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February 14, 2020 Hotel News No Comments Email Email


Baillie Lodges has announced a return series of the popular artists-in-residence program at Longitude 131° this year. The program offers guests at Longitude 131° a rare chance to meet the artists from Ernabella Arts in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands whose vibrant ceramics, paintings and weavings are seen around the luxury basecamp.

Part of an ongoing, mutually beneficial partnership between the luxury lodge and the arts community, the Ernabella artists-in-residence program sees some of the artists travel to Longitude 131° from their home in the Pukatja Homelands. The artists spend a few days on each visit setting up an open studio in the Dune House and painting – all with a view to Uluru as backdrop.

Planned dates* for artists-in-residence visits in 2020 are:

  • March 23-28
  • May 11-16
  • July 20-25
  • September 21-26.

Located some 250 kilometre – or a 30-minute scenic flight – from Longitude 131°, Ernabella was originally established as an Aboriginal mission craft room. Today, Ernabella Arts is a thriving art community that has ensured the preservation of indigenous art heritage and culture. The artists’ colourful ceramics, canvases, tiles and spears (kulata) 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 directly to the community’s income, ensuring the sustainable economic growth and preservation of culture for its residents.
Guests can also visit Ernabella by four-wheel-drive or charter flight by private lodge tour.

Baillie Lodges has entered into a partnership with Ernabella Arts Inc, so far providing $150,000 to support a dedicated ceramist to train and mentor the artists. The partnership has been rewarding for both the arts studio and the lodge and is documented in a video by filmmaker Oliver Nasht: https://youtu.be/5XpYmv_8YS8

Baillie Lodges Founder Hayley Baillie established 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 ways, with benefits in equal measure for our guests, the artists and the broader community at Ernabella,” Mrs Baillie said.



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