Parts of Alice Springs are being brightened up this week as part of its inaugural street art festival, the new works joining the town's older public art pieces, probably the best known of which is Kaye and Bob Kessing's mural of 1981. The historical work, which features Aboriginal stockmen, artist Albert Namatjira, explorer John McDouall Stuart, Afghan pioneers and many others, transformed a rather bleak looking wall on the rear of the brand new Coles Complex. After two months of accosting people out the front of the supermarket to get their input on five possible designs, the Kessings got to work with more than 200 volunteers to complete the mural, including many school kids who skipped school to help out. Image: Kaye and Bob Kessing


Published: 21 October 2018

Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded