clay on country


clay on country celebrates the enthusiasm for ceramic practice in the central desert region. A diverse and eclectic survey, the exhibition includes over forty artists, the majority of whom have made new work for the show. Some are established ceramic artists, some are reconnecting with the medium after a hiatus, others are incorporating clay as a medium in their practice for the first time. All have produced accomplished, insightful and contemporary works that reflect the culturally and historically rich and complex region where they live and work.

Artists and organisations represented include those living and working in and around Mparntwe (Alice Springs) as well as those working out of studios based at the end of long corrugated desert roads on Ngaanaytajarra, Pitjantjatjarra and Western Arrernte country.

The exhibition is the first survey of its kind, developed to coincide with the 16th Australian Ceramics Triennale, and will open at Araluen Art Centre in Alice Springs in June 2022.

clay on country is a celebration of clay, community, culture, and creativity and will be available to tour from late 2023.



Akeyulerre Healing Centre
Alfie Lowe
Angela Abbott
Anne Mosey
Beth Sometimes
Bronwyn Field
Children’s Ground
Christine Godden
Claire Freer
Clifford Thompson Japaljarri
Emma Franklin
Engawala Artists
Ernabella Artists
Franca Barraclough
Hermannsburg Potters
Iltja Ntjarra Artists
Maria Vanhees
Maruku Arts
Mel Robson
Mikaila Rodgers
Mike Gillam
Minyma Kutjara Arts Project
Nalda Searles
Neridah Stockley
Nyurapaya Burton
Vanessa Simms
Pip McManus
Purple House
Sally Mumford
Suzi Lyon
Tara Leckey
Tjapatjatjaka Arts
Walkatjara Artists
Wintjiya Napaltjarri
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists

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Available to tour nationally from from 2023

Araluen Arts Centre

Alice Springs, Northern Territory


Jo Foster and Neridah Stockley

Visual Arts Development and Touring Managers

PO Box 4582
Alice Springs, NT 0871

08 8953 5941