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Aboriginal Artwork

Alice Springs Corps Waterhole

The Waterhole

Painting is an important part of our Aboriginal Programme’s effort to support our local Indigenous artists. Artists can come and paint at The Waterhole Monday to Friday 9am till 2pm. We also support artists who prefer to paint at home. We buy many of these paintings.

While the art sales can provide a measure of independence, using creative talents also gives a sense of satisfaction and self esteem.

The Waterhole provides a safe, unthreatening environment. A cuppa and a sandwich is available for 50 cents (make your own). Computers and DVD's are also available for use.

The Waterhole has artists coming from both town and out bush. Painting styles tend to be traditional, with mainly traditional themes, like gathering bushfood, dreamings, etc.


Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm

Since opening in late 2012, The Salvation Army’s The Waterhole community centre in Alice Springs has been working hard to ensure the centre lives up to its name:  that it is a place of tranquillity, a place of meeting and a place of possibility.

There are now 120 members – the youngest is 18 and the oldest is 71.  Members come from all the main language groups of Central Australia.  On any one day between 50 and 80 people come into the centre to use the facilities, to get out of the heat (in summer) or the cold (in winter), to have a shower or wash clothes, to meet family members and friends, to have a cup of tea and something to eat, to paint, relax, watch a movie, play the guitar or catch up on sleep on the couch. At The Waterhole all are valued and contributing members.

Three regular volunteers and three part-time employees keep The Waterhole running.

Contact detail

The Salvation Army Aboriginal Program
PO Box 2187
Alice Springs, NT 0871

Phone: (08) 8951 0207
Fax: (08) 8952 4102