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Are you a graphic designer with many ideas on how Desart can improve our printed publications?  We want to hear from you!

Desart is seeking to work with designers to update a range of Desarts well known and distributed publications in 2017.

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Art Worker Program Educator – Desart


Desart Inc is the peak body for Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres in central Australia. We are a collective voice for art centres on matters of shared interest and deliver programs to members that support the development and maintenance of strong governance, administration and infrastructure. Each art centre has its own set of governance, business and individual staff needs. Building and supporting capacities in relevant and useful ways is our strongest challenge. We prioritise opportunities for our membership to market and promote their art and crafts locally, nationally and internationally and to further their ability to remain autonomous, sustainable Aboriginal businesses.

In 2017 Desart is expanding our Art Worker Program. The Art Worker Program Educator will work under the direction of the Art Worker Program Manager (APM) with responsibility for implementing the art worker program as identified in Desart’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

This is a Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander identified…

Art Centre Manager – Papulankutja Artists

Papulankutja Art Centre Manager July 2016

Papulankutja Artists is a leading Aboriginal owned and governed Art Centre located in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of WA. At Papulankutja Artists, we are very community focussed and pride ourselves on everybody working together with a strong heart. Today, women and men, young people and old people, work together.

There are 60 artists at Papulankutja and 20 artists at Jameson working for Papulankutja Artists.
The artists and directors are now seeking a highly capable and motivated arts professional who can balance the demands of a high-energy studio, a busy enterprise and national networks. This is a leadership role, requiring enthusiasm, negotiation skills and adaptability.

The new manager will need finely developed aesthetic skills and hands-on studio experience.  The manager will have the skills to promote Papulankutja Artists through a robust exhibition program. This dynamic, fast paced and multi-faceted role will see you working with talented artists from the Western Desert, delivering a broad range of projects to cater for different…

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…

2016 Desart Photography Prize

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Program Officer – Desart


Under the overall supervision and mentoring of the Senior Program Manager, The Program Officer will provide support to the SPM for the delivery of key Desart Programs including but not limited to, the following:
• Art Centre Resource Development
• Art Centre Human Resource Program
• Art Centre Business Support Program
• Desart events (Desert Mob, Barkly Artist Camp and Desart Art Centre Conference)

The Program Officer will have impeccable arts development and project management skills. Your background may be as an artist, arts manager, cultural worker or project manager within the arts sector, government or creative industries. You may also be from a sector outside the arts but with the transferable skills that will support the growth and sustainability of Indigenous arts and cultural sector.

The Program Officer will have a good understanding of arts and cultural development with a particular passion for and experience in art projects. You will have what it takes…

Art Centre Manager – Papunya Tjupi

Papunya Tjupi Art Centre Manager

About Papunya Tjupi Arts

Papunya Tjupi Arts is an Aboriginal owned and controlled Art Centre based in Papunya, the birthplace of the Western Desert art movement, 240km north-east of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory.

Papunya is still home to renowned senior artists involved in the beginnings of this art movement. The Art Centre is a conduit for their expertise and experience to be passed on to the next generation: “We really want to teach our young people to paint too, and to teach our traditional culture through painting. This is very, very important to us.” Michael Nelson AO, Artist, Founder Papunya Tjupi Art Centre, 2007.

Papunya community was established in the late 1950’s for the local Luritja, Pintupi and Anmatyerre tribes. During the 80’s the homeland movement saw the Pintupi tribes move further west with the creation of Kintore and Kiwikurra townships. It is now predominantly made up of Luritja speakers…

EOI sought by Desart – Artists Workshops – Utju Artists

Self portrait by Muntajina Brumby courtesy of Areyonga Artists 2016
Muntajina Brumby
Self portrait by Muntajina Brumby courtesy of Areyonga Artists 2016

Areyonga, known locally as Utju, is nestled in a spectacular valley in the western end of the MacDonnell Ranges, about 100km from Hermannsburg and 240km west of Alice Springs.Its population of 235 residents predominantly speak Pitjantjatjara, having originally come from the Petermann Ranges in the 1920s when Anangu were forced to leave the Docker River area during a long running drought.

Areyonga Artists have recently started to facilitate the production, distribution and sale of the artworks made by Aboriginal artists from Areyonga Community. Their paintings are vibrant and diverse, reflecting each artist’s unique style, stories and connection to country.

Areyonga Artists have an art making facility and private accommodation will be made available for use. To succeed in obtaining this contract position, you must evidence your ability to work in a cross- cultural environment. Previous experience working in Art Centre will be highly regarded.

Enquiries about the project should be addressed in…

Vincent Lingiari Art Award celebrates 40 years of land rights.

Vincent Lingiari Art Award

“The land rights struggle and the Aboriginal art movement share the same roots,” said Desart’s Executive Officer Philip Watkins. “Aboriginal art, as an expression of identity and culture derived from country, is one of the social, cultural and economic success stories to have emerged on Aboriginal land in the last four decades.”
“What better way to celebrate this year’s big land rights anniversaries than to honour the visual artists who best express the history, contemporary relevance and the possibilities land rights offer to coming generations?” said CLC director David Ross.  Mr Ross said art and land rights have both empowered Aboriginal people.  “Central Australian artists and their families have used art works as evidence in numerous land claims,” he said. “Artists have played a major role in the fight for land rights and continue to do so.”
A panel of Aboriginal art industry luminaries will chose the winning art work, to be announced at a the launch of…

John Fries Award 2016 Entries Open


Indigenous artists encouraged to enter emerging art award.
With the first-ever win by an Aboriginal artist – 65-year-old Ben Ward from WA – of the $10,000 John Fries Award last year, the organisers are keen to receive even more entries from Indigenous Australian and New Zealand artists for the 2016 award, which has just opened for entries.

“The John Fries Award is really about a providing platform of discovery. It gives emerging artists the chance to gain first-hand experience of working with a curator, become better networked with others in the industry and have their work seen by thousands of people through an exhibition and online gallery.

Please see this media release for further information.
The John Fries Award is open for entry now and closes at 12 noon on Monday, 22 February. All finalists’ entries feature in an exhibition from 20 August to 1 October 2016 at UNSW…