Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is the vibrant beating heart of the Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp in Mparntwe / Alice Springs. Comprising Arrernte, Western Arrarnta Luritja, Warlpiri, Anmatyerr, Alyawarr, Gurindji and English speakers, the art centre is a place where people make art, work out problems, look after family and plan for their future.
Established in 2000 as a response to the chronic social issues the community were facing at that time, it has now, after many years of hard work and love, become an internationally recognised art centre. The beautiful soft sculptures that Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is renowned for, made from recycled bush-dyed blankets, stitched, and embellished, are held in major public and private collections across Australia and internationally.
Working in soft sculpture, textiles, works on paper, fashion, and film, this small but dynamic art centre has given opportunity and voice to people that so often have found themselves marginalised. Rich in personality, the artwork is a way for the artists to share with the wider community their stories, their hopes, and their commitment to improving outcomes.
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is one of several Town Camp art programs; Tangentyere Artists is the hub for Town Camp Arts. Yarrenyty Arltere Artists is part of Tangentyere Council.
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.