Keringke Arts – Art Centre Manager

Keringke Arts is based in Santa Teresa, a small community of about five hundred people, located 80km south-east of Alice Springs. The country surrounding it is rich in rock art, artefacts and ceremonial sites. In Eastern Arrente, Santa Teresa is called Ltyentye Apurte, which means ‘stand of beefwood trees’. Santa Teresa is a community noted not only for its cohesion but also for the nature and variety of its support services and recreation facilities.

Keringke Art Centre began with a nine-week fabric-painting course back in 1987. In 1988 the women of Santa Teresa held an exhibition in at Australian Bicentennial Craft Show, the first time an Aboriginal group had done so. By 1989, ATSIC funding had allowed the building of a purpose-built Art Centre. It was named after the Dreaming place of Kathleen Wallace, one of the artists at Santa Teresa. Keringke means ‘Kangaroo Tracks’.

Keringke has flourished in recent times and is now a vital component of the area’s cultural, social and economic fabric.

Keringke Art’s creative practice

It was evident from the inception of the Keringke Arts association, that the Santa Teresa women certainly had an artistic style all their own. The women were instinctively drawn to work in bright colours, and their designs quickly became very fluid. According to Cait Wait, the women’s first coordinator, it was as though they had finally found an avenue for expression which filled a void in their lives, and they revealed in the opportunity.

While the stories and imagery of this vast country has influence on the works produced by the Keringke artists, their works are not usually accompanied by any one story. Instead, age old motifs, landscape forms and patterns of movement lay the ground work for dynamic images formed from a personal expression of self within the modern world.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an art professional. She/he will need to be highly motivated, have sound management skills, together with a highly developed sense of aesthetics and experience in arts development and marketing is required. Respect and understanding of cross-cultural environments and knowledge of contemporary Aboriginal art is also required. You must have listening and communication skills and know how to work to a Board.

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 package is a range of $65,000-$75,000 per annum (cash component). In addition, other competitive allowance and entitlements are also offered and will be discussed at the interview.

Desart is the non-profit peak industry body for over forty Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres and the Keringke Arts Executive Committee have engaged Desart to assist them in the recruitment of their new Art Centre Manager.

View the job information package and selection criteria here:

Applicants are requested to submit written applications addressing the selection criteria and marked ‘Private and confidential’ addressed to: Desart Senior Program Manager, PO Box 9219, Alice Springs, NT 0871 or via email to [email protected]

Applications must reach our office by 9:00am Monday 4th June 2018

3 May4 June 2018
Santa Teresa