Colours Of the Country III
– The Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Artback NT is proud to present a third national tour from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival: Colours of the Country III.

This collection of beanies demonstrates the growth of the Beanie as an art form over the years through the imagination, creativity and fine craftsmanship inherent in each piece. The colourful exhibition encapsulates the whimsical essence of the Beanie Festival and also highlights the works produced by Indigenous artists from the central desert region who are regular contributors to this cross-cultural event.

An exhibition embraced not only by a broad cross section of the Alice Springs community, but also by artists and beanie makers from far and wide, this collection will inspire audiences to laugh, don crazy headwear and bring out those knitting needles all over again.


(Audio descriptions are available at this exhibition for those who are visually impaired and are delivered via MP3)

Please click on any image to enlarge it. All images courtesy of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival.


Audio descriptions

In 2014, Artback NT, in partnership with Access 2 Arts (A2A) South Australia and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, delivered a national strategic initiative that set an industry standard and provided leadership in inclusive arts practice for the Australian visual arts sector. This initiative is the development of an audio tool delivered via an MP3 Player to accompany travelling exhibitions.

Access 2 Arts teamed up with Artback NT to support six to eight individuals throughout the Northern Territory to train as audio describers and deliver audio description via MP3 player. This audio tool is a standard exhibition touring item for all our future travelling visual arts exhibitions. This initiative provides a tool that will cross boundaries and offer a more comprehensive experience to exhibitions for people who are blind or have low vision, whose access to the visual arts is limited or non-existent or for those who have literacy issues.

Have a listen to audio descriptions that accompany Colours of the Country III exhibition:
I Love Chocolate
I’m Your Fan
Bush Seeds

Audio descriptions for this exhibition were provided by:
Julie Fielke, Virginia Heydon, Lara Torr and Neridah Stockley.

Artback NT would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival Exhibition and the Araluen Arts Centre for providing in-kind support for participants to undertake part of the training on-site at the Araluen Arts Centre.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Artback NT acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we perform or exhibit.

The Alice Springs Beanie FestivalAustralia Council
Northern Territory GovernmentAccess 2 Arts