Art Centre Manager, Papulankutja Artists

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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

1.       Maintain best practice administrative procedures required in the day-to-day operation of the art centre including correspondence, business documentation, stock control, retail and wholesale sales, reporting, financial management and contract management

2.       Prepare submissions for funding bodies and acquit funding in consultation with the directors, staff and Desart. Prepare mid-year reports and acquittals for submission to funding bodies.

3.       Financial management – banking, bookkeeping, working closely with the accountants and auditor of art centre and reporting to the Art Centre Directors.

4.       Maintain equipment, vehicle, buildings and facilities ensuring that they are in line with OH&S standards.

5.       Manage staff; Studio Coordinator and Aboriginal Art Workers.

6.       Encourage and support Aboriginal employment, through training and mentoring.

7.       Market and promote the art centre locally, nationally and internationally through appropriate exhibitions, projects, prizes and advocacy activities.

8.       Administer artists’ copyright and intellectual property including license agreements.

9.       Adhere to the projects and programs of the art centre as outlined in the organisation’s business and strategic plan and in accordance with applicable funding requirements and guidelines.

10.   Recognise and respect existing traditional law and leadership frameworks as they impact on the governance of the art centre.

11.   Maintain a cooperative, flexible and harmonious relationship with members, the community, its Council and other local organisations, as well as with external organisations and stakeholders.

12. Blackstone Festival: assist staff and fellow service providers with coordinating activities and participants dependent upon COVID-19 regulations.

How to apply

To receive a full job package including selection criteria please see www.desart.com.au or

For further information on the application process please contact Angie Stahl, General Manager on 89534736 or 0438490974 or  generalmanager@desart.com.au

Applications close 5pm Central Standard Time Thursday 5th May 2022.

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.

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