Apmere angkentye-kenhe is a project valuing Central/Eastern Arrernte as the first language of Mparntwe Alice Springs. Apmere angkentye-kenhe makes different things to vitalise language knowledge transfer within Arrernte families and with a broader public.

Apmere angkentye-kenhe is a social project made through a collaboration between Beth, Arrernte people, other artists, linguists and community members. The project initially produced a series of Arrernte language related events, screenings, exhibitions, sound works and learning resources and repurposed a shed in the middle of town as an experimental educational space in June and July 2017. It is currently working towards a two-month program of events and discussions in 2018.

The expanding group making Apmere angkentye-kenhe includes but is not limited to: Margaret Kemarre Turner, Amelia Kngwarreye Turner, Lorrayne Gorey, Beth Sometimes, Michael Gorey, Therese Ryder, Alison Ferber, Veronica Kngwarreye Turner, Joel Liddle, Magdalene Marshall, Felicity Hayes, Leonie Palmer, Margaret Carew, Jessie Giles, Jodie Clarkson, Mary Flynn, Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts, Dan Murphy, Emma Collard, Stephen Kernan, Margaret Scobie, Peter Coco Wallace, Penny Drysdale and Caddie Brain.

The project was initially produced by Watch This Space artist run initiative, in partnership with Akeyulerre Inc, Batchelor Institute and Children’s Ground. The project has received funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, Alice Live and Australia Council for the Arts. The project was also supported by The Alice Springs Uniting Church, Institute for Aboriginal Development, The Alice Springs Language Centre, Elbowrkshp and Rooster Concept Constructions.

For more information please visit the project website: www.apmere-angkentye-kenhe.com