of people who have passed away.