Art Centre Manager – Minyma Kutjara Arts

Irrunytju community. Photo courtesy the art centre,

The Minyma Kutjara Arts Project, Irrunytju

Applications close May 20, 2022

About the organisation

Minyma Kutjara (two sisters) Arts Project, formally known as Irrunytju Artists is an Aboriginal owned art enterprise located in Irrunytju (Wingellina) Community, on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of WA, 12km from the tri-state border of SA and NT.

Minyma Kutjara Arts Project is a part of the Irrunytju Community Aboriginal Corporation and is the central creative hub of the community where artists, young and old, create artworks, share stories, and pass on knowledge. Working in a diverse range of mediums, with a strong connection to culture, Country and community, artists continue tradition while creating a sustainable business model for future generations.

About the role

The Art Centre Manager position is a unique opportunity to experience living in a remote community and work alongside artists to help develop their practice and support the Art Centre to grow.

The role of the Manager is to support the delivery of high-quality arts and cultural programming for Minyma Kutjara Arts Project.

The Manager will help design and deliver activities that generate social, creative, professional, and economic opportunities for Minyma Kutjara artists. With an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal people in accordance with community protocols and customs.

Possessing strong financial, analytical, and operational skills to effectively manage the administration of the Centre, the Manager will act as an ‘agent’ for artists, art sales, leasing copyrights, manage commissions, contracts, and art fairs.

Arts and Cultural Support

·         Support and inspire the professional development of arts and cultural expression at Minyma Kutjara Arts Project.

·         Coordinate and manage the studio in Irrunytju for use by community members of various age and experience and in multiple mediums, including attracting new artists.

·         Design and deliver arts and cultural programming, including skills development, workshops, and audience engagement for Minyma Kutjara members.

·         As per the agreement with the artists group, support and facilitate artists to produce, market and sell high quality art.

·         Travel with artists as required to attend exhibitions, events, on-country camps, and meetings.

·         Coordinate production through to final sale of artworks. Including works for exhibition and consignment.

·         Monitor artists output to ensure work is set aside for exhibition, awards, fairs, and tours. Incl. Desert Mob, Revealed and Tarnanthi.

·         Identify and facilitate training development opportunities for artists and staff, including arts worker training and support.

Studio Operations

·         Responsible for ordering, managing, and distributing professional grade art materials.

·         Support cultural development/maintenance, including opportunities for inter-generational transmission of knowledge and cultural expression.

·         Supervise and support arts and cultural workers.

·         Coordinate and support the display and sale of art and cultural work in Irrunytju for tourists, visitors etc.


·         Responsibility for the daily operations of the Minyma Kutjara Culture Centre.

·         Ensure that quality processes are followed, including photography, collation of stories, cataloguing and ensuring the SAM database is accurate and up to date.

·         Regular communication with stakeholders, including email and telephone correspondence, participate in meetings and provide written reports as required.

·         Always work within the operational budget and follow procurement procedures.

·         Responsible for sending invoices to be paid to the accountant.

·         Manage funding, including grant writing, reporting, and acquitting grants.

·         Support good governance.

·         Ensure the rights of members are upheld, including copyright, intellectual and cultural property, resale royalty and the Australian Indigenous Art Code of Conduct.

·         Comply with relevant occupational health and safety legislation and ensure safe work practices are observed.

·         Support the identification and sourcing of funding for programming, operations, and professional development.

·         Maintain and promote the artistic and cultural integrity of Minyma Kutjara.

·         Develop and maintain productive working relationships with community and external stakeholders.

·         Maintain Social Media accounts and website, including online sales.

How to apply

Download the full job description and selection criteria below.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and resume to:

Kendall Williams
Human Resources Officer
Ngaanyatjarra Council Group
Ph: 08 9363 1805

Applications close Friday 20th May.

Download job description here