ABORIGINAL ART & CULTURE

Talking Utopia

Utopia, an area of just under 2,000 square kilometres, is semi-arid desert country to the north east of Alice Springs, inhabited by Aboriginal people, who live in a number of communities or outstations across the Utopia lands.

'The late EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE was one of these artists, now regarded as one of Australia’s most significant artists of all time'

At the Artlore office in Alice Springs MARC GOOCH (Artlore) talks to PETER HYLANDS about the development of contemporary art practice at Utopia. 

There is no official art centre at Utopia, Niagara Galleries relationship with Utopia artist ANGELINA PWERLE is facilitated by MARC GOOCH and JANET PIERCE of Artlore. MARC is the nephew of the late RODNEY GOOCH who managed the CAAMA shop, the art, craft and music outlet of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and Utopia Batik, he was art co-ordinator from 1987 to 1992.

RODNEY is credited with encouraging and enabling the many artists of Utopia to pursue international careers in the arts. The late EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE was one of these artists, now regarded as one of Australia’s most significant artists of all time. MARC and his partner JANET worked closely with RODNEY GOOCH and continued his work after his death.