Papulankutja Art Centre Manager

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There isn’t a more exciting and rewarding job in the world than working for art centres.  One moment one is working with galleries negotiating prestigious opportunities or discussing pricing or marketing. The next moment you are getting your hands dirty mixing paint and supporting artists in their studio. Art centres operate as a studio for local artists, but also as a hub endeavoring to foster local Aboriginal culture and bring the community together. Working to an Aboriginal board in community is fantastic, and the roles of art centres goes well beyond that of a studio, you are working with community Elders every day. Art centres are the only places of real jobs in most communities. To Aboriginal people, they are the most important places in community and respected as such.

Papulankutja (Blackstone) is a remote Aboriginal Community, located at the foothills of the Blackstone Ranges within the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. It is about 330 kms of Uluru, 900 kms west of Alice Springs, 1575 kms north east of Perth and 205kms west of Warburton.

The name Papulankutja comes from the Ngaanyatjarra word for ‘stare without recognising each other’ and is associated with the Tjukurrpa story of two magical ancestral goanna men who didn’t recognise each other when they reached the eastern end of the Blackstone Range (Wirtapi Wara – Long Black).

Papulankutja Artists 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 art workers
• Develop and manage the exhibition program
• Develop and manage the Blackstone Festival
• Maintain and 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 artist’s camps.

The base salary package is $65,000 -$75,000 per annum in addition, other competitive allowance and entitlements are also offered and will be discussed at the interview.

Go to to download the Job Description and Selection Criteria.

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