Studio Coordinator – Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT

Applications close November 27, 2020

Full-Time Studio Coordinator

12 month contract (renewable) 3 months probation

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 is experiencing a significant period of growth and change with the next twelve months promising to be an exciting and rewarding time for the entire team. We have a rigorous fine art exhibition schedule and a number of exciting projects in the works. Papunya Tjupi is seeking a hard-working and motivated Studio Coordinator to help us tackle these opportunities and continue the artistic and financial growth of the organisation. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an Art 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 yearly salary is $60k plus 9.5% superannuation. In addition, other competitive allowance and entitlements are also offered and will be discussed at the interview.

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

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

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