Last night Tourism Northern Territory Australia hosted a fantastic evening at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, which I was lucky enough to be allowed the opportunity to be involved in. It was a night of amazing art, food and conversation at a private viewing of the Artists of Ampilatwatja – Songlines 24 exhibition.
The room was packed with excited members of the press and travel trade enjoying the traditional dot paintings of the Central Australia Aboriginal artists which are being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time.
Later in the evening Rebecca Hossack gave a speech explaining the origins of the Aboriginal artwork, showing that the exhibition was not only beautiful but meaningful. Her descriptions of the paintings as a unique expression of the artists’ homeland were almost as moving as the art itself. Whilst Rebecca’s passionate words about her own time in the Northern Territory where she met the artists left much of her audience awed and jealous. The prospect of lavender scented grass under the Australian night sky was an undeniably enticing idea, which had many people planning their own trips to the Northern Territory (hear more about Rebecca’s Territory tales here).
As the night progressed and the evening came to a close people finished their wine, grabbed the last of the food and begrudgingly departed but not without taking a goodie bag with them containing their own piece of the exhibition.
The Artists of the Ampilatwatja – Songlines 24 exhibition is on until the 30th of June at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery.