In February 2013, Tarsha Finney presented research work to the Graduate Students in Research Architecture at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London at the invitation of Adrian Lahoud, MA coordinator and Conflicts and Negotiations Convener.

This research work was developed over three years through a series of special projects and Master of Architecture Design Studios in the School of Architecture at UTS led by Tarsha Finney looking at Central and Western Desert indigenous art centers and their networks of relationship and influence within national and international cultural institutions. The art centre movement has become a key player in the economies of remote communities, bringing with it the promise of financial autonomy and self-sufficiency for areas and communities that have been dependent on welfare and institutional support for decades. The presentation looked particularly at Alice Springs which has from out of its missionary roots, coalesced into an Aboriginal economy, the consequence of this art production and its sale, the centralizing effect of the critical mass of this activity, and the tourist/buyer dollar that is drawn to it.

The presentation included work by UTS students/ex-students Kimberley Merlino and Di Snape documenting networks and infrastructure across remote and regional central and north western Australia (2010); operative drawings of Alice Springs and its urban condition by Jessica Paterson (2011); and proposals for new production and storage facilities by Martin Abbott(2011).


Image credit: Alice Springs. Jessica Paterson, 2011