Desart’s annual celebration of Aboriginal art  

[by Eliza Walters]


Image: supplied

The annual Desert Mob Marketplace will take place online providing a global platform to one of the country’s most anticipated marketplaces for Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft work.


Each year thousands of visitors from across the country attend the marketplace held over four hours as one of three events in the Desert Mob suite.


This year buyers will be able to attend the Desert Mob Marketplace over seven days through Desart’s digital channels.


Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented action and we are very excited about the opportunity to provide those interstate visitors who would normally travel to Mparntwe (Alice Springs) to attend Desert Mob with a unique opportunity to again engage with the Art Centres.


Being able to target the Desert Mob Marketplace to a global audience takes Central Australia, the home of the Aboriginal Art movement to the world.


Philip Watkins CEO Desart. The annual Desert Mob Marketplace is one of three events in the Desert Mob suite of events.


The much anticipated Desert Mob Exhibition will have both a physical and online presence this year. Online sales will open at 9am on Friday September 11 with the gallery open as a free ticketed event at Araluen Arts Centre.


The Desert Mob Symposium, which normally plays to a packed house, featuring artists presenting stories about their work and the work of their Art Centres, will also be online with a series of short films produced by Desart from Friday 4th September – Friday 11th.


The announcement of the annual Desart Photography winner will close the Symposium. Desart member art centres have been navigating this current health crisis with resilience and adaptability and we are proud to be bringing a dynamic and innovative program of online events to art lovers everywhere.


The Desart website is the portal for this year’s Desert Mob Symposium 4 – 11 September and Marketplace from 12 September – 19 September 2020 at

Desert Mob Exhibition 11 September – 25 October



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