Tracing Aboriginal History at the Mount Ebenezer Art Gallery

Located almost halfway between the popular hotspots of Alice Springs and Uluru, Mount Ebenezer (also known as Mount Eb by the locals) offers the perfect place to set up camp and explore the beautiful surrounding landscape. From here, you can discover incredible natural sites like Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon, as well as learn more about the rich Aboriginal history which imbues the area.

Part of this fascinating heritage is evident in the Mount Ebenezer Gallery and Studio, which sits in the heart of Mount Ebenezer. Creativity plays a major role in the Aboriginal lifestyle, and here you can get to know unique techniques and learn more about the history.

As well as browse a selection of displays that showcase local talent, traditional creative methods, and a variety of important tools, you can pick up a souvenir or two to remind you of your trip to the local area.

During the week, a number of artists from the Imanpa community get collected by the Ebenezer Roadhouse’s vibrantly decorated bus and are taken to the studio to paint and create art for the day.

During their time there, they paint pictures using the familiar ‘dot’ painting style, the results of which are then hung up in the gallery for visitors to browse or buy.

You can also see a collection of works from a couple of other communities in the area. The Blackstone community in the Ngaanyatjarra homelands and the Yuendumu community in Walpiri country both exhibit artworks at the gallery throughout the year.

Each community has its own unique style that is imbued with histories, stories, and myths that have been passed down for several generations. Not only does this give you the chance to get an insight into the Aboriginal heritage as a whole, but it lets you get to know the different communities within it and how they have learnt to thrive over the years.

As well as dot paintings, there are also a collection of Punu, which are wooden carvings that are both painted and pyrographic – which means that traditional designs and shapes have been burnt into the wood using a red-hot wire. Finally, you can browse a number of jewellery exhibits, where the pieces have been intricately made using seeds from local trees which have then been painted using vibrant colours that depict traditional motifs.

The Mount Ebenezer Art Gallery is a must-visit if you’re in the area!