Exhibition builds on success of trades talents 

Lindsay James, from the Engawala community north east of Alice Springs, proudly shows off his eagle, made from used car parts and a healthy imagination

CDU Alice Springs’ reputation as an artistic hub has been boosted further with a major exhibition of traditional trade-based art attracting more than 100 people to the campus on Thursday evening, 28 November.

Creative and engaging works created by CDU VET school students, apprentices and night class students included animated animals created with car parts, exotic mirrors, a carved wooden truck, wrought iron artistic fencing, coffee tables and a wooden chest.

This was the first show to feature work outside of Alice Springs. The car-part-sourced animated metalwork of the Engawala community stole the show.

Mark Gooley, VET lecturer in metals, said the exhibition recognised the talents of Central Australians.

‘It’s turning into a social event where people are milling around for a long time, not just looking at the awards and leaving,’ he said. ‘It shows the value locals put on events like this by coming along and buying so much art-work.’

Home Hardware, BOC Gases and CDU campus administrator Dianne Underwood donated prizes.

Pat Organ, VET lecturer in welding, said the exhibition’s Engawala community guests were flattered by the crowd’s response.

‘The Engawala blokes who came out here were really excited to see the level of interest in their work and it’s a huge compliment to have people value their art and buy it,’ he said.

Dianne Underwood said the diversity and creativity of talent on show was excellent.

‘People don’t normally associate metalwork and construction with art and creativity but this show proves the demand and interest in this type of work,’ she said.

The prize winners were:

Best woodwork item - Wendy Corkhil, Jewellery Box

Best metalwork item - Jackson Hondow, Mobile Cannon

Best runner up - Bruce Cooper, Chopping Board Butchery Bench