Mt Allan Aboriginal Art
A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.
Mt Allan is the home of Yuelamu Aboriginal artists and is situated on the edge of the Tanami Desert, 270 km north west of Alice Springs, in Central Australia. Cattle stations were established in the area at nearby Napperby and Coniston in the early 1900s, and these stations attracted many Mt Allan families who wanted access to rations and to join the station workforce.
After World War II, a new government settlement was developed just to the north at Yuendumu, and a pastoral lease was set up at Mt Allan in 1946. The new station owner went to Yuendumu to seek workers to help build up the cattle operation, and many of the original Mt Allan families returned. The cattle station ran for the next thirty years, till in 1976 it was purchased on behalf of the Mt Allan Aboriginal community.
After Mt Allan was restored to Aboriginal ownership, the people built a community store which later began to supply art materials. From the mid 1980s, Aboriginal art began to be produced at Mt Allan, with the painting of traditional stories, and this marked the beginning of a wave of the Desert Art movement being created in the region at Yuendumu, Napperby and Mt Allan.
Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links