Desert Mob returns, stronger than ever

Desert Mob 2023 returns, more self-determined than ever.
Aboriginal woman sitting in front of a mural

Spanning 1.221 million kilometres of desert, and bringing together artists from 35 art centres and across 16 different language groups, this year’s Desert Mob exhibition is an achievement to be celebrated.

Co-curated by Hetti Kemarr Perkins (Arrernte and Kalkadoon) and Aspen Nampin Beattie (Luritja, Warumungu and Yawuru), it features a record number of contemporary artworks by Central Desert artists. This is a key fact. As the outcome of a report in 2022, and with a view for greater independence and flexibility, Araluen Arts Centre’s signature exhibition was handed over to the First Nations-led organisation, Desart, to produce.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina