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The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016



The Centralian advocate Fri 24 Jun 2016


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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08 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 THOUSANDS of kilometres away from the Red Centre and decades after he first became acquainted with Alfred Namatjiras works, artist Malcolm Arnold is calling for an Albert Namatjira Festival. Arnold said he first became smitten with Namatjiras artworks over 50 years ago, when writer Joyce Batty held an Albert Namatjira National Arts Competition. Ms Batty wrote a number of book about Namatjira, including Namatjira: Wanderer Between Two Worlds. So of course his (Namatjiras) name came first, then I saw his works and was smitten with them and the desire to see his country, Arnold said. The colours and shading of Namatjiras paintings made a great impression on him and made him curious about outback Australia. When I first came I sought out some spots close to where he would have sat I saw the landscape as he saw it and loved it instantly, Arnold said. He proceeded to enter the contest, and to his surprise had his work selected to be included in an Australian tour. Arnold had been a teenager then, and to this day he is still working as an artist in Bangladesh. Among Arnolds works are picture books titled Birds of the Red Centre and Birds of the Top End. The late Namatjiras approaching birthday he was born at the end of July prompted Arnold to forward the idea of celebrating the artists life as a festival to various parties, including several ministers. Obviously the indigenous community would be involved, including Hermannsburg where Albert grew up, he said. However, he said he is yet to receive any response, even from the Hermannsburg people. M A L C O L M A R N O L D Get new skills to excel in the next stage of your career. To see where VET can take you visit vet.nt.gov.au STRI O BE YOUR BEST / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / Students Joshua Malbunka, Nikarita Anderson, Tim Coulthard, Samuel Jones, Justin Raggett, Lucas Andrews, Esther Abbott and Leshara Charlie, with staff members Georgie van Meegen, Jodi Rayner, Pippa North, Georgia Simmons (Sim), Carmy McLean and Genny Fabijan support the "walk to School" in Sadadeen Primary School. Walking their way to learning WALKING with students to school has been helping teachers and school staff at Sadadeen Primary School achieve much-needed engagement with the students families. The school has so far held two Walk Safely to School days, in which teachers and staff go to the students houses and walk with them to school. Among the students residential neighbourhoods is the Hidden Valley Town Camp. Carry McLean is the schools Aboriginal and Islander education worker. Its great for families to see the staff come and pick up the children, she said. The walk was made lively with music and even some of the parents participating. They did Hidden Valley and a couple of the families were walking with them, Ms McLean said. About 80 per cent of the schools students participated, out of around 140 students in the primary school, she added. Teacher Georgie Van Meegen came up with the idea. Its really important to have parent engagement for the success of students any contribution a parent can make assists us as teachers and educators and assist the students, she said. Festival of Namatjira suggested Dina Indrasafitri I saw his works and was smitten with them Artist Malcolm Arnold

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