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Renowned Northern Territory artist, Janet Golder Kngwarreye painted a black Smeg FAB28 fridge to mark the 2014 National Architecture Awards, held in November in Darwin.

Janet painting ‘Bush Leaves’

The Australian Institute of Architects’ Awards, held annually, is hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects [AIA], Australia’s leading architectural industry body encompassing education and professional development, a comprehensive events calendar and state and national awards for architectural excellence.

To both endorse Smeg’s long involvement with the AIA and support the Northern Territory, Smeg donated a FAB fridge to Anglicare NT, one of the most prominent and effective organisations in the region providing outreach services for remote indigenous communities.

Janet is a member of the Anmatyerre, an indigenous community from Boundary Bore in the Utopia region, 1600km south of Darwin.  Janet’s paintings depict the story of ‘Bush Leaves’, a native Australian bush from that region.

Janet's vibrant palette

Traditionally women from Janet’s Anmatyerre tribe would go into the desert to collect bush foods such as plums, tomatoes, onions and leaves, which were abundant after the rain.  These foods were taken back to the tribe, cooked over an open fire and eaten.  It is these sweet tastings leaves that illustrate Janet’s paintings.

Janet’s ‘Bush Leaves’

Janet parents, Sammy Petyarre and Margaret Golder are also established artists; she grew up watching her family paint and learning the stories and dreamings of her tribe.

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