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Indigenous Artists-in-Residence at Longitude 131°

March 13, 2019 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Baillie Lodges has announced a series of artists-in-residence visits planned for 2019 as part of its growing, mutually-beneficial relationship with the indigenous community at Ernabella in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

The Ernabella artists-in-residence program sees some of the community’s artists come to Longitude 131° for a few days at time, setting up an open studio in the Dune House and painting with views out to Uluru.  Guests at Longitude 131° have the rare chance to see the artists creating beautiful artworks and chat to them about the process and their inspiration.

Planned dates* for artists-in-residence visits in 2019 are:

  • March 25-30
  • May 19-25
  • July 22-27
  • October 6-12.

Located some 250km – or a 30-minute scenic flight – from Longitude 131°, Ernabella supplies its vibrant ceramics, canvases, tiles and spears (kulata) to the lodge which are seen in guest tents, in the Dune House bar and restaurant and Spa Kinara. Many artworks are also for sale in the boutique.

Proceeds from the artwork commissions and sales contribute significantly to the community’s income, ensuring the sustainable economic growth and preservation of the culture for its residents.
Guests can also visit Ernabella by four-wheel-drive or charter flight by arrangement with the lodge.

Baillie Lodges has entered into a partnership with the Ernabella Arts Inc, providing $50,000 per annum over two years to support the income of a dedicated ceramist to train and mentor the artists.
The partnership has been quickly successful and is documented in a new video by filmmaker Oliver Nasht: https://youtu.be/5XpYmv_8YS8

Baillie Lodges Director Hayley Baillie has driven the partnership with Ernabella as well as other indigenous art communities in the region and sees the artists-in-residence program as another meaningful way to connect cultures.

“We’re very pleased that our relationship with Ernabella continues to grow and manifests in so many different ways, with opportunities in equal measure for our guests, the artists and the broader community at Ernabella,” Mrs Bailie said.

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