Studio Coordinator, Papulankutja Artists, Blackstone, WA

Wati Kutjara by Janet Nyunmitji Forbes. Image courtesy of the art centre.

Applications close June 25, 2021

Papulankutja (Blackstone) is a remote Aboriginal Community, located at the foothills of the Blackstone Ranges within the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. It is about 330 kms of Uluru, 900 kms west of Alice Springs, 1575 kms north east of Perth and 205kms west of Warburton.

The name Papulankutja comes from the Ngaanyatjarra word for ‘stare without recognising each other’ and is associated with the Tjukurrpa story of two magical ancestral goanna men who didn’t recognise each other when they reached the eastern end of the Blackstone Range (Wirtapi Wara – Long Black).

Papulankutja Artists fosters greater economic opportunity as well as cultural engagement. The artists believe that their art centre will help keep local Aboriginal culture strong.

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 annual salary range is $60k – $65K  plus superannuation as per current legislation. In addition, other competitive allowance and entitlements are also offered and will be discussed at the interview.

Please note this position is for 12months with potential for extension dependent on funding.

Reporting to: Papulankutja Art Centre Manager, as studio coordinator, you will:

  • Work with the Manager to facilitate quality art production and coordinate bodies of work and individual works for consignment and exhibition.
  • Support the artistic and professional development of artists.
  • Provide artists with social support when required such as driving them to and from home or outstations if required.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate art workers to ensure the studio is kept an organised, well-stocked, clean and safe space for artists to work in.
  • Deliver customer service and sales to visitors at the Art Centre, on-site and on-line, as well as coordinate the freight and packaging of artworks for exhibition, consignment and online sales.
  • Ensure the supply and maintenance of art materials and ensure artists and art workers use materials to the highest professional standards.
  • Photograph art works to the highest possible standards and catalogue artworks using the art centres SAM database in conjunction with the art workers.
  •  Update the artists stories and biographies/cvs on the SAM database and website as required and maintain accurate records of the art centres membership.
  • 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 Art Centre Manager.
  • Respect and encourage maintenance of Indigenous language culture and tradition.
  • Assist with events such as bush trips, on-site exhibitions and art fairs.
  • You may also be required to travel to meetings and events regionally and interstate supporting artists to attend industry events.
  • Participate in professional development as required by the Art Centre.

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