The Desert Mob is one of the most important Aboriginal Art and cultural events. It is a wonderful show across three huge galleries that brings together Artists and Art centres from the vast regions of the Northern Territory, South and Western Australia. All of the art displayed is selected by the Aboriginal owned art centres to show their latest work and to introduce emerging artists.
The Araluen Arts centre hosts Desert Mob every September and over its' 27 year history, Desert Mob has developed into the most immediate contact between Aboriginal artists - who are often in remote desert communities - and the wider world. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, listen to their stories and learn more about their culture. It is all the more special that this takes place in the heart of their country.
This exhibition is particularly exciting as it both upholds and celebrates the Aboriginal communities' traditions, but also provides a testing ground for the experimentation and innovation in contemporary Aboriginal Art. It is a testament to the development of the art scene that the exhibition now presents prints, photography and multimedia works alongside the more traditional crafts of painting, sculpture, weaving, wood carving and ceramics.