Tjungu Palya – Art Centre Manager & Studio Manager

Application Close Date: 08/06/2018
Desart Inc
Submitted by: Jasper Coleman APY South

Tjungu Palya artists and directors are seeking a dynamic duo to manage their art centre business and studio in the remote community of Nyapari on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in the far north-west corner of South Australia.

Currently recruiting two positions; an Art Centre Manager and a Studio Manager, these individuals will need to have highly developed aesthetic skills and be motivated arts professionals.

The Art Centre Manager role requires strong leadership and the ability to deliver on artistic and community driven projects with exceptional outcomes as directed by the Tjungu Palya Board. The Art Centre Manager will be able to inspire and lead a team of arts workers as well as manage national and international networks and relationships.

Reporting to the Art Centre Manager the Studio Manager will work closely with artists and art workers to support their artistic and professional development and provide Art Centre administration support, studio management, social services support and project support as instructed by the Art Centre Manager.

Both roles require excellent interpersonal skills, a capacity to work effectively across cultures, and a genuine commitment to Indigenous self-determination. Strong management and analytical skills are essential for ensuring effective operations of Tjungu Palya Aboriginal Corporation as well as a solid understanding of the fine art industry.

About Tjungu Palya Arts

Tjungu Palya is an Aboriginal owned and governed art enterprise, located about 100kms south of Uluru (Ayres Rock), in Nyapari community which is set at the base of the majestic Mann Ranges in the heart of country traditionally owned by the Pitjantjatjara people. These ranges known to Anangu as Murputja, likening the mountain to the bony ridge of a person’s spine, are the source of many water holes and traditional camping places.

The Art Centre sees a small group of top tier Australian painters gather daily to work on major exhibitions and private commissions whilst handing on knowledge to a group of talented emerging artists. It is not uncommon for four generations of one family to be gathered at the Art Centre, painting, singing and retelling the Tjukurpa. It is a hive of activity, of fun, of culture and creativity.  Tjungu Palya also plays a central economic and role in the future sustainability of the small remote communities of Nyapari and Kanpi.

The artists are known as early innovators with a significant stylistic influence on the wider APY art movement. They are also extremely culturally knowledgeable and connected to country, making regular visits to dreaming sites and homelands to conduct maintenance, collect bush foods or materials and to camp. Recently a group of senior artists travelled to important dreaming sites to make ‘Painting on Country’ a hugely innovative and successful land art project, in which artists painted Tjukurpa directly onto rock with ‘Tutu’ a natural white pigment, these ephemeral drawings were then immortalized through a series of stunning large format photographs and the entire process was documented in a collector’s edition hard cover book. As a result of this and other projects younger artists are beginning to show an interest in film making and photography.

Tjungu Palya has developed a reputation for producing large scale, cultural potent masterpieces which travel around Australia and internationally to be exhibited and collected. Works from Tjungu Palya’s top artists are held by all the major Australian institutions and several significant private collections both nationally and internationally.

The homelands of Kanpi, Nyapari, Angatja, Umpukulu and Tjankanu have grown from seasonal camping places into permanent settlements. Over fifty artists from Murputja joined together with family members living in traditional country 180kms to the south at Watarru and created Tjungu Palya, which translates as Good Together and refers to this collaboration between the homelands.

Application Instructions

Click here to download the art centre manager job package and selection criteria.

Click here to download the studio manager job package and selection criteria.

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

Senior Program Manager, Desart

PO Box 9219, Alice Springs, NT 0871 or via email to

Applications must reach our office by 5:00pm on Friday the 8th of June 2018.