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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 18

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I further support Rods claim that Alice Springs Council should seriously consider the implementation of a policy to consult fully with ASRAA about planning matters/issues south of the Gap. I am fully aware that in consulting with others, particularly stakeholders, this can be a longer and drawn out way of getting things done, but we must at least be seen to get it right. So Rod, I empathise with your position and commend you on your efforts to keep your constituents informed, as stated in your letter. Jerry Fitzsimmons Alice Springs Getting rid of buffel Sir In reference to your article on April 1 about buffel grass, Id like to share with readers the positive rewards of weeding it out. Coming home from our Xmas break after all the rain, we were most pleasantly surprised to see that all the green growth that greeted us in the buffeled zone, with terrific help from a neighbour, was overwhelmingly native grasses. So, have a go and watch the results! Franca Frederiksen Rangeview Estate Alice Springs Papunya Tula changed? Sir Papunya Tula Artists manager Paul Sweeney should not be surprised that the organisation is under threat of a hostile takeover. For many years Papunya Tula was highly responsive to community needs. For example, most of its artists were hardly recognised at all and the organisation supported them at a loss. The old Papunya Tula sales office on Gap Road displayed a mix of paintings ranging from the very ordinary to masterpieces. It was a strange mix but reflected the communities that owned the company and members liked it that way, they were pround of it. Artists painted with kids playing around them. In turn, these kids learned about painting and some became artists themselves. When Mr Sweeney took over all this changed. Papunya Tula became much more hard headed about who could paint for the organisation, the better known artists received much more money for their work and the unknowns were supported much less. The new sales office became a slick showroom for high quality works, the lesser artists were never displayed, their presence in the showroom was discouraged. Kids were banned from the community painting areas. Much more direction was applied to what the artists painted. Problems slowly surfaced, the focus on the big name artists alienated the rest of them. It didnt help that the big name artists didnt show much loyalty, they painted for whoever paid them the most money. Restrictions on what and how the artists painted produced the paintings the market wanted and boosted profits but stifled creativity and annoyed the communities. Some say that nowdays the most original paintings are no longer coming from Papunya Tula but from the private art dealers. While Papunya Tula transformed itself itself into a successful player on the international art scene, it lost its community roots. It desperately tried to counter this by donating large sums to community projects but that didnt reverse the perception that it cared about money ahead of the people. Lena Milich Alice Springs Statement by Mr Sweeney: Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd has been made aware of rumours circulating relating to an immediate change of current management. This is untrue. There have been reports that the artists, shareholders and Board of Directors of the company are unhappy with the current management and that they wish for the manager, Paul Sweeney, to be stood down from his position and

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