Desert Mob

Desert Mob is an exhibition unlike any other and is one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation.

Bringing together Desart-member art centres from across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, Desert Mob is a unique annual gathering of artists, artworks and audience, in the heart of the region, Alice Springs. 

Desert Mob continues to be a bold and exhilarating statement of Aboriginal art and its dynamism and over 25 years it remains the most immediate interface between Aboriginal art making in remote desert communities and the wider world. 

The Desert Mob 2016 opening, including exhibition, symposium and MarketPlace, is an opportunity to view new developments in Aboriginal art, to meet the artists, listen to their stories and share their culture in the heart of their country.

Desert Mob 2014 opening

Desert Mob 2014 opening. Image Lisa Hatzimihail

Desert Mob Exhibition Opening

5.30pm 8 September 2016, Araluen Galleries

Exhibition is open until 23 October 2016

Spanning three galleries and hundreds of new works selected for inclusion by the artists and art centres, Desert Mob is both a testament to tradition and a testing ground for experimentation and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal art from the desert.

The exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, weaving, wood carving, prints, photography and works on paper by established and emerging artists.

Desert Mob Symposium

10am to 3.30pm 9 September 2016, Araluen Arts Centre Theatre

The Desert Mob Symposium is a day of presentations by artists, art centres and special guests. Through images, film, animation and performance, artists reveal and share their stories, ideas, projects and creative processes with the audience. 

The symposium provides a rich context for Desert Mob 2016, reinforcing and celebrating the pivotal role of country, living culture and community in the lives of artists.

To book tickets to this event, go to the Desart website.

Desert Mob 2014 Symposium

Desert Mob 2014 Symposium. Image Steven Pearce

Desert Mob MarketPlace

10am to 2pm 10 September, Araluen Arts Centre

Desert Mob MarketPlace is a large market held on the Araluen Arts Centre Precinct, spilling over with affordable Aboriginal art and craft from desert art centres. The vibrant and bustling MarketPlace atmosphere provides an opportunity for buyers to interact directly with artists and art centre staff and to purchase high quality works of art for under $500.

Desert Mob 2014 MarketPlace opening

Desert Mob 2014 MarketPlace opening. Image Lisa Hatzimihail

Last updated: 21 April 2016