Walter Ebatarinja<br/>
<em>Central Australian landscape</em> (c. 1950) <!-- (recto) --><br />

watercolour over pencil<br />
39.5 x 57.5 cm (image and sheet)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Gift of Darvell M. Hutchinson AM through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2022<br />
2022.211<br />
© estate of the artist l Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Watercolours Workshop

Sat 28 Oct 23, 11am–1pm

Past program

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Meet: Information Desk
Ground Level

Booked out

Celebrating the opening of Watercolour Country, an exhibition that brings together one hundred watercolours made by artists working at Ntaria/Hermannsburg, guests are invited to learn watercolour techniques from acclaimed artists Dellina Belinda Inkamala, Selma Coulthard and Vanessa Inkamala as they lead an intimate watercolour painting workshop at NGV.

Join painters and descendants of iconic artist Albert Namatjira, as they guide you in creating your own landscape painting of the Central Desert. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own work on paper in watercolour to take home and enjoy.


Selma Coulthard grew up in Hermannsburg where she went to school with fellow artist Ivy Pareroultja. She is an accomplished acrylic artist and has recently started painting in watercolour. On her art practice, Selma says: ‘It is [in Ntaria/ Hermannsburg] that my love for art started when I saw the Namatjira brothers doing their painting in Ntaria and around tourism camps such as Glen Helen and Palm Valley. I have always wanted to be an artist and I just hope that my work will be recognised. No work is the same each piece is unique in its own right. I have created artwork based on my stories: my work on Mulga Spinifex Country, my country where I grew up and lived – Urrampinyi (Tempe Downs), the oasis in the Desert at Urrampinyi, running Waters at Irrmakara, spiritual keepers of our land, my dreaming – the Thorny Devil, animals in my country, paintings depicting women’s ceremonial site (business) and more.”

Vanessa Inkamala was born in 1968 at Ntaria/ Hermannsburg, and currently lives in Mparntwe/ Alice Springs. Vanessa is the niece of award winning artist Ivy Pareroultja’s, and her grandmother’s brother was Albert Namatjira. In her twenties, Vanessa lived in Santa Teresa, about 80 km South-West of Mparntwe, where she learnt and adopted a new artistic style specific to the area. There, her focus was on depicting spiritual women on Country; the guardians of the land. The women protect the waterholes and riverbeds, protecting the bushtucker and water from intruders and thieves.

Dellina Inkamala was born in Mparntwe/Alice Springs and grew up in Ntaria/ Hermannsburg, Wallace Rock Hole and Papunya. Dellina grew up around artists, and learnt to paint from her aunt and uncle, Katy Inkamala and Hubert Pareroultja. Dellina works mainly in watercolour, and is based at Iltja Ntjarra Art Centre.

The artists facilitating this workshop will also participate in an free informal conversation with NGV Curator, Sophie Gerhard at 3pm on Saturday 28 October. For more information see, Artist in Conversation: Watercolour Country

Generously supported by the Ullmer Family Foundation as part of Resonance: Truth Telling at NGV

Workshops First Nations Painting Watercolour Country The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square