Aboriginal and TSI Design

Painting the Song

The History and Culture of the Artists of the Kaltjiti Arts Centre

The book is a historical overview of the Kaltjiti Arts Centre and the artwork produced there over the years. It traces the changes in indigenous culture through an exploration of song, dance and art.

Diana, who is fluent in Pitjantjatjara, has spent many years working in the APY region and has developed strong bonds with the communities and people of these lands.

The book is a result of these close relationships and an insight into their culture. Documents the artists' stories along with the development of Kaltjiti Arts from its humble beginnings in a primitive tin shed to a leading contemporary arts centre.

As well, James documents for the first time the modern history of batik, carving, weaving and painting in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands.

Includes the first publication of some rare 1940s photographs by anthropologist Charles Mountford and vignettes of 40 years of artistic development.

By Diana James

© 2020 Tali Gallery. WARNING: Indigenous viewers are respectfully advised that this site contains the names and images of people who have passed away. Permission from the Artists' families and their respective Art Centres has been given to use these names and images. NOTE: The images and biographies on this website remain the copyright of the Artists and their Art Centres and may not be reproduced without permission.
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