Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation held its first introduction to ‘welding’ workshop on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May, 2011. The objective was to give our male employees exposure to the latest welding techniques and oxy-cutting skills.


While Arlpwe employees have been introduced by the manager to basic stick welding the need for more advanced training was recognised. Arlpwe approached “Ingkerreke” Corporation in Alice Springs to provide this workshop opportunity for our community, Ali Curung.

We invited the Barkly Shire Council in Ali Curung, as well as the local school to send some employees and senior boys over to participate in this ground breaking workshop. We are currently developing jointly with Ingkerreke a work experience opportunity, possibly as much as one week at least several days in their fabrication plant in Alice Springs.

The first part of the workshop covered team work in equipment handling and the second part allowed the participants to explore sculptural art using re-cycled car parts. Ingkerreke provided all the consumables needed as well as the steel sheets needed and table.

All the safety equipment was explained and provided by Inkerreke (this equipment at the end of the workshop became Arlpwe’s property, building assests).

Welding Workshop at Ali Curung.
Date: 17 / 18 May, 2011 (one and half days)
Venue: Arlpwe Art Centre, Ali Curung
Coordinated by: Arlpwe Artists Aboriginal Corporation
Delivery by: Jason Stewart / Steel Division Manager.
Ingkerreke – “Together we are stronger”
Participants: 12