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16 COMMUNITY FRIDAY MARCH 6 2015 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Desert artists to hone skills through residency with uni SIX Central Australian artists have been selected to travel to Sydney as part of a residency at the University of New South Wales. The artists, who have all recently been experimenting with new digital art forms, will get the opportunity to hone their skills. Desart senior program manager Hannah Grace, who is travelling with the artists, described the trip as a great opportunity. They will be working in a professional print-making studio and having access to technicians and other facilities on the campus, she said. Its an opportunity for them to develop a new body of work. Its an experience; we are also going to visit a lot of exhibitions. Among the artists who left for Sydney on Sunday are Robert Fielding (Mimili Maku Arts), Louise Daniels (Tangentyere Artists), David Frank and Vincent Namatjira (Iwantja Arts) and Christine Multa (Ikuntji Artists). Ms Grace said the artists were chosen through a selection process of applications from about 20 artists. It was open to Central Australian Artists who are members of Desart to apply to participate in the residency, she said. The artists will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus and the opportunities provided. I think theres 27 indigenous students there so we will be connecting with them, too. she said. Hannah Muir ARTS REPORTER Desart artists Moses Gibson, Robert Fielding, Christine Multa, David Frank and Vincent Namatjira (grandson of Albert Namatjira) are heading to Sydney on a journey of discovery and to hone their skills. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Multiple birth parents experience extra joy WELCOMING a bundle of joy into the world is an exciting and life-changing experience but having two, three or four at once can be tough. This Sunday launches Multiple Birth Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness about the vital support local multiple birth groups provide. Research shows mothers of multiples have almost twice the risk of developing depression and are 50 per cent more likely to have a premature birth, the Australian Multiple Births Association reveals. Fathers or partners can also experience mental health problems. Local mother of twins, Rachel Frearson, said with family living elsewhere, the support of her friends was vital. She said toilet training, breast feeding and going to the shop were all much harder with twins. You have got two doing all those stages at once, she said. The hard bit now at school as well is that one will get invited to a party and the other wont. But there are fun parts, you have got to find the fun parts. Its very cute watching the bond between them. NT Multiple Birth Club president Charlene Ericson said the Darwin-based club gave parents an opportunity to catch up weekly to share stories or seek advice while the children played together. Most women that come to our club say they are so grateful they found us, she said. Mrs Ericson said they are looking into establishing a club in Alice Springs if enough people showed interest. For more details about the club or to express interest in an Alice Springs branch, visit ntmultiplebirthclub.com.au. Students Maia Frearson, Christen Maritz, Emecine Frearson, Eli Frearson and Nicolas Maritz whose mums are parents of multiple birth children. Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS Dreaming down in Sydney A NEW medium of artistry has taken young artists by storm on the APY Lands in South Australia. A photography exhibition of new works by artists of Mimili Maku Arts and Tjala Arts will be showing at a gallery in Redfern, Sydney. Tjukrpa, Ngura KumpilitjaNguru Stories From hidden Places explores the artists living culture and the many stories that hide within it. Tjala Arts manager Skye OMeara said the exhibition is a great opportunity for young, emerging artists from the region. These artists really want to connect with Aboriginal people from Sydney, she said. Most of the nine artists that are part of the exhibition are under the age of 30, showcasing the development of indigenous art. This is a new generation of artists and this new way of celebrating and maintaining culture stories, Ms OMeara said. Artist Rhonda Dick from Tjala Arts believes young people need to take on cultural responsibility. They are the stories of our country, they are true stories of our Dreaming, they are not fairy tales, she said. Jessica Brown Come along with your friends and family. Find out more about the health benefi ts of gardening and help raise funds for beyondblue. Bring your gold coins. ARE YOU UP FOR S OME GARDEN RELEAF THI S SA TUR DAY ? ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE: Gardening is great for your mental health and wellbeing so tomorrow The Alice Springs Nursery will be participating in the garden RELEAF project. We will be holding fun and informative day and helping to raise funds for beyondblue so please come along in something blue! Ross Highway (2km past the roundabout) Ph 8952 5055 *Limited places - bookings essential. Thai Chi classes* Mini Gardener classes* Mini Massages Blue cup cakes & drinks Heaps of specials to get you planting Chance to win a travel voucher The Mens Shed
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