Prime Minister and Cabinet Alice Springs
The Prime Minster and Cabinet office at Alice Springs approached NADA to create a design for their new building, by working with an artist from the region.
NADA collaborated with Tangentyere Art Centre in Alice Springs to select an artist and oversaw the licensing of the artwork for the project.
The chosen design was based on an original work, called Kwatja, by Alice Springs-born painter Marjorie Williams.
Her painting is about waterholes, which are known as kwatja. The story behind the work comes from the western Arrernte, the origins of the waterholes which Marjorie has painted.
“The old people used to go out bush and drink water out of the waterhole. That water is at Jay Creek. The lines indicate the direction the water moves between waterholes, and the circles are the waterholes. People need to know where the water is on their country.”
Marjorie began painting in Hermannsburg, in the Northern Territory, before moving to Alice Springs. She painted with Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre before it dedicated itself to watercolourists.
Her design was used as frosted glazing in meeting rooms and offices throughout the new PM&C building in Alice Springs, covering roughly 30% of the internal walls in the office.