Studio Coordinator – Papulankutja Artists

Lynette Brown at work in the studio. Photo courtesy the art centre,

Papulankutja Artists, Blackstone

Applications close June 10, 2022

About the community and art centre

Papulankutja Artists is an Aboriginal owned not-for-profit corporation operating in the Blackstone Community on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia. Papulankutja (Blackstone) community is approximately 900kms west of Alice Springs and 1575kms north-east of Perth.

As Yarnangu custodians, the artists play a major role in maintaining culture, law, and storytelling practices which are still relevant across the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Papulankutja artists are committed to achieving positive economic, social and cultural outcomes for Yarnangu.

The artists have participated in major collaborative exhibitions over the years including Songlines: Tracking The Seven Sisters for the National Gallery of Australia collection in Canberra and Ngurra which showed at South Australia Museum. Papulankutja participates annually in key industry events such as Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Revealed Exhibition for Emerging Aboriginal Artists, Desert Mob and Tarnanthi.

The paintings are available for sale through reputable galleries and directly from Papulankutja Artists website and all proceeds are returned to the artists and their organisation.

This is a unique opportunity for a professional who is passionate about the creation of opportunities for communities to grow and strengthen. An understanding of the importance of sharing culture in this role is important as you are expected to take artists out on country for artist’s camps.

About the role

Studio Coordinator

Reports to: Papulankutja Art Centre Manager

Position Description

As Studio Coordinator, you will:

1.       Work with the Manager to facilitate quality art production and coordinate bodies of work and individual works for consignment and exhibition.

2.       Support the artistic and professional development of artists.

3.       Work closely with Indigenous art workers, mentoring and training them in all aspects of the day-to-day requirements of the art centre and supporting their careers.

4.       Coordinate art workers to ensure the studio is kept an organised, well-stocked, clean and safe space for artists to work in.

5.       Deliver customer service and sales to visitors at the art centre, onsite and online, as well as coordinate the freight and packaging of artworks for exhibition, consignment, and online sales.

6.       Ensure the supply and maintenance of art materials and ensure artists and art workers use materials to the highest professional standards.

7.       Photograph art works to the highest possible standards and catalogue artworks using the art centres SAM database in conjunction with the art workers.

8.       Update the artists stories and biographies on the SAM database and website as required and maintain accurate records of the art centres membership.

9.       Provide administration support to the Manager with regards to the general business and day-to-day operation of the art centre as well as marketing and project management as instructed by the Manager.

10.    Respect and encourage maintenance of Indigenous language culture and tradition.

11.    Assist with events such as bush trips, onsite exhibitions and art fairs.

12.    You may also be required to travel to meetings and events regionally and interstate supporting artists to attend industry events.

13.    Provide artists with social support when required such as driving them to and from home or outstations if required.

14.    Participate in professional development as required by the art centre.

Salary Package
1.       Remuneration
•       The  salary   range  is between  $60k- 65k (dependent on experience) plus    superannuation as per current legislation

•       Salary sacrifice packaging is available (capped)

•       12 month contract (renewable – dependent on funds being secured)

2.       Hours of work
37.5 hours per week. Usual hours will be Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

3.       Travel
Relocation costs are available for this position.

4.       Accommodation
Accommodation and utility bills will be discussed with you at the interview.

5.       Annual Leave
6 weeks annual leave (based on completion of ordinary hours)

6.       Time off in Lieu
Where approved by the Art Centre Manager, you may take time off in lieu (TOIL), up to a maximum of 10 days.

7.       Conditions
Staff employed by the art centre are expected to abide by the relevant sections of the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct.

By-laws apply to all residents and visitors to Papulankutja (Blackstone) and any breach of by-laws regarding the use of alcohol or other substances is likely to lead to summary dismissal.

To apply

Applications must reach the Desart office by 5pm Central Standard Time Friday 10th June 2022. The acceptance of late applications will be at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer of Desart.

Download the full job description below for selection criteria.

For more information regarding this position or the recruitment process please contact Angie Stahl, General Manager on 08 8953 4736 or 0438 490 974.

Desart is the not-for-profit peak industry body for 36 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Centres and the Papulankutja Artists Board of Directors has engaged Desart to assist them in the recruitment of their new Art Centre Manager and Studio Coordinator.

Download job description here