Parrtjima is an Aboriginal light festival held over ten nights in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). It features light installations from a number of aboriginal artists set against the MacDonnell Ranges.
In 2018, one of the precincts of the Alice Springs Desert Park featured a Forest Space installation. Through the Batchelor Institute Visual Arts Department Lecturers, Brigida Stewart and Amanda McMillan, past and present students were selected to be part of the festival in the form of the Forest Space Installation, and have collaborated with the internationally renowned curator, Rhoda Roberts AO and world-class designers and technicians from AGB Events.
The Forest Space is comprised of many bold, large-scale sculptures which visitors can explore and weave their way through. The Forest Space installation honors the importance of the trees that grow in clusters across the desert.
The sculptures share knowledge of seasonal changes in the environment and the ecology of plants and trees, which provided more than shelter for the first nation’s people. This knowledge was essential for survival by providing tools and equipment necessary for everyday life. The forest space installation honours the trees which would provide much for local groups, including coolamons and water collectors, digging sticks, spears, boomerangs and many more.
I exhibited in the Forest Space installation with Sarah Morton, Kelly Dixon, Susan Chalmers Mbitjana, Pamela Lalara, Lillian Inkamala, Caroline Bohning and Kathy Inkamakla.