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Cycling is one of the true world sports and Indigenous art is the natural window to Australian culture. It is an art movement that has captured the imagination of the world. By pairing the two, Bikes for Bush has the power to connect remote Indigenous communities with a broader international‐conscience and make a real, lasting difference to the relevance of one of the oldest continuing cultures of the world.
Internationally renowned artists from the Western Desert art movement, Wentja Napaltjarri, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett) and Yannima Tommy Watson are the first Indigenous artists to have donated their time and highly acclaimed skills to turn state‐of‐the‐art bicycles into collectable artworks. The artists ‐ some of the last of the great nomadic desert people ‐ have provided a unique opportunity for riders and art collectors alike. Their bikes have been painted with imagery portraying the unique dreaming of the artists and their intimate connection to the landscape.
The Australian public are privileged to be able to view these beautifully painted ride ready racing bikes, at various venues around Australia.
On September 18, 2010 Bikes for Bush made their first delivery of 30 BMX bikes to the children of Mt Liebig. A small township located 325 kms west of Alice Springs, Mt Liebig is close to the heart of the region where the modern Desert art movement began. The Bikes for Bush Foundation has worked in association with the community art centre, Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu, the school and aged care, to facilitate this first installment.
“This is a long term project. We see Bikes for Bush rolling out across other remote Indigenous communities and we started with the Mt Liebig community because of our existing relationship with the people. We have simple goals that are streamlined and achievable.” Ralph Hobbs, Art Director, Art Equity
Due to the replay of the AFL Grand Final, it was necessary to postpone the original Auction date of 1 October, 2010. A new date for this event will be confirmed over the coming weeks.