Men’s Development Coordinator-Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT

Applications close November 27, 2020

Full-Time Men’s Development Coordinator

●     3 month contract (renewable), 37.5 hours a week

About Papunya Tjupi Arts
Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community arts organisation based in Papunya, the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement. Papunya has remained home to renowned senior artists involved in the beginnings of this art movement. The Art Centre was established as 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.

The artists of Papunya Tjupi have established their own unique identity based on the legacy of their forefathers. The Art Centre, located 250km NW of Alice Springs/Mparntwe, supports emerging artists and some of Australia’s leading contemporary painters. It was established in 2007, in response to the vacuum following the homelands movement of the late 1970s, which saw the exodus of many of the famous pioneer painters.

Papunya Tjupi currently consists of more than 100 artists from Papunya and surrounding outstations, with around 40 core artists working on a regular basis on-site. The artists are renowned for their strong line-work and for continuously developing new ways to tell the old stories. Central to Papunya Tjupi is the understanding that painting is an important part of culture and connection to country and that the teaching and passing of knowledge is what keeps the community’s future strong. Papunya Tjupi Artists exhibit fine art paintings nationally and internationally and feature in major public and private collections. The art centre is named after the main Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) of the Tjupi or Honey Ant with the local hill, Warumpi Hill, in the shape of a honey ant.

Papunya Tjupi Men’s Art and Cultural Revival
While the Aboriginal art movement that was catalysed by Papunya painters has garnered international attention for nearly fifty years, support floundered for artists in the community where it began. This changed with the opening of Papunya Tjupi, but the strong collective of largely female artists who founded it have dominated the studio ever since, meaning that there have been fewer opportunities for male painters.

Today, this is changing. Papunya Tjupi’s Directors have devoted some of the strength that the Art Centre has built over the last decade to support a burgeoning Men’s Art and Cultural Revival. This has led to huge successes over the past two years and a greater number of men engaging with the Art Centre than ever before. There is a core group of 17 emerging artists, many being young males, who work alongside one another in a newly built Men’s Painting Room which provides a permanent base for male artists to continue developing their practice and careers. The men have been going from success to success, from cultural and arts development bush trips and workshops and on-site exhibitions by the collective to sell-out solo exhibitions and even the taking home of a prestigious landscape prize by newcomer Carbiene McDonald Tjangala. This next year promises to be an exciting year as the Men’s Program becomes an established and integral part of the Art Centre with many challenges and projects ahead.

Papunya Tjupi are seeking a hard-working and motivated full time Men’s Development Coordinator to help us   tackle these incredible opportunities and continue the artistic, social and financial growth of the organisation. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an Arts or related professional who would like to experience life and work in a remote Indigenous community.

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 is $60k pro rata plus 9.5% superannuation. In addition, other competitive allowance and entitlements are offered and will be discussed at the interview.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander men are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Applications must reach our office by 9:00am Friday 27th of November 2020. The acceptance of late applications will be at the discretion of the Art Centre Manager


For more information regarding this position or the recruitment process please contact the Art Centre Manager on 0431 366 407 or Your application must be submitted to:

Please note this position has a mid-January 2021 start date.