'A pretty proud moment': the little-known arts centre that opens the Triennial

By Steph Harmon

Founded as a response to social problems, the Yarrenyty Arltere art centre in Alice Springs has helped transform the lives of many Indigenous people

Each morning, soft sculpture artist Marlene Rubuntja takes a short walk with her sun-dazed dogs to the place that changed her life: Yarrenyty Arltere art centre, in the middle of the desert.

Nestled next to the Larapinta Valley town camp where she lives, a short drive from Alice Springs, the Indigenous-run centre comprises a low-slung brick complex and a collection of demountables, painted with earthy tones and murals that blend into the formidable MacDonnell Ranges behind it.

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