Published with Ngapartji Ngapartji
The moving story of Albert Namatjira(1902–1959). Namatjira was Australia’s most famous Indigenous, watercolour artist and the first to achieve commercial success, but his story is hardly known. Albert Namatjira’s story resonates today as strongly as it did 50 years ago, providing a lens through which we can see the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians both in the past and the present.
Namatjira and Ngapartji Ngapartji go right to the heart of the intersection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous experience. These stories of family, friendship, land, myth, life and death are contextualised within the social and political framework of their times. They resonate universally yet at the same time capture unique moments in Australian history and experience.
Education resource created for the Big Hart/Malthouse Theatre season of ///Namitjira/// 2011.