Tarte Burgos Catheedral
Burgos Cathedral – one of Michael’s Paintings

I am sure you will all remember reading Michael Tarte’s story in our August edition of ‘Fifty Five Plus’.  His story continues from Spain to his art studio in The Central West of NSW, an exhibition of his paintings  and  to Utopia in the Northern Territory.

Michael Tarte walked the Camino de Santiago in 2014 from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France across Spain to Santiago de Compostela.  On his return home to Mudgee he completed a painting for each day of his walk plus one for the starting point, a total of 30 paintings. The paintings have been published in a beautiful book.

The Building Site with village of Arlparra in the background
The Building Site with village of Arlparra in the background

Michael is to construct a cultural centre at the remote aboriginal community in Utopia, Northern Territory, with the work being undertaken by community people supervised by Michael and other volunteers. Work begins in May 2015 and will continue over three years during the winter months.  The cultural centre will include an art gallery, a painting studio, an outdoor performance facility with a raised stage and seating, a cafeteria and an administration building.

Michael's planned work at Utopia
Michael’s planned work at Utopia

There are only a handful of jobs available in Utopia for aboriginal people and welfare dependency prevails.  The cultural centre, as a tourist attraction, will be a wealth and job creator for the aboriginal community.  It will provide an opportunity, especially for the young people, to develop work skills and break fee of dependency on welfare.

Michael at the end of his walk









A donation of $50 to this wonderful project will secure you a signed copy of the beautiful book containing the 30 Camino paintings.  All monies received will be used to purchase construction services and materials for the Utopia Project.  This is a one off opportunity to share in this wonderful venture and to receive a limited edition book.

NOTE:  Payment may be made by cash, cheque or direct debit.  All books will be signed by Michael.  Cheque:  Please advise your name and postal address.  Cheques should be made payable to:  Aboriginal Building and Enterprises.  For Direct Debit:  advise your name and postal address.   (Aboriginal Building and Enterprises).  BSB 032-653 Account Number      26-9767 (email before making a direct debit).

Please ensure you provide your name and address, the number of books and any other contact details.

Michael Tarte, Melrose Park, 227 Melrose  2850.

Or   Email:    michael.tarte@bigpond.com    

 Paintings, Photography and Plans courtesy of Michael Tarte. 

An exhibition of Michael’s paintings will be held at St.Jude’s Anglican Church, 34 Bendooley Street, Bowral, NSW