AMaGA2019 Workshops and Tours

A number of exclusive workshop and tours will be held as part of the AMaGA2019 Conference program on the morning of Monday 13 May and the afternoon of Friday 17 May 2019. Full details will be published here as each workshop/tour is announced.

All bookings can be made via the registration site.

Conference Workshops / Tours

Alice to Mparntwe – Sacred Sites

Alice Springs is built on Arrernte country, in the heart of Central Australia. At a place called Mparntwe, belonging to the Mparntwe-arenye people. Doris Stuart Kngwarreye, Apmereke – artwye for Mparntwe would like to invite you as artists, story-tellers and cultural workers to join with her on a guided tour, through her homeland, Mparntwe. Many visitors to Central Australia are struck by the grandeur and majesty of the McDonnell Ranges and the gorges, waterholes and oases hidden amongst their folds. For the past 150 years or so a small town has grown in the heart of the ranges, alongside Lhere Mparntwe, to accommodate the settlers and visitors to this spectacular landscape. Alice Springs has grown much in its short history but beneath the streets of this modern desert town lies a much longer story. We would like you to take another step on your journey and come with us.

For ten years Doris along with her collaborators Dan Murphy and Lucy Stewart have run the ‘Alice to Mparntwe’ bus tours focused at artists, writers, and cultural workers. These tours are unique and places are highly sought after as they only happen twice a year, sometimes only once every two years. The tours were initially as part of the program for the 2008 ‘Art and the Heart’ National Regional Arts Australia Conference. Two exhibitions have been presented from creative responses to the tour – Araluen (2010) & Watch This Space ARI (2017).

Watch This Space who hosts the tours has been supporting innovative arts practice in Alice Springs for over 25 years.

Date: Monday 13 May 2019 (9.00 – 11.00am)
Muster location: Town Library
End location: Araluen
Cost per delegate:
Free, donations optional
Maximum number of delegates: 20
Type of tour: Bus

A walking tour of Heritage Sites in the CBD

A National Trust walking tour, led by local historian Alex Nelson, will explore a number of heritage sites within Alice Springs’ CBD. Easy walking on level ground, bring a hat, bottles of water provided.

Date: Monday 13 May 2019 (9.30am – 11.00am)
Muster location: John Flynn Church lawns in the Todd Mall
End location: John Flynn Church lawns in the Todd Mall
Cost per delegate:
Maximum number of delegates: 15
Type of tour: Walking

Artists in Museums

The Artists in Museums project partners Alice Springs based artists with local museums and heritage buildings to create a suite of site-specific pop-up exhibitions with artists making new work in response to specific collections or heritage spaces.

Artists can bring fresh eyes to a museum collection, tackle concepts that are hard to explore, spark new conversations, challenge established ideas and offer new insights. Projects of this nature encourage interrogation of collections to highlight their contemporary place and significance alongside their historical value. They engage audiences in challenging and meaningful ways and attract new audiences ensuring that collection and heritage buildings are used and enjoyed to their full potential. The site-specific nature of the project affords the opportunity for artists to stretch their studio practice in new directions and to reflect on the layered histories where they live.

The Artists in Museums project is a joint initiative between Artback NT and the Women’s Museum of Australia, and generously supported through the Regional Arts Fund. Join project co-ordinators and artists on a Q & A walking tour of the exhibitions to reflect on the collaborative and interpretive nature of the project.

Date: Monday 13 May 2019 (10.15am-12.15pm)
Muster location: Megafauna Central, 21 Todd St Mall
End location: Museum of Central Australia (Araluen precinct)
Cost per delegate:
Maximum number of delegates: 15
Type of tour: Easy walking on level ground. Delegates will meet in Todd Mall and be returned via bus to the Araluen precinct at the end of the tour. Please bring a hat and water bottle.

Middle of Nowhere is the Centre of Everything Tour

Presented by local historian, Megg Kelham, this walking tour explores local history and important heritage sites based on the theme: So you think you are in the middle of nowhere? Actually, you are in the centre of everything!

