Alyawarr art is world renown.
Art is used as a way to express out connection with the land. Traditional knowledge of dreaming and country is expressed through the translation of water holes and soakages, bush medicines and bush tuckers, mountains, sand hills and ant hills.
Further to the social, economic and cultural benefits associated with producing the artwork, there is evidence to suggest it can have a therepeutic effect upon a person's social and emotional wellbeing. According to the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association:
- Arts therapy is based on the belief that the process of engaging creatively in drama, movement or art-making, within a therapeutic relationship, supports changes in the client’s inner world, and helps them to develop a more integrated sense of self, with increased self awareness and acceptance. It assists with improving the client’s personal growth and insight, processing of traumatic experiences, and resolving of inner conflicts. Arts therapy provides a unique opportunity for the use of non-verbal communication, allowing clients to express feelings safely so that they can cope better with stress, improve their judgment and have healthy relationships.
More importantly, the artwork has a positive effect in maintaining and strengthening Alyawarr peoples' high level of functioning, due to the fact that it expresses traditional knowledge.
Alyawarr art is available for purchase through various outlets, including Artists of Ampilatwatja.