Art Centre Manager Tjarlirli Arts

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Tjarlirli Art – Art Centre Manager

The Art Centre Manager travels between the Tjukurla community located on sandhill country on the edge of Lake Hopkins and Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community located on the edge of the Northern Territory and Western Australian border. The residents of Tjukurla are mostly Ngaanyatjarra people and in Kaltukatjara the Pitjantjatjara people. There is strong family ties between the two communities making the art centres a key social hub. The Art Centre Manager will be based in Tjukurla community.
Tjarlirli Art – Art Centre Manager
• 12-month contract (renewable)
• Salary sacrifice benefits (capped)
• Remuneration Package $70,000 – $80,000 base salary (additional benefits to be discussed at interview)
Tjarlirli Art centre fosters greater economic opportunity as well as cultural engagement. The artists believe that their art centre will help keep local Aboriginal culture strong. Working closely with the Board, the Art Centre Manager will;
• Support the artistic and professional development of artists and arts workers
• Develop and manage the exhibition program
• Build new relationships within the contemporary art sector
• Write and develop grant applications
• Build financial and in-kind support
• Have a genuine commitment to Indigenous self-determination
• Highly developed sense of aesthetic and;
• Have strong analytical skills for effective management of operations.
This is a unique opportunity for a professional who is passionate about the creation of opportunities for communities to grow and strengthen. You must have an understanding of the importance of sharing culture in this role as you are expected to take artists out on country for story, to collect the bush favourites such as maku (witchetty grubs), tjala (honey ants), ashes, tjanpi (grass for weaving) and tinka (goanna) or just to go for a drive.
The salary package is between the range of $70,000 – $80,000 per annum (base salary). In addition, other competitive allowance and entitlements are also offered and will be discussed at the interview.
Desart is the not-for-profit peak industry body for over forty Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres and the Tjarlirli Art Board of Directors has engaged Desart to assist them in the recruitment of their new Art Centre Manager. An information package along with the position description can be obtained from the Desart website or by email
Applicants are requested to submit written applications addressing the selection criteria and marked ‘Private and confidential’ addressed to: Senior Program Manager Desart PO Box 9219, Alice Springs, NT 0871 or via email to
Applications must reach the Desart office by 9am Monday 21st October 2019.
Download the Job Package.

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