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Tjungu Palya Art Centre are recruiting!

Fri November 6 @ 8:00 am - Fri December 4 @ 5:00 pm

Angkaliya Curtis with her painting 'Cave Hill'

Tjungu Palya artists and directors are seeking to fill two positions, Art Centre Manager and Studio Manager for their art centre in the remote community of Nyapari on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in the far north-west corner of South Australia.

Tjungu Palya is an Aboriginal owned and governed art enterprise, located about 100kms south of Uluru (Ayres Rock), in Nyapari community which is set at the base of the majestic Mann Ranges in the heart of country traditionally owned by the Pitjantjatjara people. These ranges known to Anangu as Murputja, likening the mountain to the bony ridge of a person’s spine, are the source of many water holes and traditional camping places.

The Art Centre sees a small group of top tier Australian painters gather daily to work on major exhibitions and private commissions whilst handing on knowledge to a group of talented emerging artists. It is not uncommon for four generations of one family to be gathered at the Art Centre, painting, singing and retelling the Tjukurpa. It is a hive of activity, of fun, of culture and creativity.  Tjungu Palya also plays a central economic and role in the future sustainability of the small remote communities of Nyapari and Kanpi.

The artists are known as early innovators with a significant stylistic influence on the wider APY art movement. They are also culturally knowledgeable and connected to country, making regular visits to dreaming sites and homelands to conduct maintenance, collect bush foods or materials and to camp

Tjungu Palya has developed a reputation for producing large scale works which travel around Australia and internationally to be exhibited and collected. Works from Tjungu Palya’s top artists are held by all the major Australian institutions and several significant private collections both nationally and internationally.

The homelands of Kanpi, Nyapari, Angatja, Umpukulu and Tjankanu have grown from seasonal camping places into permanent settlements. Over fifty artists from Murputja joined together with family members living in traditional country 180kms to the south at Watarru and created Tjungu Palya, which translates as Good Together and refers to this collaboration between the homelands.


12-month contract (renewable)
Salary sacrifice benefits (capped)
Salary range $70,000.00 – $80,000.00 (base salary)
The Art Centre Manager role requires strong leadership and the ability to deliver on artistic and community driven projects with exceptional outcomes as directed by the Tjungu Palya Board. The Art Centre Manager will be able to inspire and lead a team of arts workers as well as manage national and international networks and relationships.


12-monthcontract (renewable)
Salary sacrifice benefits (capped)
Salary range $60,000 – $65,000 (base salary)
Reporting to the Art Centre Manager the Studio Manager will work closely with artists and art workers to support their artistic and professional development and provide Art Centre administration support, studio management, social services support and project support as instructed by the Art Centre Manager.

Both roles require excellent interpersonal skills, a capacity to work effectively across cultures, and a genuine commitment to Indigenous self-determination. Strong management and analytical skills are essential for ensuring effective operations of Tjungu Palya Aboriginal Corporation as well as a solid understanding of the fine art industry.

Desart is the peak body for Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres and has been requested by the Tjungu Palya Board to manage the recruitment process for these two positions.  Applicants must download the job package for either position from the Desart website.  Applicants that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

A job package for both positions can be obtained from www.desart.com.au or by email programmanager@desart.com.au applications close Friday 4th December, 2020.

Please note the start date for both positions is February 2021.


Fri November 6 @ 8:00 am
Fri December 4 @ 5:00 pm
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