The tour will start at the top of ANZAC Hill where Megg will discuss the impact of the Overland Telegraph Line on colonisation of Australia’s arid heart, and how the birth of Anthropology – at Hermannsburg and the Telegraph Station – made the Arandic speaking peoples of Central Australia the most famous of the world’s hunter gather communities, helping influence the work of Emile Durkheim, the Father of Sociology, and Sigmund Freud, the founding father of Psychology, amongst others.

The tour will visit the Stuart Town Gaol, the old Court House and the Residency where Megg will explain the role each of these heritage sites played in the last state sanctioned massacres of Indigenous peoples in Australian history, before walking to Adelaide House, to learn how this heritage listed building played a role in the development of the world’s first wireless technology. The tour will finish at John Flynn Church with the identification of the direction of the RFDS and NPWHF, linking their existence to John Flynn’s work in creating the world’s first aerial ambulance service.

Megg will invite people to visit all of Centralia’s heritage sites, including Hermannsburg historical precinct, the Jay Creek Church, Old Timers’ Museum in their own time, and welcomes questions during the tour.

Comfortable walking shoes and a drink bottle are required for this tour.

Date: Monday 13 May 2019 (11.30am – 12.30pm), Tuesday 14 May (7.00am – 8.00am) or Friday 17 May 2019 (1.30 – 2.30pm)
Muster location: ANZAC Hill
End location: John Flynn Church
Cost per delegate:
Maximum number of delegates: 15
Type of tour: Walking

Robert Czako Mural Tour

Visit one of Alice Springs’ best kept secrets. On a visit to Central Australia in 1958, a Hungarian artist Robert Czako painted an awe-inspiring religious mural on the chapel wall at St Mary’s. It shows Biblical figures, people of many nationalities and cultures as well as local characters, in a kaleidoscope of flowing lines, curves, folds and gestures – some violent, others of gentleness, radiance and grace. Alice Springs historian, author and living treasure Jose Petrick has been researching the story of Czako and his mural for more than 30 years and offers you a rare opportunity to see it.


Date: Tuesday 14 May 2019 (10.00am – 12.00pm)
Pick-up location:
Todd Mall bus stop, outside Wicked Knees Bakery
Drop-off location:
Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters and Araluen Arts Centre
Max delegates:

Cost per delegate: $25
Type of tour: Pick-up and drop-off by bus, tour is at St Mary’s chapel

A visit to four of Alice Springs Museums’

A National Trust bus tour, led by local historian Alex Nelson, will depart from Araluen and visit the Hartley Street School, The Old Government Residency, Adelaide House, the first hospital tour in Central Australia, and the Fred McKay Museum at St Philips College.

Date: Friday 17 May 2019 (11.00am – 1.00pm)
Muster location: Araluen
End location: Araluen
Cost per delegate:
$10 including entry to the museums
Maximum number of delegates: 15
Type of tour: Bus

Watercolour Landscape Masterclass

Come and paint alongside painters and descendants of iconic artist Albert Namatjira and experience, absorb and practice their approach.

Presented by the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, this hands-on workshop is a rare and coveted opportunity for members of the public to paint alongside the artists from the Hermannsburg School of Art, learning, absorbing and practicing their approach. During the masterclass, painters will sit among delegates and paint with them, talking and offering advice in a quiet, informal setting. This is an immersive workshop process, directive is often gentle, with the artists leading the class by observation. Participants will be provided with all tools to create their own watercolour  landscape to take home.

Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm
Venue: Central Craft, Araluen Precinct
Cost per delegate: $75
Maximum number of delegates: 18 (please note this workshop will only run if there is a minimum of 12 participants)

Basket Weaving Workshop with Tjanpi Desert Weavers

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council that enables women living in the remote Central and Western deserts to earn an income from fibre art. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to sit down with artists from Tjanpi and learn how to make your own small basket.

Date: Friday 17 May 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Venue: Rotunda outside of Central Craft, Araluen Precinct
Cost per delegate: $60.
Maximum number of delegates: 25 (please note this workshop will only run if there is a minimum of 10 participants)