Art Centre Manager – Tjala Arts


Tjala Arts is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal arts and culture organisations. Tjala Arts is located in Amata, an Aboriginal community situated in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands, in remote North-West South Australia. Amata is situated among the picturesque Musgrave Ranges, approximately 120km south of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 500km southwest of Alice Springs.

Tjala Arts represents internationally renowned contemporary artists including Hector Burton, Ray Ken, Wawiriya Burton, Barbara Moore, Sylvia Ken, Tjunkara Ken and many other senior artists, as well as a large number of young and emerging contemporary artists. In addition to the successful painting studio and gallery program, the Art Centre also facilitates cultural programs with artistic outcomes.

The Art Centre Manager

This is the peak role within the organisation, overseeing 7 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff. The Manager is responsible five main areas: Operational management and Governance; Artistic development, Financial Management, Sales and Marketing and Human Resources. The position will be focused on building on the Art Centre’s past successes whilst developing new economic opportunities and revenue diversification.

Tjala Arts seeks an experienced, highly organised and focused arts professional with a proven record of successful business leadership and sound knowledge of enabling strong governance with an understanding of Australian Indigenous art.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has demonstrated experience achieving positive economic and social impact and working with Indigenous artists at a high level to take one of Australia’s most successful Aboriginal arts organisations to the next chapter of its story. Respect and understanding of cross-cultural environments and knowledge of contemporary Aboriginal art is required. You must have highly-developed listening and communication skills.

To succeed in this position, the successful applicant must evidence the ability to work in a cross- cultural environment. Previous experience in a similar role will be highly regarded. The salary package is between the range of $65-75,000 per annum (cash component). In addition other competitive allowance and entitlements are also offered and will be discussed at the interview.

Desart is the non-profit peak industry body for over forty Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres and the Tjala Arts Board have engaged Desart assist them in the recruitment of their new Art Centre Manager. The information package along with the position description can be obtained here

Applicants are requested to submit written applications addressing the selection criteria and marked ‘Private and confidential’ addressed to:

Philip Watkins – Chief Executive Officer / Desart
PO Box 9219, Alice Springs, NT 0871 or via email to
Applications must reach our office by 5:00pm on Wednesday the 1st of February 2017