Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre is the home of the Namatjira watercolour artists. The Art Centre is strongly committed to improving economic participation of Aboriginal people and maintaining cultural heritage, and is proudly Aboriginal owned and directed.
The Hermannsburg style of watercolour art began at the Hermannsburg mission in the Northern Territory, in the 1930s. Informed by Western approaches to depicting landscape, it employed soft yet striking hues and restrained painterly brushstrokes to represent the Western Arrente landscape. Propelled by its accessibility to European audiences and the success of key exponent Albert Namatjira, the Hermannsburg school became economically fruitful and artistically influential.
This unique collection came about through artists wanting to express their concerns about fast food through art. With this body of work, supported by the mentorship of leading Australian artist Tony Albert, the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Artists have juxtaposed their traditional watercolour style, and beautiful landscapes with powerful political and social statements. These are highly sought-after pieces, examples of which have been acquired
by the National Museum of Australia.