Namatjira Project Film screening and commission unveiling

event date: 
Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Warrnambool Art Gallery is proud to present ‘Namatjira Project’, a documentary by BIGhART, directed by Sera Davies and produced by Sophia Marinos.

The film will be followed by the unveiling of a newly commissioned portrait of Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira by Albert‘s great grandson, Vincent Namatjira.Rex Battarbee was a Warrnambool-born watercolourist who introduced Albert Namatjira to painting at Hermannsburg in the mid-1930s. Rex Battarbee’s daughter, Gayle Quarmby, will officially unveil this painting. This commission has been made possible with the generous support of The Robert Salzer Acquisition Fund and the Isobel and David Jones Family Foundation, through the Warrnambool Art Gallery Foundation, 2017.

Namatjira Project

From the remote Australian desert to the opulence of Buckingham Palace – this is the iconic story of the Namatjira family, tracing their quest for justice.Albert Namatjira was a man caught between cultures – paraded as a great Australian, whilst treated with contempt. He was the first Indigenous person to be made a citizen by the Australian Government. The founder of the Indigenous art movement in Australia, his artworks gave many Australians their first glimpses into the outback heart of the country. He was widely celebrated, exhibited globally, and introduced to Queen Elizabeth.In 1957 he was imprisoned for something he didn’t do, and in 1959 he died, a broken man. In 1983 the Government sold the copyright to his artworks to an art dealer. Today his family fight for survival, justice and to regain their grandfather’s copyright.This is one of Australia’s most potent stories – illuminating the relationship between Indigenous and non- Indigenous people today, in Australia and globally.

+ Free entry

+ Audio loop available and wheelchair accessible

+ Suitable for all ages


This is a free event but spaces are limited and tickets must be booked either through Eventbrite - or by calling the Gallery on 55594949.