Alfred Lowe

Alfred Lowe — 'Manta I', 2023


Manta - meaning Earth in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara is an exhibition that brings together works by some of the most dynamic artists from the APY Lands as they showcase their material eclecticism. The carved, painted or woven surface communicates each artists Tjukurpa, speaking of their physical and spiritual connecting to Country. These works display the inspiration artists take from the manta and how it is represented not only in the motif but in the medium itself.  

APY Art Centre Collective x Craft

June 20 – July 27

Craft has partnered with APY Art Centre Collective to present the works from 6 artist that represent the many communities and art centres which are at the heart of the APY lands. These include Ninuku Arts, Tjala Arts, Umoona Arts and APYACC's Adelaide studio.

Beverly Burton / Frank Young / George Cooley / Yatitji Heffernan / Alfred Lowe 

Alfred Lowe is an Arrernte person from Snake Well in the Central Desert, north of Alice Springs. Alfred grew up in Alice Springs which is where he developed his interest in art, particularly ceramics and sculpture. Alfred moved to Adelaide in 2014 to pursue university studies and started making ceramics in late 2021 beginning his practice at the APY Studio in Adelaide.

Alfred uses clay to explore themes of Country using form and texture informed by his intimate knowledge of the central desert landscape. He hand builds forms, creating organic vessels, and applies glazes and a range of mark-making to the surface.

Recently Alfred has also been exploring other mediums that sit alongside the ceramic vessels which provide him a new way to explore themes of country and people.

Founded in 2017, the APY Art Centre Collective is an initiative that provides support, resources and opportunities for First Nations artists from the APY Lands and beyond. Through exhibitions, workshops, and cultural exchanges, the collective aims to promote Indigenous voices, foster cross-cultural understanding, and generate economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities.  

Read about the exhibition.

Material: Clay sculptural vessel

Dimensions:  19 x 17cm

Cat. no: 469-24AS

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