A Bighart intiative with the Namatijira Family Namatijira Legacy Trust

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"Namatjira wasn't just a key figure in our history, he changed our history."
Hetti Perkins

Why a Trust?

Albert Namatjira is one of the most revered names in Australian history. The Namatjira family hold some of the country’s most significant heritage, and yet today face many challenges.

“The most important thing to our family is to keep our culture strong…We are hoping that the Trust will help us to achieve better living conditions for our families, better schooling for our kids, and better resources for our art centre. We want to run the buses out and pick up the kids after school, and take them to paint on the country that we learnt to paint on from our fathers.”

The Namatjira Family

What is the Trust?

The Namatjira Legacy Trust works to secure positive futures for this iconic community and family.

The watercolour movement is their strongest asset – internationally recognised, and an avenue to generate income at the same time as connecting to country, heritage and culture.

The Trust resources activities to support this watercolour movement and community – to assist livelihoods and wellbeing to thrive.

It is a charitable Trust in the process of obtaining deductible gift recipient status (DGR). Currently donations are auspiced by Big hART Inc and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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What does the Trust support?

The Trust works in partnership with Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre to support professional development and outreach, so that more community members have the opportunity to strengthen their art making and improve their wellbeing.

The Trust resources initiatives that keep culture strong:


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