Art Centre Manager, Papulankutja Artists

Applications close May 7, 2021

Papulankutja Artists are seeking a new Art Centre Manager.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Ngaanyatjarra culture  and contribute to the understanding of Ngaanyatjarra culture, law, and storytelling practices through visual arts.  As our artists play a major role in maintaining law and culture, their art practice provides a vital role in narrating Tjukurrpa (traditional law and culture), connection to country and ancestors.


Located at Blackstone, a remote Aboriginal community in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, Western Australia, Papulankutja Artists is a community-driven enterprise facilitating visual art production and employment for Aboriginal art workers. Papulankutja Artists’ art centre incorporates studio spaces for its member artists and a small gallery shop.  The art centre also works with artists at Mantamaru (Jameson), a community 75kms to the west who have close family connections.

We are looking for a creative and motivated manager with sound business, financial and visual arts skills. A passion and commitment to the arts and community is essential.

The manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the art centre including supervising Yarnangu art workers, volunteers, and contracted specialists (trainers, visual artists, workshop convenors), generating sales, marketing, promotion, visual arts development, and brand growth. The diverse role also involves artist support and professional development, product development, supporting the governing body (directors) as well as assisting with cultural continuance.

The role requires someone with initiative who can multi-task in a cross-cultural environment, has strong communication skills, is flexible and able to work independently.

For accompanying partners seeking work, employment opportunities in the NG Lands are regularly advertised.

Personal attributes

We are looking for a professional who:

·   is innovative, creative and adaptive

·   has strong decision-making ability, sound judgement and commitment

·   demonstrates a high level of efficiency, is organised and attentive to detail

·   has excellent written and spoken communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills

What’s on offer

After a probation period, a two-year contract at $65,000 to $75,000 p.a. (dependant on experience) plus superannuation.  Other generous employment benefits to be discussed at the interview.

An information package along with the position description and selection criteria can be downloaded here.

How to apply

Email your application to  Late applications will be at the discretion of the Program Manager.

To be accepted your application must include a current CV, cover letter, provide three referees and address the selection criteria (download from Desart website). Applications close 5.00 pm Friday 7 May 2021.

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.

To apply for this position you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have unlimited working rights in Australia.

Download Job Description here