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Art Centre Manager - Papunya Tjupi Artists

Desart Inc

The Role:

The art centre manager oversees all aspects of the art centre’s operation, and reports directly to the board of directors. They are responsible for ensuring strategic and sustainable growth through implementation of the business plan as well as maintaining and developing relationships within the cultural, arts, tourism, Indigenous and economic development sectors.

The art centre manager is also responsible for arts and artist support, administration, financial management, funding, marketing, sales, and supporting cultural activities. 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.

Location: Papunya Community, NT

About Us:

Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community art centre based in Papunya, 250km NW of Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Papunya is the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement, Tjupi (honey ant) is local Tjukurrpa (Dreaming), arts is what we do.

The art centre was established in 2007, in response to the vacuum following the homelands movement of the late 1970s, which saw the exodus of many of the famous pioneer painters. Central since foundation is the understanding that painting is an important part of culture and connection to country, and that the teaching and passing of knowledge is what keeps the community’s future strong.

Currently, we support emerging artists as well as some of Australia’s leading contemporary painters, from Papunya and the surrounding outstations. These artists continuously develop new ways to tell the old stories, and have established their own unique identity based on the legacy of their forefathers. They exhibit widely both nationally and internationally, with their works held by major institutions and private collections across the globe. We also support local arts workers, providing meaningful employment and professional development opportunities.

Employment Conditions

  • The base salary is $70,000-$80,000 (cash component) (range depending on experience) plus superannuation, and salary sacrifice package. Detailed salary package information at end of document.
  • 12 Month contract (renewable) will be offered to the successful applicant
  • Six weeks annual leave plus 17.5% loading
  • Applicants will need to obtain a police clearance prior to commencement

For more information regarding this position or the recruitment process please contact the Senior Program Manager Carmel Young on (08) 8953 4736. Desart is the non-profit peak industry body for over 35 Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres and the Papunya Tjupi Executive Committee have engaged Desart to assist them in the recruitment of their new Art Centre Manager.

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