CfAT Ltd Enterprise Workshop

The Enterprise workshop was established in 2013 to provide enterprise based employment and skills development opportunities for Aboriginal people from Central Australia. Attached to the workshop are three core business activities, including; developing appropriate technology products for remote Aboriginal communities, securing metal fabrication and construction projects through supplier or competitive tenders, and to deliver a high end designer product or other products targeting national markets.

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Object with Stories - 2017 National Gallery of Victoria Triennial

Victoria Amazonica was created by Brazillian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana in collaboration with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, designers Elliat Rich and James Young and the Centre for Appropriate Technology – all based in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Based initially on a sketch Humberto Campana made in Alice Springs of a giant South American lily, this exuberant, large scale soft domed structure fartues intricate embroidery by the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists that tells stories of rain, rivers and water.

In the words of the Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, ‘It’s a new way to work, big and flat. We can make a whole story over the surface. When we work we keep thinking of water about the desert and the water here. We keep thinking about how the desert gets so thirsty for water, it’s just calling out for the rain to come and fill it up. Then it rain, and all the life that comes, you can see the waterholes. You can see bush tucker and bush medicine, flowers of all colours, grasses. It is so beautiful. Day and night. We love this desert. Everything that kept coming into our heads, well we just kept on sewing it into these panels. Even a windmill.’

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Bush Hardy Products

We design and fabricate a range of robust appropriate technology products for the bush. Our products have been developed in conjunction with Aboriginal men and women in remote communities, as some have identified and explained to us the basic products required for them to return to community. The CfAT Bush hardy products include; bough shelters, ablution blocks, pit toilets, hot water chip heater, drum ovens, bush beds, fire pit and billy stand, campfire guards and other fabrication products such as cattle grids, steel gates, hand rails and more.

 BOUGH SHELTER

BOUGH SHELTER

 SHOWER & PIT TOILET

SHOWER & PIT TOILET

 HOT WATER CHIP HEATER

HOT WATER CHIP HEATER

 drum ovens

drum ovens

 bush beds

bush beds

 fire pit & billy stand

fire pit & billy stand

 camp fire guard

camp fire guard

 digging sticks

digging sticks

 cattle grids

cattle grids