East Timorese artists come to CDU for inspiration 


Four artists from East Timor’s Arte Moris Fine Arts School will have the opportunity to learn traditional print-making techniques as a part of an upcoming visit to Charles Darwin University (CDU).

CDU’s School of Creative Arts and Humanities, North Flinders International House and the Rotary Club of Darwin South Inc are sponsoring the artists to come to Darwin and CDU for a 10-day printmaking course.

Arte Moris co-founder Luca, along with director Iliwatu and senior artists Azo and Xisto, will come to CDU for the workshop with printmaking coordinator and lecturer Leon Stainer.

Luca said it was important for students of Arte Moris to venture outside East Timor and experience other realities, campuses and artists.

“The links with CDU are very important to create opportunities for exchange programs for teachers or graduate students to do courses together, to exchange ideas and techniques and learn from one another,” he said.

“Being a part of the Arte Moris School helps the East Timorese people in becoming more aware and involved in our creative industries and builds cohesiveness in our community.”

A number of the prints produced during the workshops will go to the CDU Collection, some will be acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and a set of prints will be exhibited for sale in the Arte Moris Gallery in Dili.

Arte Moris was born out of the aftermath of the events following the referendum that led to East Timor’s independence in 2002. The original Arte Moris students are now senior students who pass on their knowledge and skills to the younger generation of artists.

CDU students, staff and the general public are invited to the Arte Moris forum in Building Blue 1.1.01 (formerly building 22.1.01) lecture theatre Tuesday, 13 May from 12.00-1pm.

For more information contact Sarah Scott on 08 8946 6314 or at Sarah.Scott@cdu.edu.au